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MATT PRIGGE

10 films streaming now that are naughtier than 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

The film of “Fifty Shades” is surprisingly skimpy on salaciousness, not even coming close to older transgressive movie bechmarks. These far naughtier films are all presently streaming: ‘Basic Instinct’ (Netflix Instant) This Paul Verhoen-Joe Eszterhas neo-noir seemed to...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 12:53pm

Malin Akerman has a few small complaints about 'Hamilton'

Malin Akerman has a few complaints about “Hamilton.” Not many, but a few. “I loved it, but I did think it was a little bit too long,” the actress confesses. “But you do get to drink alcohol in the theater, so that makes it much better.” She stresses again that...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 12:10pm

Anne Hathaway's baby has made her cooler towards Internet trolls

In person, Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis are buds. They don’t get along so well in “Colossal.” In the sci-fi comedy-drama, the Oscar-winning actress plays Gloria, a 30-something hot mess who’s forced — thanks in part to a considerable drinking problem — to ditch New York and return to her middle...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:27pm

Charlie McDowell on 'The Discovery' and directing his mom

Charlie McDowell is Hollywood royalty. He’s the son of Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell. (The two were married before she wed Ted Danson.) But he’s no rich kid, cashing in on his parents’ success. He’s worked hard, and he’s co-written and directed two films that show he has a real,...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 10:48am

'Ghost in the Shell' is another film where ScarJo kills it as a humanoid

‘Ghost in the Shell’Director: Rupert SandersStars: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou AsbaekRating: PG-133 (out of 5) GlobesThe very embodiment of the American remake of something foreign, the new “Ghost in the Shell” is like a late-comer to a party it itself started. You can blame a good deal of modern...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 11:58pm

This Wesley Snipes retro will make you wish he had a comeback

‘Major League: Wesley Snipes in Focus’BAMcinematekMar. 31 through Apr. 9Ingrid Bergman ditched Hollywood for Europe for five years because she fell in love with Roberto Rossellini. Joaquin Phoenix briefly quit acting to fake-become a rapper. Wesley Snipes went to jail. It was “only” tax invasion,...

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 5:30pm

'Ghost in the Shell' and 10 other cases of Hollywood white-washing

Hollywood isn’t that progressive. Much as actors and filmmakers talk a big game about making the world a better place, the movies still haven’t gotten over “white-washing.” This week sees the release of “Ghost in the Shell.” It’s a huge movie — one of the year’s priciest, starring one of our...

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 1:46am

'Prevenge''s Alice Lowe on how to make a horror film while pregnant

Alice Lowe is very nice. It’s a little surreal. If you’re an American and you’ve seen the English actress and filmmaker in a movie, you’ve probably watched her murdering someone. In 2012’s dark comedy “Sightseers,” which she also co-wrote, Lowe played a mousy woman whose boyfriend (Steve Oram)...

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 12:03am

Woody Harrelson is a hilariously exasperating loner in 'Wilson'

‘Wilson’Director: Craig JohnsonStars: Woody Harrelson, Laura DernRating: R3 (out of 5) GlobesYou wouldn’t want to bump into Wilson (Woody Harrelson) in real life. He’s the guy who sits next to a complete stranger on an empty bus and tries to chat. He always speaks his mind, which is to say he’s...

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:50am

Guess what? Dax Shepard's 'CHiPs' is better than it looks

‘CHiPs’Director: Dax ShepardStars: Dax Shepard, Michael PenaRating: R3 (out of 5) GlobesCan you recommend a movie that, more or less objectively, isn’t very good? That is spotty on laughs and sloppy when it comes to tone, story and especially when it tries to be an “action-comedy”? It would be easy...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:30pm

10 best space monsters in movie history, ranked

The coming months find no shortage of space monsters invading the multiplex — and just in time for the current administration to make (admittedly minor) cutbacks to NASA! There’ll undoubtedly be some in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” in Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 8:30pm

Meet Naomi Scott, co-star of 'Saban's Power Rangers'

Naomi Scott had a big problem while making “Saban’s Power Rangers”: There was a pizzeria under the apartment she was staying in.“It was the best pizza in Vancouver, and the best gelato. It’s the worst combination when you’re trying to be strict,” the actress recalls. “Every now and again, I’d treat...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:30pm

Stream 'Pete's Dragon' to see a better Disney remake than 'Beauty and the Beast'

‘Pete’s Dragon’Netflix InstantAs we speak, the new, live-action “Beauty and the Beast” is making all the money — this despite it being a near-beat-for-beat, song-for-song redo of a movie that already exists. At least the studio was adventurous enough with “Pete’s Dragon,” another in their new rash...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 10:00am

10 other old children's shows that should get gritty reboots

So here we are: Humanity has evolved to the point where we have a dark, gritty-ish movie reboot of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” Amazingly, this project was announced well before reality turned into a funhouse cartoon. We’ve long been used to Hollywood’s disinterest in new ideas, or ideas that...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 7:00am

Dakota Fanning on 'Brimstone' and still trying new things

At 23 years old, Dakota Fanning is a Hollywood veteran. She’s been acting for 18 years, since she was five. Her first job was a Tide commercial. She’s done blockbusters like “War of the Worlds” and played evil Jane Volturi in the “Twilight” movies. Nowadays she mostly does indies. (She will be in...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 1:09pm

Robert Redford to Trump: Leave the NEA alone

It’s not as dangerous as chucking out “Meals on Wheels,” but the Trump administration’s gutting of the National Endowment of the Arts could still be catastrophic. Last year the agency only cost about $150 million to fund, or how much it would cost to ensure Melania doesn’t have to sleep in the same...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 11:18am

We're not sure why Bryan Cranston is in 'Saban's Power Rangers' either

‘Saban’s Power Rangers’Director: Dean IsraeliteStars: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi ScottRating: PG-132 (out of 5) GlobesOne minute you’re gobbling up awards for playing LBJ on Broadway; the next you’re bringing unneeded gravitas to words like “Zordon” and “Zeo Crystal.” It’s not clear why Bryan Cranston...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 10:12am

'Life' is a knock-off of 'Alien,' and that's OK

‘Life’ Director: Daniel Espinosa Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson Rating: R 3 (out of 5) Globes It features Ryan Reynolds and two of the writers of “Deadpool,” but don’t worry: “Life” is a straight-up, no-joke monster-in-space movie, not...

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 4:18pm

Danny Boyle on how men age badly and the upside of heroin

Danny Boyle was really not surehe wanted to make a “Trainspotting” sequel. There was talk of a follow-up back around 2006, as the smash hit — the one about young heroin addicts and ne’er-do-wells, played by Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle — was turning 10. But it...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 4:25pm

Natalie Portman gushes about the unusual Terrence Malick

Natalie Portman has achieved what few actors have: She's appeared in multiple Terrence Malick films. The legendary filmmaker (of “Badlands,” “Days of Heaven” and “The Tree of Life”) is someone actors love to work for, even though his methods are so unusual. There is no script, and each day they...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 12:12pm