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Last Updated Apr 21, 2017 06:39PM

Summer movies are usually a playground for men and boys — as the two main genres, action movies and comedies, are led by male characters and pitched toward male viewers. This summer, there are signs that Hollywood is slowly starting …

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  • This image released by Disneynature shows mother and cub Pandas Ya Ya and Mei Mei in the new film, ’Born in China,’ which was shot over three years and captures the essence of multiple species in some of China’s most remote and rugged spots. (Ben Wallis/Disneynature via AP) A country’s natural wonders shown in Disney-made documentary ‘Born in China’
    China is a big place, and director Lu Chuan’s “Born in China” — the latest in DisneyNature’s series of documentaries — does an admirable job of conden...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 01:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by A24 shows, from left, Babou Ceesay, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley and Noah Taylor in a scene from ’Free Fire.’ (Kerry Brown/A24 via AP) Bullets and one-liners fly in clever ‘Free Fire’
    In a recent interview to promote his shoot-’em-up movie “Free Fire,” director Ben Wheatley says he mapped out the movie’s main location, an abandoned ...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 02:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Open Road Films shows Christian Bale, left, and Oscar Isaac in a scene from ’The Promise.’ (Jose Haro/Open Road Films via AP) Movie review: ‘The Promise’ turns genocide into soap opera
    The genocide of 1.5 million Armenians in the early part of the 20th century is a mostly ignored — and sometimes intentionally suppressed — chapter in ...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 02:19 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street Films shows Charlie Hunnam in a scene from ’The Lost City of Z.’ (Aidan Monaghan/Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street via AP) Movie review: Emotions are lost in ‘Lost City of Z’
    James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z” is a movie where all the elements are there — compelling story, fascinating location, strong cast, good performances...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 02:15 pm   |     |   Share



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  • This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Rosario Dawson, left, and Katherine Heigle in a scene from, ’Unforgettable.’ (Karen Ballard/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) Idiotic thriller ‘Unforgettable’ is best forgotten
    There isn’t a single thing about the would-be suspense thriller “Unforgettable” that isn’t idiotic, fake and laughable — and that includes the title, ...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 02:20 pm   |     |   Share
  •    Screenwriters Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin, left) and Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) work on uplifting movies for the British war effort during World War II, in the romantic comedy-drama ’Their Finest.’ Nicola Dove  |  STX Films ‘Their Finest’ a charming romance in wartime
    The people who would appreciate the charming British wartime romance “Their Finest” the most, oddly enough, are the characters in the movie — because ...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 01:54 pm   |     |   Share
  •    The painter Paul Cezanne (Guillaume Galliene, left) and the writer Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet) reminisce in the biographical drama ’Cezanne and I.’ Courtesy Magnolia Pictures Artists and ideas collide in ‘Cézanne and I’
    History lessons seldom come with as much passion as they do in “Cézanne and I,” French filmmaker Danièle Thompson’s full-bodied look at the parallel l...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 02:01 pm   |     |   Share
  •    Ryota (Hiroshi Abe, right) talks with his ex-wife, Kyoko (Yoko Maki) in a scene from Hirokazu Kore-eda’s domestic drama ’After the Storm.’ Courtesy Film Movement ‘After the Storm’ a tender look at life and love
    Few filmmakers get the rhythms of real life, and the ups and downs of relationships, onto the screen as elegantly and honestly as the Japanese directo...
    Updated Apr 21 2017 01:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Open Road Films shows Christian Bale, left, and Oscar Isaac in a scene from ’The Promise.’ (Jose Haro/Open Road Films via AP) Path to screen for Armenian epic includes evading a knockoff
    “The Promise,” the grandest big-screen portrayal ever made about the mass killings of Armenians during World War I, has been rated by more than 111,30...
    Updated Apr 20 2017 05:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Universal Pictures shows Charlize Theron, left, and Vin Diesel in ’The Fate of the Furious.’ (Universal Pictures via AP) Cars and acting styles collide in ‘Fate of the Furious’
    “The Fate of the Furious” is nearly as long as the last “Fast and the Furious” movie, the self-aggrandizing “Furious 7,” but without the mournful trib...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 04:04 pm   |     |   Share
  •    Jack Lowden plays Tommy Morris, the legendary young Scottish golfer who with his father revolutionized the game, in the biographical drama ’Tommy’s Honour.’ Neil Davidson  |  Roadside Attractions Golf, and family, at heart of ‘Tommy’s Honour’
    One probably must be a true student of golf to appreciate “Tommy’s Honour,” a handsomely mounted but slow-moving story about one of the sport’s most i...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 04:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this image released by Neon, Jason Sudeikis appears in a scene from, ’Colossal.’ (Cate Cameron/Neon via AP) Monsters emerge from pain in inventive ‘Colossal’
    New York magazine recently declared, “It’s not cool to hate Anne Hathaway anymore” — and “Colossal,” an inventive and emotionally resonant drama about...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 03:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Universal Pictures shows, Chris ’Ludacris’ Bridges, seated left, and Nathalie Emmanuel, seated right, and Tyrese Gibson, standing from left, Scott Eastwood, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez in ’The Fate of the Furious.’ (Matt Kennedy/Universal Pictures via AP) ‘Fast and the Furious’ on road to record global debut
    Los Angeles • The eighth installment in the “Fast and the Furious” is on the path to becoming the biggest worldwide debut of all time, besting both “S...
    Updated Apr 17 2017 09:19 am   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Lucasfilm shows Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron in a scene from the upcoming ’Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ expected in theaters in December.  (Industrial Light & Magic/Lucasfilm via AP) New 'Star Wars' teaser: 'It's time for the Jedi to end'
    New York • The first trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has dropped, showcasing a Luke Skywalker who just might be flirting with the dark side. Di...
    Updated Apr 14 2017 03:26 pm   |     |   Share
  • Disturbing ‘Donnie Darko’ returns in new print
    The 2001 psychological drama “Donnie Darko” is often called a cult classic, but it is a cult to which I never belonged. I was in the room — specifical...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 03:56 pm   |     |   Share
  •   Paula Beer plays Anna, a woman dealing with the loss of her fiancee in World War I, in François Ozon’s drama ’Frantz.’ Jean-Claude Moireau  |  Music Box Films Movie review: ‘Frantz’ explores pain and loss after war
    With precision and a clear eye for emotional details, French director François Ozon perfectly captures the pain and disillusionment of the “Lost Gener...
    Updated Apr 18 2017 03:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, McKenna Grace appears in a scene from, ’Gifted.’ (Wilson Webb/Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP) A child is caught in adult issues in tender drama ‘Gifted’
    The drama “Gifted” takes a difficult question — what’s in the best interests of a child when that child is talented beyond her years? — and presents a...
    Updated Apr 11 2017 08:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this March 31, 2017 photo, F. Gary Gray director of, ’The Fate of the Furious’poses at a junket to promote the film at Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP) F. Gary Gray speeds outta ‘Compton’ and into ‘Fast 8’
    Life hasn’t slowed down for director F. Gary Gray in a while. After a few years away from the business, the 25-year showbiz and music video veteran bu...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 04:30 pm   |     |   Share
  •  Clumsy (voiced by Jack McBrayer), Brainy (voiced by Danny Pudi), Hefty (voiced by Joe Mangianello) and Smurfette (voiced by Demi Lovato), from left, encounter strange creatures when they venture into the Forbidden Forest, in a scene from ’Smurfs: The Lost Village.’ Courtesy Sony Amination / Columbia ‘Smurfs’ trapped in a slow-moving sequel
    A star-studded voice cast can’t do much to improve the sluggish “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” another tale that will leave fans of the globally loved fo...
    Updated Apr 08 2017 01:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Alan Arkin, from left, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine appear in a scene from ’Going in Style.’ (Atsushi Nishijima/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) Review: Three well-aged stars add charm to ‘Going in Style’
    The late movie critic Gene Siskel used to have a yardstick for movies: “Is this film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lun...
    Updated Apr 08 2017 01:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Funimation Entertainment  Mitsuha, a teen girl in a rural Japanese town, wakes up not feeling herself, in a scene from the anime romantic drama ’Your Name.’ Star-crossed lovers in Japanese tale ‘Your Name’
    The Japanese anime tale “Your Name” is a beautifully rendered story of two teens brought together and kept apart by a twist of cosmic fate. One mornin...
    Updated Apr 08 2017 01:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Screen Media Films  Deputy Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole, left) must deal with terrors inside and outside a soon-to-be-abandoned hospital, in the horror thriller ’The Void.’ Review: ‘The Void’ serves up effective horror scares
    The Canadian horror movie “The Void” provides effective scares by giddily throwing every trope into the mix. The writing-directing team of Jeremy Gill...
    Updated Apr 08 2017 01:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • ‘Land of Mine’ a predictable wartime drama
    The Danish movie “Land of Mine” is as unsurprising and by-the-book as a wartime drama could be, and the only burning question one has leaving a screen...
    Updated Apr 08 2017 01:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this March 9, 2017, photo, actress and playwright Katharine Houghton, who starred in the 1967 film ’Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ with Sidney Poitier, poses for photographs in New York. The film, which earned 10 Oscar nominations (winning two) and landed among the 100 greatest movies by the American Film Institute, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ legacy debated on 50th anniversary
    Fifty years ago, Katharine Houghton found herself on her first big movie set making something that made plenty of people deeply worried. Houghton and ...
    Updated Apr 13 2017 05:14 pm   |     |   Share