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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

New indies to see this weekend: 'Frantz' and 'After the Storm'

‘Frantz’Director: Francois OzonStars: Paula Beer, Pierre NineyRating: PG-133 (out of 5) GlobesBack in the day, Francois Ozon (“Swimming Pool,” “8 Women”) was the badboy of French cinema. Age has a habit of chilling one out, and so it has for him, too. The 40-something Ozon has settled into a...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:30am

Justin Long talks 'Lavender' and looks back on 'Idiocracy'

Justin Long has a horror movie to promote. It’s called “Lavender,” in which he has a small but key role as a doctor who tends to a woman (Abbie Cornish) who realizes she’s blocked a traumatic memory involving mass murder, which she fears she may have committed herself. We can’t say any more about...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 7:00am

What to see at this year's New Directors/New Films

The genuinely new is so very hard to find. Even fresh talent owe a debt, sometimes considerably more, to the iconoclasts who came before. So while poring over the potential future filmmaking giants on display at the annual New Directors/New Films, be cautious. We don’t only mean you should dial...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 2:35pm

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller are not happy about being older

Do you remember seeing “Trainspotting” when it came out in 1996? Then guess what? You are officially old.That’s OK, because the cast of “T2 Trainspotting,” its new, belated sequel, aren’t handling that well either. Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller reprise their roles as Mark Renton and Sick Boy,...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 1:29pm

See 'The Departed' in 35mm this weekend — like you should

Soothe your St. Patrick’s Day hangover or keep the party going with Saturday’s late night 35mm screening of “The Departed” at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.It might be sacrilegious to point out that the definitive Boston Irish mob movie of our era was made by an Italian from Queens, but then Martin...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 1:16pm

Terrence Malick's still got it with the intoxicating 'Song to Song'

‘Song to Song’Director: Terrence MalickStars: Rooney Mara, Ryan GoslingRating: R4 (out of 5) GlobesReports of Terrence Malick’s irrelevance have been greatly exaggerated. It’s a tragic irony that the moment the filmmaker went from reclusive to unexpectedly prolific, critics would turn on him and...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 11:56am

'The Belko Experiment' is a weirdly boring exploding head movie

‘The Belko Experiment’Director: Greg McLeanStars: John Gallagher Jr., Tony GoldwynRating: R2 (out of 5) GlobesThe office drones trapped inside their corporate high-rise in “The Belko Experiment” have no clue why their mystery captors want them to kill each other. But the filmmakers’ motivation isn’...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 11:01am

Gugu Mbatha-Raw on why 2017's 'Beauty and the Beast' is the best

Call it a cliche, but Disney movies have a certain magic about them. How else do you explain classically trained British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw giggling delightedly when discussing being transformed into the feather duster Plumette for the new live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast”?It’s a...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 11:00am

Nerding out with John Gallagher Jr. about action movies

The last three movies John Gallagher Jr. have made have been genre. That’s odd for him. Before he co-starred in last year’s “10 Cloverfield Lane,” he was a strictly serious actor. He was on “The Newsroom.” He made indies and dramas like “Margaret” and “Short Term 12.” He did Eugene O’Neill’s “Long...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 4:22pm

'Beauty and the Beast' is a deeply inessential take on a classic

‘Beauty and the Beast’Director: Bill CondonStars: Emma Watson, Dan StevensRating: PG2 (out of 5) GlobesFar as powerfully inessential movies go, the recent live-action Disney remakes have been shockingly watchable. “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book” and the new “Beauty and the Beast” aren’t wildly...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 1:24pm

What movies to stream during Winter Storm Stella

On the off-chance that meteorology turns out to be a junk science, you probably have a Tuesday off. Thanks, climate change! Alas, because of technology, you may not have the entire day off. You’re probably chained to your laptop, sitting in your jammies doing work you’d ordinarily do in the office...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 7:00am

'T2 Trainspotting' will make you feel horribly old

‘T2 Trainspotting’Director: Danny BoyleStars: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee MillerRating: R3 (out of 5) GlobesThere are sequels that cash in on a hit. There’s the more noble breed that continue an ongoing story. Then there’s the third and best kind: The ones that are essentially “time travel movies.”...

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 2:45pm