Capsule reviews of feature films

BAD MOMS. 2.5 stars. Mila Kunis stars as a stressed-out working mother who teams with two similarly overtaxed women (Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn), rebelling against a hissy PTA prez (Christina Applegate) in a mildly amusing, moderately raunchy, mostly schematic comedy from the writers of "The Hangover" franchise. 1 hr. 41 R (profanity, sex, ...Read more

Paisley Park likely to open for public tours in October

It may not be like Elvis Presley's Graceland, but Prince's Paisley Park complex could open as a museum in partnership with the King's estate on Oct. 6, the trustees for Prince's estate announced Wednesday. The opening would be one week before a planned memorial concert at U.S. Bank Stadium.

"Opening Paisley Park is something that Prince always ...Read more

Jamila Woods is a genre-blurring multitasker

Jamila Woods has spent most of her life multitasking, so juggling writing, education, community work and an increasingly high-profile music career doesn't faze her.

"It's important to immerse myself in one thing at a time to do it well, but I could never do one thing only," Woods says. "I will always be a poet and a singer, because I'm ...Read more

'Don't Breathe' has a 2-to-1 ratio of frights to flaws

A philosophic question: When a filmmaker shows terrific skill for two thirds of a movie, then descends into silliness, what grade should he get? Does it matter more in a horror movie, where even one major break in tension makes the tale totter?

You can ask yourself these questions at "Don't Breathe," where director Fede Alvarez (who did the "...Read more

'Hands of Stone' review: Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez do OK with bantamweight script

With "Hands of Stone," Robert De Niro officially enters his Burgess Meredith-in-"Rocky" phase, bringing the ringside grizzle and rumpled gravitas by the pound. In writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz's peppy, none-too-probing biopic of Panamanian champion Roberto Duran, played by Edgar Ramirez, the "Raging Bull" Oscar winner (and let's not forget...Read more

Movie review: 'Southside with You' a perfect look at first date of future first couple

"Politics? Maybe," so shrugs a young Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) in Richard Tanne's "Southside with You." At the moment, he's got more important things to focus on -- namely, his companion, Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) and whether they're on a date or not. Tanne's film follows the first date of the future first couple, "Before Sunrise" ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Aug. 15:

1. The Angry Birds Movie -- Sony

2. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice -- Warner

3. Mother's Day (2016) -- Universal

4. Meet The Blacks -- Lionsgate

5. Demolition -- Fox

6. Criminal (2015) -- Lionsgate

7. Miracles From Heaven -- Sony

8. London Has Fallen -- Universal

9. ...Read more

With a cloud over 'Birth of a Nation,' which awards contenders might avert #OscarsSoWhite3?

Nate Parker's blunt biographical drama "The Birth of a Nation" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 11 days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences came under fire for nominating only white actors for a second straight year. Parker's movie, which tells the story of Nat Turner's 1831 slave rebellion, earned a rousing ...Read more

Italy's most popular TV show, 'Gomorrah,' gets imported courtesy of Sundance

Danish, French, German, Spanish and now Italian -- subtitled foreign dramas aren't just for art-house theaters anymore.

In the last few years, American television has taken on Rosetta Stone tendencies with multilingual originals (Netflix's "Narcos," USA's "Queen of the South") and artisanal imports (the Danish politicos of LinkTV's "Borgen," ...Read more

It's not the Asian American Comedy Festival — it's the Comedy Comedy Festival

LOS ANGELES -- The comedy festival running Thursday through Sunday in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo neighborhood is an Asian American comedy festival, with a bill of more than 100 comics of Asian descent. But you wouldn't know it from the name of the event: the Comedy Comedy Festival.

Putting some element of racial identity in the title of the ...Read more

Jennifer Lawrence tops Forbes' list of highest-paid actresses for second year in row

Despite a drop in earnings this year, Jennifer Lawrence has been named the world's highest-paid actress for the second year in a row.

"The Hunger Games" headliner and "X-Men: Apocalypse" star brought in an estimated $46 million in the last 12 months, according to Forbes magazine, which compiles the annual list of moneymakers.

Those pretty ...Read more

Universal sets DreamWorks Animation leadership team

LOS ANGELES -- Universal Filmed Entertainment Group has solidified the leadership structure for DreamWorks Animation, a day after NBCUniversal completed its $3.8 billion acquisition of the Los Angeles-area studio.

DreamWorks Animation's film group, known for movie franchises like "Kung Fu Panda" and "Shrek," will continue to be run by feature ...Read more

Andrea Tantaros calls Fox News a 'sex-fueled Playboy Mansion-like cult' in lawsuit

Cable news host Andrea Tantaros has filed a lawsuit against Fox News, its ousted leader Roger Ailes and its top executives, claiming she was removed from her on-air role in retaliation for making a sexual harassment complaint.

Tantaros, a former co-host of the Fox News daytime program "Outnumbered," has been off the air since April 25. The ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Aug. 23 and beyond

Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:


23: The Huntsman Winter's War

23: The Nice Guys

23: Ratchet and Clank

23: The Man Who Knew Infinity

23: Maggie's Plan

23: Wiener-Dog

23: Clown

23: As Vs Evil Season 1

23: Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season Three

23: Castle: Season 8

23: ...Read more

Movie review: 'Don't Breathe' is a must-see to be believed

2016 has been a banner year for excellent horror films, which seems at times appropriate, given the horrors of this calendar year -- shootings, war, natural disaster, an unprecedented presidential campaign. When it feels like the world is going to hell in a handbasket, there's catharsis to be found in a horror film where the final girl fights ...Read more

Movie review: 'The Hollars' isn't much of a hoot

Crises of masculinity abound in John Krasinski's second directorial effort "The Hollars." He also stars in the film, a story of a man coming to grips with his past, present and future family. Krasinski's debut was "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men," and "The Hollars" might as well be titled "Mundane Interactions with Mediocre Men (and the Women...Read more

Nike empire's scion followed his dad's advice and carved his own path, making movies including 'Kubo'

In 2004, when he was 29, Travis Knight learned in a phone call that his brother, Matthew, who was four years older, had died in a scuba diving accident in El Salvador. It was Travis' responsibility to find his parents -- Nike founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny Knight, who were out at a movie -- and tell them.

"That was maybe the worst day ...Read more

'Better Late Than Never' sends elderly celebs on trip through Asia and tired tropes

Old people! So funny, and without even trying!

As a culture more invested in the inchoate ramblings of teenage pop stars than in the earned wisdom of the early-bird-special class, we find anything outside the imagined norm of the elderly -- bad words, motorcycles, sex, shenani-gans, high jinks -- improbable, unallowable and automatically comedy...Read more

CNBC series from LeBron James looks to give financial bounce to Cleveland

LOS ANGELES -- If the new CNBC series "Cleveland Hustles" had been about the ups and downs of basketball, then LeBron James would have been the perfect host. The NBA superstar and his business partner, Maverick Carter, are behind the new reality TV series.

Because the show is about entrepreneurs trying to find local, national and international ...Read more

Two families battle in 'Little Men'

Director Ira Sachs is a master at showing the ins and outs of interpersonal conflict. In his previous two films -- "Keep the Lights On" and "Love Is Strange" -- the stories revolved around gay men. In "Little Men," he broadens his universe with a textured portrait of two families reluctantly at war in which the fallout poisons the friendship of ...Read more