Movies

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

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

Kristen Bell's 'boob job' in 'CHiPs' revealed—'use 'em while you got 'em'

On the set of the buddy cop com "CHiPs,"Kristen Bell and (real life) husband Dax Shepard had a minor disagreement — and it's kind of a funny story.In the film, starring and directed by Shepard, Bell has a supporting role as his vapid, estranged ex-wife.“I wanted [my character] to be very...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 1:34am

Jake Gyllenhaal on why 'Life' is important in the age of Trump

Jake Gyllenhaal is drawn to a challenge. For “Southpaw,” he transformed himself into a ripped, powerful boxer. In “Everest,” he tackled mountain climbing. For “Life” — a sci-fi thriller/horror film about a crew of astronauts aboard the International Space Station who discover intelligent life, then...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 8:51pm

Watch: Ansel Elgort puts Ryan Gosling to shame with ‘La La Land’ cover

Sorry to bring up “La La Land,” but Ansel Elgort’s version of “City of Stars” is so good it could exist on its own Gosling, Emma Stone, Damien Chazelle, Oscar gaffe-free planet. The baby-faced, but still dreamy (the jury’s still out?) “Fault in Our Stars” actor casuallytook to Instagram yesterday...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 8:05pm

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

Geek Girl in Hollywood: On the Disney Princesses Avengers movie

There is allegedly a spec script floating around Hollywood called “Princesses,” which has fairy tale princesses teaming up a la the Avengers. It immediately piqued my interest, in both positive and negative ways. I’ll just go with the negative first, since there is far less of that.I was a Disney...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 4:30pm

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