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  • In this image released by Columbia Pictures, Ryan Reynolds appears in a scene from, ’Life.’ (Alex Bailey/Columbia Pictures-Sony via AP) Sci-fi horror tale ‘Life’ delivers solid scares
    The space-borne horror thriller “Life” won’t make anyone forget Ridley Scott’s “Alien” or John Carpenter’s “The Thing,” but it does offer some solid c...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 02:59 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by the Sundance Institute shows Shirley MacLaine in a scene from ’The Last Word,’ a film by Mark Pellington. The film was an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. (Sundance Institute via AP) Shirley MacLaine the high spot of ‘The Last Word’
    If not for the patron saint of spunky dames, Shirley Mac­Laine, there would be little to recommend “The Last Word,” a comedy-drama that — except for M...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 02:38 pm   |     |   Share
  •   Wilson (Woody Harrelson, right) arranges an instant-family reunion with his ex-wife Pippi (Laura Dern, center) and their daughter Claire (Isabella Amara), in the comedy ’Wilson.’ Kimberly Simms  |  Fox Searchlight Pictures Few laughs for Woody Harrelson’s curmudgeon in ‘Wilson’
    The acerbic comedy “Wilson” arrives amid news that its star, Woody Harrelson, has given up his long-standing marijuana habit. I have a suggestion for ...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 03:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Broad Green Pictures shows Ryan Gosling in a scene from, ’Song to Song.’ (Van Redin/Broad Green Pictures via AP) Malick misses the music in ‘Song to Song’
    Ever since his luminous 2011 tone poem “The Tree of Life,” when he juxtaposed the birth of the cosmos with the dynamics of a father-son relationship, ...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 03:12 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Horror tale ‘Raw’ serves up gore with sharp bite
    If your taste in horror runs toward the smart and sick, French filmmaker Julia Ducournau’s disturbing feature debut, “Raw,” is a worthwhile kick in th...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 02:25 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Michael Pena, from left, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard in a scene from, ’CHiPS.’ (Warner Bros via AP) ‘CHiPs’ reboot is rude, crude and pretty funny
    If you loved the 1977-83 TV show “ChiPs,” you might hate the theatrical movie based upon it. But the show wasn’t that good and the movie is surprising...
    Updated Mar 24 2017 03:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • British actress Emma Thompson turns down Trump offer
    Helsinki • British actress Emma Thompson says she once turned down an offer by Donald Trump to stay at the Trump Towers, years before he became the U....
    Updated Mar 23 2017 10:09 am   |     |   Share
  • Michael Pena, left, and Erik Estrada pose at the Los Angeles premiere of ’CHIPS’ at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, March 20, 2017. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) The film is ‘CHIPS,’ and ‘CHiPs TV fans are poised to hate it
    Hardcore “CHiPs” fans hate it. The real California Highway Patrol seems not quite sure what to make of it. But Larry Wilcox, who rode his motorcycle t...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 03:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this March 11, 2017 photo, Dax Shepard poses for a portrait to promote his film, ’CHiPs,’ at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP) Dax Shepard takes ‘CHIPS’ from prime time to ‘Bad Boys’
    Dax Shepard was only 2 when “CHiPs” started airing on NBC and 8 by the time the popular series about the California Highway Patrol ended. He remembers...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 11:47 am   |     |   Share
  • Zucchini is a 9-year-old sent to live in a foster home, in the Swiss/French stop-motion animated tale ’My Life as a Zucchini.’ The movie had its English-language world premiere in the Sundance Kids section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy Sundance Institute A child’s view of loss in ‘My Life as a Zucchini’
    Imaginatively rendered and tenderly told, director Claude Barras’ stop-motion-animated “My Life as a Zucchini” is a heart-wrenching tale of children w...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 09:42 am   |     |   Share
  • A scene from ’The Lure,’ which waspart of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival lineup. Courtesy Sundance Film Festival Fairy tale turns dark and sexy in ‘The Lure’
    If you like your fairy tales more devilish than Disney-fied, please check out “The Lure,” which transforms Hans Christian Andersen into a Polish disco...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 09:58 am   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Disney shows Dan Stevens as The Beast, left, and Emma Watson as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic ’Beauty and the Beast.’ (Disney via AP) Emma Watson’s Belle makes this ‘Beauty and the Beast’ bearable
    Like the buffalo-faced tragic hero of the story, Disney’s new live-action “Beauty and the Beast” arrives under a curse — that it will be compared to t...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 09:30 am   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Rachel Lueras, national marketing manager of Regal Entertainment Group, demonstrates the reclining chairs during the grand opening of the Regal Crossroads 14 on Thursday, March 16, 2017. New luxury movie theater in Taylorsville touts comfort
    Taylorsville • A new 14-screen movie theater opens this weekend in this west-side city, inviting moviegoers to get comfortable. The Regal Crossroads 1...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 05:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Disney shows Dan Stevens as The Beast, left, and Emma Watson as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic ’Beauty and the Beast.’ (Disney via AP) ’La La Land,’ ‘Beauty’ herald more Days of Sun for musicals
    So, perhaps you’ve heard: “La La Land” didn’t win best picture at the Oscars. But if every cloud has a silver lining, this one might be called golden:...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • Deidra (Ashleigh Murray, left) and Laney (Rachel Crow) get into trouble in the drama ’Deidre & Laney Rob a Train,’ which screened in the Next program of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Fred Hayes  |  courtesy Sundance Institute Young outlaws shine in ‘Deidra & Laney’
    Sisters become a modern-day Butch and Sundance in “Deidra & Laney Rob a Train,” a smart comedy propelled by two winning young actors. Deidra (Ashleigh...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 09:45 am   |     |   Share
  • This image released by CBS Films and Lionsgate shows Jim Broadbent in a scene from, ’The Sense of an Ending,’ a film based on the novel by Julian Barnes. (Robert Viglasky/CBS Films and Lionsgate via AP) ‘Sense of an Ending’ meanders through a man’s life
    I make it a policy not to read a book before seeing the movie version, because I learned that my expectations are altered by knowing what’s going to h...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 10:05 am   |     |   Share
  •   ’Yellow’ Mary (Barbara-O, center), accompanied by Trula (Trula Hoosier, top), talks to the pregnant Eula (Alva Rogers) in a scene from Julie Dash’s 1991 drama ’Daughters of the Dust.’ Courtesy Cohen Film Collection ‘Daughters of the Dust’ earns place in movie history
    It’s still a small miracle, one that hasn’t been sufficiently celebrated, that “Moonlight” won the Oscar for Best Picture last month. The fact that a ...
    Updated Mar 17 2017 09:47 am   |     |   Share
  • In this March 5, 2017 photo, composer Alan Menken appears at the press junket for ’Beauty and the Beast,’ at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/AP, File) Alan Menken on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ cuts, adds and intimidating Emma Watson
    Composer Alan Menken really wanted to include the song “If I Can’t Love Her” in the new live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” The soaring ballad, sung b...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 05:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • After outcry, Samuel L. Jackson walks back criticism of black Brits portraying African-Americans
    Actor Samuel L. Jackson recently criticized the casting of a black British actor to play an African-American in the horror film “Get Out.” The outcry ...
    Updated Mar 14 2017 09:55 am   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Disney shows Dan Stevens as The Beast, left, and Emma Watson as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic ’Beauty and the Beast.’ (Disney via AP) ‘Beauty and the Beast’ aims to enchant a new generation
    In 1991, Disney struck gold with “Beauty and the Beast.” The film enchanted audiences and critics alike and raked in several hundred million dollars a...
    Updated Mar 16 2017 02:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Tom Hiddleston appears in a scene from, ’Kong: Skull Island.’ (Chuck Zlotnick/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) ‘Kong: Skull Island’ is enormously entertaining
    What’s not to like about “Kong: Skull Island”? It’s filled with action. Great effects. Decent characters. A few surprises. Great monsters. And a giant...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 01:46 pm   |     |   Share
  • Bengu sleeps on an awning over an Istanbul street, in a scene from the documentary ’Kedi.’ Courtesy Oscilloscope Films Documentary ‘Kedi’ a fascinating look at co-existing species — humans and cats in Instanbul
    There is more than meets the eye in “Kedi,” a soulful documentary that follows the wanderings of stray cats in Istanbul, Turkey — and ends up saying s...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 01:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • ‘Neruda’ dissects the man behind the poems
    It’s a shame, really, that “Neruda” doesn’t touch the heart as elegantly as its titular poet’s writing — but that’s also the point of director Pablo L...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 01:50 pm   |     |   Share
  • Fraternity pledges (from left: Malik Bazille, Trevor Jackson, Tosin Cole, Octavius Johnson and DeRon Horton) go through hazing in director Gerard McMurray’s drama ’Burning Sands.’ The movie screened in the U.S. Dramatic competition of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Isiah DontÈ Lee  |  courtesy Sundance Institute ‘Burning Sands,’ coming to Netflix, is a harsh tale of fraternity hazing
    A solid young ensemble bolsters “Burning Sands,” a drama that demonstrates the horrors of fraternity hazing come in all colors. Six freshmen from the...
    Updated Mar 10 2017 02:00 pm   |     |   Share