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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

'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