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Humanity, you had a good run. You produced Socrates, William Shakespeare, Marie Curie, Nelson Mandela and Beyoncé. You invented the wheel, music, the printing press, airplanes and the cronut. But then you had to experiment on primates, making them super-intelligent. …

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  • This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from ’Wonder Woman,’ in theaters on June 2. The film grossed $103.1 million in North America over its debut weekend, a figure that easily surpassed industry expectations, set a new record for a film directed by a woman and bested all previous stand-alone female superhero movies put together. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) Sean P. Means: Halfway through 2017, some reminders of Oscar-worthy work
    Nobody talks about the Oscars in June. In Hollywood’s calendar, summer is the time for mindless blockbusters (hello there, “Transformers”), while the...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 03:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Grimlock in a scene from, ’Transformers: The Last Knight.’ (Paramount Pictures/Bay Films via AP) The fifth ‘Transformers’ movie is an assault on the senses
    After the fourth “Transformers” movie, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” came out in 2014, director Michael Bay opined that “they should make it mand...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 03:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • Johnny Depp asks ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?’
    Johnny Depp was Glastonbury Festival’s inaugural guest at its new Cineramageddon drive-in movie theater in Britain Thursday night, and he certainly ga...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 08:06 am   |     |   Share
  • Arlen (Suki Waterhouse, left) and Miami Man (Jason Momoa) prepare for a fight, in a scene from the dystopian horror-thriller ’The Bad Batch.’ Courtesy Neon Films Dystopian horror-thriller ‘The Bad Batch’ looks cool, but plays rough
    As sophomore slumps go, filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour’s horror-thriller “The Bad Batch” is at least an interesting one — a gloss on the junkyard dystopi...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 06:43 pm   |     |   Share



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  • FILE - In this April 24, 2017 file photo, filmmaker Ron Howard arrives at the premiere of ’Genius’, in Los Angeles. Howard is taking command of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, June 22, two days after Lord and Miller left the project over creative differences. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File) Ron Howard takes helm of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film
    New York • Ron Howard is taking command of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 05:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Sundance Selects/IFC Films   Author and urban theorist Jane Jacobs, shown here leading a protest in the early 1960s, is the subject of the documentary ’Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.’ Movie review: ‘Citizen Jane’ details fight for a city’s soul
    A plucky intellectual takes on New York’s most powerful builder in “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City,” an engrossing documentary that details a histo...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 06:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by the Sundance Institute shows Salma Hayek in a scene from ’Beatriz at Dinner,’ a film by Miguel Arteta. The film was an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. (Sundance Institute/Lacey Terrell via AP) Movie review: ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ is small potatoes
    Someday, I’d love to see a solid stage play starring Salma Hayek and John Lithgow, matching wits and verbally jousting at the tops of their respective...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 03:55 pm   |     |   Share
  • An unhappily married couple (Adam Pally, left, and Zoe Lister-Jones, right) try to save their marriage by turning their fights into songs and forming a rock band (with Fred Armisen as drummer), in ’Band Aid,’ a comedy written and directed by Lister-Jones. It screened in the U.S. Dramatic competition of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy Sundance Institute Movie review: Comedy and pain in marriage in ‘Band Aid’
    Marital strife sounds better set to music in “Band Aid,” a relationship comedy that’s best when it’s being serious. Anna (Zoe Lister-Jones, who also w...
    Updated Jun 22 2017 03:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Disney shows Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, foreground, in a scene from ’Cars 3.’ (Disney-Pixar via AP) Movie review: ‘Cars 3’ sputters to the finish line
    The racing vehicles in “Cars 3” only have to deal with left turns and straightaways, but there’s one important curve the movie must face: the one on w...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 03:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures   Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) are surrounded by sharks while in a shark cage, in the thriller ’47 Meters Down.’ Shark thriller ‘47 Meters Down’ is toothless
    Great white sharks aren’t mindless eating machines but, according to scientists over the past few years, actually quite intelligent — presumably smart...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 03:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Sony Pictures Classics  Diane Lane stars in ’Paris Can Wait,’ a romantic comedy about a Hollywood producer’s wife taking a road trip from Cannes to Paris. Movie review: ‘Paris Can Wait’ is a slow-moving travelogue
    What could be more pleasant than driving from Cannes through Provence to Lyon and beyond with Diane Lane? That’s apparently what Eleanor Coppola, maki...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 03:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Janus Films   Janis Joplin performs at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, a moment captured in D.A. Pennebakbr’s documentary ’Monterey Pop.’ Movie review: Music legends still shine in ‘Monterey Pop’
    One of the landmark musical events of the “Summer of Love” happened on the weekend of June 16-18, 1967 — 50 years ago, to the day — and it’s a good th...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 03:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this image released by Universal Pictures, Tom Cruise appears in a scene from, ’The Mummy.’  (Universal Pictures via AP) Movie review: As a thriller, corporate-driven ‘Mummy’ unravels
    The action thriller “The Mummy,” meant to be the Big Bang of Universal’s new “Dark Universe” franchise, is something of a wet firecracker, more a corp...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 02:51 pm   |     |   Share
  •   Kate Mara plays the title role in ’Megan Leavey,’ a Marine corporal working with her military combat dog to save lives in Iraq. Courtesy Bleecker Street Films Movie review: Real-life war heroes get their due in ‘Megan Leavey’
    “Megan Leavey” is an energetic and emotional combat drama about a female warrior discovering the power of love on the battlefield, helmed by a female ...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 02:29 pm   |     |   Share
  • Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, from left, Actress Kate Mara, Retired U.S. Marine Corp. Megan Leavey, Actress Edie Falco and Actor Ramon Rodriguez attend the world premiere of ’Megan Leavey’ at Yankee Stadium on Monday, June 5, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP) Movie: Story of ‘Megan Leavey’ is a brothers-in-arms tale that just happens to be about ‘a dog and a female’
    As a documentary filmmaker, Gabriela Cowperthwaite had worked on a History Channel series about the lives of Marines. But one perspective was missing....
    Updated Jun 08 2017 10:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by A24 Films shows Carmen Ejogo, left, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. in a scene from ’It Comes At Night.’ (A24 via AP) Movie review: Subtle scares in thriller ‘It Comes at Night’
    The scares in “It Comes at Night” are primal and unnerving, as writer-director Trey Edward Shults follows the truth that what’s inside us is more terr...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 02:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Joss Barratt  |  Sundance Selects  Katie (Hayley Squires, center) and her kids Daisy (Briana Shann) and Dylan (Dylan McKiernan) are intimidated by security at a British welfare office, in a scene from Ken Loach’s drama ’I, Daniel Blake.’ Movie review: ‘I, Daniel Blake’ finds a voice trapped in bureaucracy
    British director Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” won the Palme D’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but this movingly humane story of average peopl...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 02:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • Nicola Dove  |  Fox Searchlight Pictures  Rachel Weisz plays the title character, a seductive but mysterious widow, in the costume drama ’My Cousin Rachel,’ adapted from the Daphne Du Maurier novel. Movie review: Weisz keeps dark secrets in ‘My Cousin Rachel’
    Rachel Weisz is a perfect fit for the title role in “My Cousin Rachel,” writer-director Roger Michell’s stately costume drama — and not just because o...
    Updated Jun 09 2017 02:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from ’Wonder Woman.’ (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) 'Wonder Woman’ conquers milestone with $100.5 million debut
    New York • “Wonder Woman” conquered milestones and movie myths at North American theaters, where the Patty Jenkins-directed superhero film powered its...
    Updated Jun 04 2017 06:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows, from left, Harold, voiced by Thomas Middleditch, George, voiced by Kevin Hart and Captain Underpants, voiced by Ed Helms, in a scene from ’Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.’ (DreamWorks Animation via AP) Movie review: Kids’ comedy ‘Captain Underpants’ holds up well
    In a time when “toilet humor” in a movie usually means a hapless character being covered in excrement, it’s a refreshing surprise that the animated “C...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 03:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from ’Wonder Woman,’ in theaters on June 2. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) Movie review: ‘Wonder Woman’ gets the royal treatment
    In a world of comic-book movies populated with sarcastic, jokey superheroes dropping witty one-liners with every move, “Wonder Woman” is a blast of fr...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 02:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Gilles Mingasson  |  IFC Films   Bryan Cranston plays Howard Wakefield, a lawyer who decides to check out of his life, in the drama ’Wakefield.’ Movie review: Cranston shows suburban pain in ‘Wakefield’
    Short of “Walter White: The One-Man Show,” it’s hard to imagine a more focused showcase for actor Bryan Cranston than writer-director Robin Swicord’s ...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 03:02 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Purdie Distribution  Kennedy Hansen (Tatum Chiniquy, center) surrounded by her family, in a scene from the LDS inspirational drama ’Love, Kennedy.’ Movie review: ‘Love, Kennedy’ only for the faithful
    At last week’s premiere of the Utah-made inspirational drama “Love, Kennedy,” director-writer T.C. Christensen spoke movingly about his movie’s real-l...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 03:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • |  Cohen Media Group  Winston Churchill (Brian Cox, left) meets King George VI (James Purefoy, center) and the Allied generals to discuss Churchill’s objections to the D-Day invasion plans, in the biographical drama ’Churchill.’ Movie review: ‘Churchill’ all bluster and useless fury
    The biographical drama “Churchill” is the biggest load of historical codswallop you’re likely to find — a thundering, blundering tale that purports to...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 03:13 pm   |     |   Share