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After seven years off the air, ‘MADtv’ makes a comeback


The CW

The new version of MADtv, Read more

Allen’s bittersweet ‘Café Society’ is an amusing, tasty morsel


Gravier Productions

In his 1977 film Annie Hall, Woody Allen most famously declared about Los Angeles that “I don’t want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light.” Read more

‘Star Trek Beyond’ gets personal in latest expedition



Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the rebooted franchise, isn’t a particularly memorable movie by any stretch. In fact, it feels more like an elaborate TV episode than a cinematic event. Read more

‘Les Cowboys’ a smart French look at contemporary society


Antoine Doyen

Les Cowboys, a multilayered, absorbing story about the search for a French girl who goes missing with her Muslim boyfriend, starts out in a very un-French way: with cowboys, horses, a Marlboro Man-like billboard, and Country and Western music. Read more

‘Train to Busan’ breathes new life into zombie horror


Well Go USA

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 ... Read more

‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ lives up to its title


Fox Searchlight

The release of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is genius counterprogramming 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 th... Read more

‘Star Trek’ franchise heads in a new direction

Film Summer Preview


The USS 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

Hollywood flees Louisiana for sweeter tax breaks elsewhere


Fox Searchlight Pictures

It’s the middle of a recent work day inside a Hollywood-style movie studio in downtown New Orleans, and Trey Burvant turns off the lights on an empty Stage 1. Read more

‘Lights Out’ will make you scared of the dark


Warner Bros.

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. Read more

‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ should be buried in the Arctic


Blue Sky Studios

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. Read more

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