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'The Boss Baby' is still our box office president

Donald Trump is still our president, and “The Boss Baby” is still our number one movie. While voice star Alec Baldwin was pulling double duty on “SNL” this weekend as both America’s own boss baby and skeezy alleged sexual harasser Bill O’Reilly, his big cartoon...

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 3:15pm

Watch this movie to prepare for World War 3

So, the world just got worse! As you heard last night, the Trump administration has fired missiles at Syria. If we had a different, thoughtful, sane president, that could be a noble act intended to save a beleaguered people. But when the Commander in Chief is the guy who possibly thought Frederick...

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 5:20pm

Walter Hill defends 'The Assignment' against charges of transphobia

Walter Hill knows “The Assignment” is controversial. Since premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall — hell, even while it was being shot — the latest from the legendary filmmaker (“The Warriors,” “48 Hrs.,” also "...

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 2:01pm

10 superhero movies they need to make immediately

What if all movies were superhero movies? It might happen one day. Along with animated kiddie films, they’re the only genre that reliably overpowers the box office these days. (Unless they’re the instantly forgotten super-catastrophe that was “Fantastic Four.”) Luckily, we...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:10pm

'Smurfs: The Lost Village' is as forgettable as the show

‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ Director: Kelly Ashbury Voices of: Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson Rating: PG 2 (out of 5) Globes You skipped the other “Smurfs” movies. They had real people in them — handsomely paid actors like Neil Patrick Harris hobnobbing with...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 2:39pm

Viggo Mortensen and David Cronenberg freak out the Coolidge this weekend

Though best known for early-career body horror extravaganzas like “Dead Ringers” and “The Fly” or his late period adaptations of unadaptable books (“Naked Lunch,” “Crash” and “Cosmopolis”), there was a brief spell back in the mid-2000s...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 4:15pm

Cry your eyes out over the trailer for the doc 'I Am Heath Ledger'

Some of us remember where we were when we heard Heath Ledger died. The news came out of nowhere, and it was a sock to the gut that someone this young and this talented had abruptly vanished from this mortal coil. We admit to not being blown away by him at first; in “10 Things I Hate About You...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 3:28pm

Go drown your Trump sorrows by seeing '1984' tonight

Less than a week after Donald Trump’s inauguration, “1984” sold out on Amazon. It was a little late; it would have been nice had people read George Orwell's dystopian classic before November. Still, things have chilled out a little since then, even as giant chunks of...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 4:14pm

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

Geek Girl in Hollywood: The thing about Spider-Man

The thing about Spider-Man is that he’s us. He’s any of us. I watched the new trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” this morning and it’s more obvious in this version of the Marvel superhero than it’s been in any of the versions I’ve seen out there. Peter...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 11:59am

'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

PHOTOS: 'Fast and the Furious' stars: Then and now

"The Fate of the Furious" speeds into theaters on April 14, promising new twists (Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto is a bad guy?) and almost certainly crazier stunts than before. That would be hard: The franchise has gotten more and more ridiculous and OTT with each installment. It's even hard to...

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 7:50pm

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

Explore Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski's crazy working relationship at the Coolidge this weekend

The mad, mercurial Klaus Kinski appeared in over 130 films but nobody ever worked with him twice. Nobody except for Werner Herzog, that is. The impossible actor met his match in the fearless filmmaker, collaborating five times on wildly ambitious and insanely perilous projects that could very well...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 9:47pm