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Movie review: 'Lights Out' scares up a few surprises

Even run-of-the-mill ghosts can be terrifying, but "Lights Out" introduces us to a new and even more chilling breed: the specter who is, apparently, a graduate of the Martha Graham Dance School. This creature, known as Diana, flings herself around a requisite creepy-old-house with wild, loose-lim... Read more

Movie review: South Korea's 'Train to Busan' is a thrilling, creative zombie movie

Just when you thought we'd reached peak zombie, along comes South Korea's "Train to Busan" to send an electrifying jolt through the genre. Breathless and brutal, the film is akin to someone smashing together "28 Days Later" with "Snowpiercer" and then convincing "Mad Max's" George Miller to help ... Read more

Movie review: 'Ab Fab' is just OK

Now, why would a movie go to the trouble to cast Dame Edna Everage and then not let her say anything? She pops up, momentarily but gloriously, midway through "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie," so quickly you wonder if you dreamed it. Then you see what Bubble (Jane Horrocks) is wearing (is that a c... Read more

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Jeff Bezos revels in 'Star Trek' role

Build a mammoth, disruptive Internet giant: Check. Read more

Movie review: 'Lights Out' finds big scares in the dark

Sell all your stocks immediately and invest in companies that make candles, flashlights, light bulbs or anything else that creates illumination. There's going to be a run on those items with the release of "Lights Out." Read more

Movie review: 'Ab Fab' makes a wickedly funny return

The release of "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie" is genius counter programming against the other massive media story of the week - the Republican National Convention. This outlandish, flamboyant British trifle is like a glass of champagne directly to the face of these dog days of a very trying sum... Read more

Movie review: 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' not false advertising

The self-indulgent, hard-drinking, party hardy, man crazy, egomaniacal and unaware Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) and Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) were the life of the television party for almost two decades. They've been away for a few years, but the most absurdly fabulous comedy pair to grace... Read more

Movie review: Fast-paced action makes 'Star Trek: Beyond' most furious in franchise history

Thanks to director Justin Lin, "Star Trek Beyond" is the most fierce in the 50-year history of the franchise. Lin combines the kind of full-speed-ahead action that he brought to the "Fast & Furious" franchise with a story that harkens back to the days when Gene Roddenberry was creating the show. Read more

Movie review: New 'Star Trek' a little too familiar

After its impressive "Star Trek" reboot and entertaining sequel, Paramount Pictures faces the inevitable moment when a longtime meal ticket begins to deliver leftovers. Read more

Column: 'Ghostbusters' is a divisive film, for silly reasons

The "Ghostbusters" reboot is the most divisive mainstream comedy in years, for pretty stupid reasons. Half the boy-men in America, whether or not they grew up wishing they co-starred in the 1984 original, wrote it off in 2014, minutes after director Paul Feig tweeted the news of a female-driven c... Read more

Movie review: 'Cafe Society' is wonderful look at love

In the 1930s, while America recovered from the bleakness of the Great Depression, the film industry delivered elegant character-driven entertainment that felt like love affairs between its beautiful stars and the public. It was an enchanting make-believe liaison, sometimes an imaginary infidelity... Read more

'The Secret Life of Pets' is an old dog with few new tricks

It's a little odd to hear Louis C.K.'s voice coming out of an animated dog when we're so used to it going on about hand jobs or the dark pit of human selfishness, but that's one of the little joys of "The Secret Life of Pets." You get to hear Louis C.K. yell "Ball!" and there's nothing sexual abo... Read more

Movie review: 'Lights Out' will make you afraid of the dark if you weren't already

David F. Sandberg's excellent horror flick "Lights Out" is a film about common fears and universal phobias; about things that go bump in the night, and exist only in the dark. Built on a clever premise, the film is executed seamlessly. It's the best expression of a low-budget horror flick: resour... Read more

Movie review: Latest 'Ice Age' disappoints

Fourteen years after the first "Ice Age" animated film was a hit, the fifth installment in the franchise, "Ice Age: Collision Course," rolls into theaters. Is it inevitable? Yes, 2012's "Ice Age: Continental Drift," was the highest grossing animated film that year. Is it necessary? Absolutely not... Read more

Movie review: 'Star Trek Beyond' is a fun reboot that makes the little things count

"Things have started to feel a little ... episodic," acknowledges the commander of the USS Enterprise in his famous captain's log, three long years into a five-year 23rd century gig. Read more

Movie review: 'Ghostbusters,' fun reboot has lots of ghosts and girl power

Parents need to know that "Ghostbusters" is a reboot of the classic 1984 supernatural action-comedy. This time around, it stars four talented female comedians - Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones - as the central quartet who must team up to use their knowledge of scie... Read more

A new frontier: 'Star Trek' franchise heads in a new direction

The U.S.S. Enterprise is murdered early in "Star Trek Beyond." "Slit its throat," the villainous Krall (Idris Elba) commands after invading the ship. His soldiers do just that. The vessel is decapitated. Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

THE BFG. 3 stars. Steven Spielberg's supersized dream of a movie, adpated from the Roald Dahl children's book about a little orphan girl and the Big Friendly Giant who takes her away. Newcomer Ruby Barnhill and Oscar-winner Mark Rylance star, and even if the story takes some silly turns, there is... Read more

Movie review: 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' worth searching out

Add this to your list of movies to see this month. Actually, make it first on the lineup. Read more

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