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A guide to the creatures of 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' and how they were made

Get to know the new creatures of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," from those adorable-annoying porgs to Luke Skywalker's green milk-giving island buddy.

Kenneth Turan reflects on 'The Post': How a film critic watches movies about experiences he lived through

Film critics do not, by any reasonable standard, lead glamorous lives. Most of our time alternates between sitting in dark rooms watching movies and sitting in lighter rooms writing about them. Not the stuff of great drama, not even close. But an accident of fate has meant that not one but two...

'Last Jedi' continues holiday box-office haul; 'Jumanji' and 'Pitch Perfect 3' open strong

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” continued to commandeer the box office as expected on Christmas weekend, though attendance dropped off significantly from the space opera’s opening weekend, in part due to moviegoers’ focus on holiday preparations. Ticket sales are expected to pick up again on Christmas...

Indie Focus: Unraveling truths with 'Phantom Thread,' 'The Post,' 'Molly's Game' and 'In The Fade'

Hello! I'm Mark Olsen. Welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. This week the recent Envelope Roundtable for lead actresses was published, featuring Annette Bening for “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool,” Jessica Chastain for “Molly’s Game,” Diane Kruger...

'The Last Jedi's' Laura Dern looks back at her complex characters from 'Blue Velvet' to 'Star Wars'

“Over time it does become about choices and reputation,” Laura Dern says of her career. The actress, 50, has spent her life in show business, in part thanks to her thespian parents, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern. Since making her film debut in “Foxes” in 1980, Dern has crafted a filmography that reflects...

Jessica Chastain pulls a winning hand in Aaron Sorkin's incorrigibly entertaining 'Molly's Game'

In the electrifying “Molly’s Game,” Jessica Chastain almost never raises her voice. She speaks with a calm and clarity that pulls you in, conveying intimacy and authority in the same breath. It’s a shrewd tactic that underscores the cool, guarded temperament of her real-life alter ego, Molly Bloom,...

Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps bring a wondrously perverse love story to life in 'Phantom Thread'

One of the most exquisite moments in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread,” a film composed entirely from exquisite moments, features a delicious riff on boy-meets-girl. The boy is having breakfast at a country inn; the girl is waiting on him. She trips, charmingly, on her way over to his table,...

Jessica Chastain is leading the charge for a new kind of Hollywood, both on-screen and off

Jessica Chastain isn’t sure how much she wants to act anymore. She’s not retiring or anything, not yet — she’s just not as passionate about the job as she used to be. “I’m more interested in the idea of making the world a better place,” she says. “In thinking about ‘What am I contributing to the...

Alexander Payne's sci-fi satire 'Downsizing' grapples with big ideas and (extra) tiny characters

Alexander Payne makes a bold move with "Downsizing," his biggest film yet, about people getting small

'The Post,' 'Hostiles,' 'Happy End' and other movie picks for Dec. 22

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang. Call Me by Your Name Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer give superb performances as two young men falling in love in the northern Italian countryside in this rapturously beautiful collaboration between director Luca Guadagnino...

Wes Studi has been shattering Native American stereotypes for years. It's time for Hollywood to catch up.

Wes Studi on Native Americans in Hollywood, Donald Trump and his meaty role in the western "Hostiles."

Street artist Sabo takes credit for 'She knew' posters targeting Meryl Streep

Street artist Sabo has put a name to the “She knew” posters featuring Meryl Streep and Harvey Weinstein that mysteriously appeared earlier this week in and around Los Angeles: his own. The L.A.-based, right-wing artist — who on Tuesday tweeted that he had “absolooooooolutely nothing” to do with...

'Crooked House' delivers a thrilling Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is having a moment, which is a very good thing when the filmed adaptations are as juicy and twisty as Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s “Crooked House,” starring Max Irons, tangling with a matriarchy of man-eaters in postwar Britain. The French director teams with writers Julian Fellowes...

The western springs back to life with 'Hostiles,' a brutal tale of moral survival

Once feared dead but found instead only sleeping, the western has sprung back to strong and compelling life with the intense, involving "Hostiles" being the latest case in point. Written and directed by Scott Cooper and powered by a dynamic trio of interwoven performances by Christian Bale, Wes...

Michael Haneke's 'Happy End' is a disquieting, blisteringly funny evisceration of the bourgeoisie

Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, except perhaps in the films of the Austrian writer-director Michael Haneke, where domestic misery tends to express itself as a series of repetitive, even ritualistic patterns. He has, in effect, turned this repetition into a kind of joke; in most of...

Myopic, unfunny 'Father Figures' sinks under white, male privilege

“Father Figures” is, ostensibly, a movie. I'm pretty sure it is. Moving images were projected, along with recorded sound, which indicates it is a movie, but the effect was so listless, low-energy and profoundly unentertaining that I jotted down in my notes “what even IS this?” It would be more...

Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' is a movie about the past that speaks to our times

"The Post" goes against the contemporary Hollywood grain. Propulsive major studio cinema made with a real-world purpose in mind, it's a risky venture that succeeds across the board. Prodded into existence by Steven Spielberg, one of the few filmmakers capable of making the studio system do his...

Paul Thomas Anderson and collaborators unravel the mysteries of 'Phantom Thread'

Each new film from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson now arrives on a wave of expectation and mystique. With its evocative use of period and place, his work moves from a sweeping philosophical expansiveness to refined details with startling ease. His new film, “Phantom Thread,” which opens Christmas...

Grim Russian war drama 'Forgotten by God' cuts deeply across generations

Somehow even bleaker than its grim title, “Forgotten by God” examines the horrors of war at close range. Directed by Aleksey Muradov and written by Dmitriy Lanchihin, this Russian drama is at once poetic and painfully realistic as it explores a century of conflict and its broader impact. Stories...

One world is more than enough in Korean fantasy 'Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds'

In the extravagantly conceived Korean spiritual adventure “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds,” dying only starts the journey. Firefighter Ja-hong (Cha Tae-hyun) sacrifices himself to save a young girl, only to find he’s been virtuous enough to receive a rare shot at reincarnation. With the help...

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