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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

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

'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

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

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

Movie review: Viggo Mortensen's face says it all in soulful 'Captain Fantastic'

Every now and then, a movie comes along that plays out almost entirely on a gifted actor's face; you feel as if you could watch the whole thing in quiet close-up, and catch every nuance of the story. I think of Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine," Brie Larson in "Room," Denzel Washington in "Flight,... 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

How Viggo Mortensen learned to be captain of 6 kids onscreen

"W.C. Fields said don't work with kids or animals, I guess because they'll upstage you or drive you crazy," said Viggo Mortensen, with a soft chuckle. "But I've always enjoyed it." Read more

'Ghostbusters' writer: 'The bar was incredibly high'

"I feel like it's always been in my life," said Katie Dippold, speaking of the original "Ghostbusters" movie from 1984. "I loved it. I've always loved it." Read more

Movie review: 'Ghostbusters' reboot captures fun of original

"Ghostbusters" is back, with its impossibly jaunty theme song bouncing away in my head again like it's 1984. (Just try not to bop up and down when you hear that song.) Except it's 2016, and the Ghostbusters now are women - Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones - and the g... Read more

Movie review: Documentary lets Frank Zappa do the talking

What would Frank Zappa have to say about the unseemly battle being fought over his estate by his children that's put the guitarist and composer's name back in the headlines more than two decades after his death? Read more

Movie review: Even Bryan Cranston can't break the boredom in 'The Infiltrator'

How can a blood-soaked crime story take all the elements of classic neo-noir thrillers and become a perfect storm of tedium? Read more

Movie review: 'Ghostbusters' reboot is a hoot

Much of the conversation around the gender-swapped remake of "Ghostbusters" has been protests from (mostly) male fans of the original, who don't want to see women in the roles popularized by Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson in the 1984 original. But what's the fun in re-cre... Read more

'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' is a good but sloppy time

You already know the template for a movie like "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates." Two rowdy brothers get bullied into bringing nice-girl dates to their sister's wedding in Hawaii. ("You want us to bring dates to a wedding? Is that allowed?") Except the girls only pretended to be nice to get a fr... Read more

Movie review: Bryan Cranston entertains with dangerous spy game in 'The Infiltrator'

Bryan Cranston is an actor, you know what I mean? Capital A. He relishes the work, probably because it took him a decade or two, pre-"Breaking Bad," to snag the roles he deserved. (Guest stints on "CHiPs" and "Hill Street Blues" came a long time ago.) With that voice of steel and a face that can ... Read more

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