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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there were more stories than those of the Skywalker family. That was the idea Disney was counting on when it purchased George Lucas’s empire Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, …

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  • This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling, right, and Emma Stone in a scene from, ’La La Land.’ (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP) Emma Stone on singing her heart out in ‘La La Land’
    The things one learns on a movie shoot — like that tap-dancing on asphalt is hard. “It’s quite a thing,” said the actor Emma Stone. “It was amazing ho...
    Updated Dec 09 2016 04:43 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Paramount Pictures shows, from left, Kate McKinnon, Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller and Olivia Munn in a scene from ’Office Christmas Party.’ (Glen Wilson/Paramount Pictures via AP) Movie review: ‘Office Christmas Party’ will leave audience with a bad hangover
    The raunchy comedy “Office Christmas Party,” like most parties, goes along OK for a while but becomes an out-of-control mess by the end. In the Chica...
    Updated Dec 09 2016 12:38 pm   |     |   Share
  • Lobbyist Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain, right) and her assistant, Jane Molloy (Alison Pill), brief the staff on a client’s bill, in a scene from the political thriller ’Miss Sloane.’ Kerry Hayes  |  EuropaCorp Movie review: ‘Miss Sloane’ a sharp, and now impossible, political thriller
    Watching the political thriller “Miss Sloane,” I couldn’t help but think about “SpaceCamp.” For those who don’t remember their ’80s movies, “SpaceCamp...
    Updated Dec 09 2016 12:32 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios shows Casey Affleck in a scene from ’Manchester By The Sea.’ (Claire Folger/Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios via AP) Movie review: Grief and redemption in ‘Manchester by the Sea’
    Grief comes in many forms in “Manchester by the Sea,” writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s achingly beautiful drama about a man forced to reconnect with...
    Updated Dec 09 2016 12:26 pm   |     |   Share


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  •   Jim Cummings wrote, directed and stars in ’Thunder Road,’ a single-take short film that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. It is featured in the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour, opening Dec. 9 at the Tower Theatre. Courtesy Sundance Institute Movie review: Eight shorts from Sundance ’16 make a fascinating show
    The 2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour spotlights eight solid shorts, all from the festival’s run last January, revealing a fascinating grab-...
    Updated Dec 09 2016 12:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios shows Casey Affleck, left, with writer-director Kenneth Lonergan during the filming of ’Manchester By The Sea.’ (Claire Folger/Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios via AP) For Lonergan, an ambivalent moment in the sun
    The filmmaker and playwright Kenneth Lonergan, a self-described “ultranaturalist” whose eloquently empathic stories tremble with the richness of daily...
    Updated Dec 08 2016 04:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by A24 Films shows Alex Hibbert in a scene from the film, ’Moonlight.’ In Hollywood’s early but rapidly solidifying awards season, two films -- radically different in tone and tune -- have separated themselves from the pack: “Moonlight” and “La La Land.” “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’ lyrical coming-of-age tale, added to its already hefty haul on Sunday, taking best picture from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. (David Bornfriend/A24 via AP) ‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land’ separate from award season pack
    In Hollywood’s early but rapidly solidifying awards season, two films — radically different in tone and tune — have separated themselves from the pack...
    Updated Dec 08 2016 04:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this file photo from Oct. 30, 2015, filmmaker Roman Polanski talks to reporters in in Krakow, Poland, after a Polish judge ruled that Polish law forbids his extradition to the U.S., where in 1977 he pleaded guilty to having had sex with a minor. Poland’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, upheld a refusal to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski to the U.S. if he enters Poland. (AP Photo/Jarek Praszkiewicz, File) Poland’s top court upholds refusal to extradite Polanski
    Warsaw, Poland • Poland’s Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that the country would refuse to detain and extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski to the U.S...
    Updated Dec 06 2016 09:39 am   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Lionsgate shows Kate Mara, left, and Shia LaBeouf in a scene from, ’Man Down.’ (Lionsgate via AP) Movie review: ‘Man Down’ gets in the way of its own message
    A talented actor and a worthy message aren’t enough to save “Man Down,” a hopelessly convoluted take on war and the toll it takes on those who fight i...
    Updated Dec 03 2016 04:17 pm   |     |   Share
  • A scene from the documentary ’The Eagle Huntress.’ Movie review: A girl with a dream shines in documentary ‘Eagle Huntress’
    Stunning cinematography bolsters an inspirational story in “The Eagle Huntress,” a documentary about a teen girl pursuing a dream. Aisholpan is a 13-...
    Updated Dec 07 2016 05:36 pm   |     |   Share
  •   Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton, left) and his wife, Mildred (Ruth Negga), share a moment in the drama ’Loving.’ Ben Rothstein  |  Focus Features Movie review: ‘Loving’ shows quiet strength of a historic marriage
    It’s hard to think of a couple less assuming, and in historical and legal terms more important, than Richard and Mildred Loving, whose marriage is at ...
    Updated Nov 25 2016 02:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • Movie review: A new heroine sails into adventure in ‘Moana’
    Two traditions join forces with delightful results in the animated adventure “Moana”: the Pacific Islander culture that is lovingly and respectfully b...
    Updated Nov 25 2016 02:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Buster Keaton plays a Confederate engineer saving his train from Union thieves in the 1925 silent classic ’The General.’ Courtesy The Organ Loft Sean P. Means: 10 classics to expand a movie lover’s palate
    I had two conversations last week that made me think about the past, and the future, of movie watching. One was with the acclaimed director Peter Bogd...
    Updated Nov 30 2016 09:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Marion Cotillard, left, and Brad Pitt appear in a scene from ’Allied.’  (Daniel Smith/Paramount Pictures via AP) Movie review: Wartime drama ‘Allied’ good-looking, but thin on plot
    Romance and duplicity intertwine in “Allied,” a spy drama whose visual charms don’t quite compensate for a thin storyline. In French Morocco, in 1942...
    Updated Nov 26 2016 12:40 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Focus Features shows Ruth Negga, left, and Joel Edgerton in a scene from, ’Loving.’ (Ben Rothstein/Focus Features via AP) ’Loving’ tenderly explores the human side of a landmark case
    “Look at me,” Ruth Negga says in between sniffles. “I’ve only been doing this for two weeks and I’m sick already.” You wouldn’t know it to see her. Th...
    Updated Nov 24 2016 01:05 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Nov. 11, 2016 photo, Lily Collins, left, and Alden Ehrenreich, cast members in ’Rules Don’t Apply,’ pose for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) Q&A: ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ stars learned a lot from Warren Beatty
    At the heart of Warren Beatty’s long-in-the-making “Rules Don’t Apply,” which opened Wednesday, is a burgeoning but forbidden romance between a pair o...
    Updated Nov 25 2016 09:23 am   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Focus features shows Amy Adams in a scene from the romantic thriller, ’Nocturnal Animals.’ Adams stars in two complex performances this fall, in Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi ’Arrival,’ opening Nov. 11, and Tom Ford’s ’Nocturnal Animals.’   (Merrick Morton/Focus Features via AP) Movie review: ‘Nocturnal Animals’ a slick, lurid psychological drama
    One might fault Tom Ford’s dark psychological thriller “Nocturnal Animals” for placing style over substance — but the fashion designer-turned-filmmake...
    Updated Nov 26 2016 12:28 pm   |     |   Share
  • David Derrick is a story artist who worked on Disney’s animated feature ’Moana.’ Courtesy Walt Disney Company Utah animators talk about respecting Pacific culture in Disney’s ‘Moana’
    Before David Derrick started work as a story artist on Disney’s new animated feature “Moana,” he made a trip to Iosepa. The Utah ghost town, southwest...
    Updated Nov 22 2016 02:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Warren Beatty as Howard Hughes in a scene from ’Rules Don’t Apply.’ (Francois Duhamel/Twentieth Century Fox via AP) Movie review: Beatty’s ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ a muddled trip through old Hollywood
    Warren Beatty makes a long-delayed return to movies as the addled billionaire Howard Hughes in “Rules Don’t Apply,” a mix of screwball comedy and high...
    Updated Nov 26 2016 12:31 pm   |     |   Share
  •   Willie (Billy Bob Thornton, left) is bailed out by Diane (Christina Hendricks), who operates a Chicago charity Willie aims to rob, in the comedy ’Bad Santa 2.’ Jan Thijs  |  Broad Green Pictures Movie review: ‘Bad Santa 2’ can’t hold its crude edge
    Like the 2003 original, the comedy “Bad Santa 2” is a foul-mouthed and mean-spirited Christmas tale — but, unlike the original, it loses its nerve in ...
    Updated Nov 26 2016 12:35 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Focus Features shows Ruth Negga, left, and Joel Edgerton in a scene from, ’Loving.’ (Ben Rothstein/Focus Features via AP) Holiday movie preview: Films bound for Oscar glory
    As the fall turns to winter — though when the temperatures are in the 70s in the middle of November, who can tell anymore? — the movies tend to turn s...
    Updated Nov 22 2016 05:41 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2016 file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives at the ’Moana’ world premiere in Los Angeles. Miranda wrote songs for the film. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File) ‘Moana’ song work an oasis from ‘Hamilton’ craze for Miranda
    When Lin-Manuel Miranda needed a break from his American history phenomenon “Hamilton,” envisioning the crisp blue waters of Polynesia and Disney’s la...
    Updated Nov 23 2016 09:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Eddie Redmayne in a scene from, ’Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’ (Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros. via AP) Movie review: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sets up a wild wizarding world
    With “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” writer J.K. Rowling welcomes us back to the wizarding world she created in a movie that’s more about w...
    Updated Nov 20 2016 01:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Sony Pictures shows Joe Alwyn, portraying Billy Lynn, in a scene from the film, ’Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,’ in theaters on November 11. (Mary Cybulski/Sony-TriStar Pictures via AP) Movie review: ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ is a mesmeric trip
    “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk “ is not a war movie in the traditional sense. There are battle scenes, and brothers in arms banter, sure, but like i...
    Updated Nov 17 2016 05:45 pm   |     |   Share