Movie review: 'Sherlock Gnomes' doesn't stand out from pack of family-friendly film boom

There's a current boom of family-friendly film fare inspired by beloved British literary characters, which makes this moment ripe for the animated "Sherlock Gnomes," the sequel to 2011's "Gnomeo and Juliet." In terms of ranking these adaptations, "Sherlock Gnomes" is quite a bit more pleasant than "Peter Rabbit," but doesn't touch the wonder of ...Read more

Television Q&A: How much of the skating did Margot Robbie do in 'I, Tonya'?

You have questions. I have some answers.

Q: We just saw "I, Tonya," and I was wondering how much of the skating Margot Robbie actually did.

A: Robbie, of course, played the notorious skater Tonya Harding in the comedy-drama based on Harding's life. And she spent months training for the film, Emmy-winning skating choreographer Sarah Kawahara ...Read more

Netflix-bound Shondaland has a parting gift for ABC: the 'Grey's Anatomy' spinoff 'Station 19'

"Grey's Anatomy," which was born way back in the first term of the Bush (II) administration, has had a baby, which it has named "Station 19."

The new offspring was to be introduced to the world Thursday on ABC, in that programming playground called Shondaland, though with executive producer Shonda Rhimes taking future business to Netflix, it ...Read more

How 'brown buffalo' Oscar Acosta, best known as Hunter Thompson's Dr. Gonzo, inspired his own TV doc

There was his size: a substantial 6 feet, 225 pounds, according to his FBI file.

There was his style: a Chicano attorney who materialized in Los Angeles courtrooms in loud ties, bearing business cards embossed with the Aztec god of war and, on at least one occasion, a gun.

Then there was his death, which was not so much a death as a ...Read more

Do critics overlook the wrong movies? The case for 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle'

Of all the things I get asked as a film critic, I'm always tickled, though no longer surprised, by one of the most frequent questions: "How do you decide what you're reviewing?"

Buried within that question is really another. It's not just a matter of "What do you like and dislike?" but also "How much control do you exercise over what you get ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

ANNIHILATION 3 stars. A group of scientists (Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson) enters a mysterious zone of new life comprised of mutating alien DNA. Trippy, downbeat sci-fi from director Alex Garland (Ex Machina) mixes old and new special effects, old and new sci-fi ideas. 1 hr. 55 R (violence) -- Gary ...Read more

My worst moment: 'Death of Stalin's' Jason Isaacs and the missing co-star

Well-known in the U.K., British actor Jason Isaacs is probably best recognized in the U.S. as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, or more recently as "Star Trek: Discovery's" Captain Gabriel Lorca. He's also currently filming the second season of Netflix's "The OA."

But his role as a puffed-up army general in the new 1953-set comedy "The ...Read more

'Pacific Rim 2' review: This time, it's impersonal

"Pacific Rim: Uprising" may be not be much, but in the spirit of the film itself, let's be realistic. It's better than any of the "Transformers" movies, and shorter.

The sequel to the Guillermo del Toro-directed "Pacific Rim" (2013) plows through its battle sequences and utterly mechanical "humanizing" moments until the last 20 minutes or so. ...Read more

Lollapalooza 2018 lineup: The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White among headliners

CHICAGO -- The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, the National, Vampire Weekend and Odesza will headline Lollapalooza.

The lineup, announced Wednesday for the festival Aug. 2-5 in Grant Park, brings a strong hip-hop presence that includes Logic, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, Tyler the Creator, Lizzo and Brockhampton.

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Matt Danner happy to speak for new version of 'Muppet Babies'

Matt Danner has been working in animation for more than two decades, starting while he was still in high school. Over the years, he's worked on a variety of programs, including "Gravity Falls," "The Looney Tunes Show," "Dan. Vs.," "Wander Over Yonder" and "WWE Slam City." None of those projects has excited him as much as being named the ...Read more

Movie review: 'Pacific Rim Uprising' manages to outpace its predecessor

The "Pacific Rim" action franchise has a relatively simple premise -- giant robots and alien monsters clobber each other to smithereens -- but surprisingly, it's driven by a supremely radical embrace of collectivism, teamwork and empathy. This isn't necessarily a surprise, because it comes from the big, beating heart of Guillermo del Toro, who ...Read more

Wes Anderson has howling good success with 'Isle of Dogs'

Oscar-nominated Wes Anderson has always shown what can happen when an unbridled mind meets a creative heart. Whether it be the unique examination of family in "The Royal Tenenbaums" to the redefining of animated storytelling with "Fantastic Mr. Fox," Anderson has taken what in the hands of a lesser creative soul would be merely a passable story ...Read more

The National Book Critics Circle winners are announced — and they're all women

Women swept the National Book Critics Circle awards, announced Thursday night in Manhattan. Women prevailed in all of the six competitive categories.

Joan Silber took the fiction prize for her novel "Improvement," published by independent press Counterpoint. The story of a single mother in Harlem who becomes involved in criminal schemes with ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of March 12:

1. Thor: Ragnarok -- Disney

2. I, Tonya -- Universal

3. Coco -- Disney

4. Daddy's Home 2 -- Paramount

5. Murder on the Orient Express -- Fox

6. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri -- Fox

7. Wonder -- Lionsgate

8. The Disaster Artist -- Lionsgate

9. Lady Bird -- ...Read more

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters says he's 'ashamed' of Fox News and leaves his role as analyst

NEW YORK -- Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a longtime analyst for Fox News, told colleagues he is done with the network he says has become "a propaganda machine" for President Donald Trump.

Peters said in an email first reported Tuesday by BuzzFeed that he chose not to renew his contract as a paid contributor with Fox News on March 1 because he...Read more

Fate of Harvey Weinstein sex assault cases now in hands of 2 cautious prosecutors

LOS ANGELES -- After months of investigating, a handful of criminal cases involving Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein are now in the hands of two veteran but cautious prosecutors: Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

In Los Angeles, the investigation is focused on an Italian actress...Read more

Hilary Swank had 'Trust' in returning to work

LOS ANGELES -- Hilary Swank apologizes for being late for the interview as she and the publicist for the FX series "Trust" took a wrong turn down a hotel corridor. It's an understandable mistake, especially when you factor in that it has been a few years since the Oscar-winning actress has been part of any kind of promotional press for a project...Read more

For 'Black Panther' fans, what to know about the suburban hamlet of Wauconda

WAUCONDA, Ill. -- When we last left the kingdom of Wauconda, its doors were opening to the world, and its rulers were explaining, to anyone who listened, that they no longer stood in the shadows.

Disguised for too long as a modest village hidden by forest preserves, tall grasses and lakes, with seemingly little to offer, Wauconda, its king and ...Read more

Jared Harris's boat is rocked on 'The Terror'

PASADENA, Calif. -- British actor Jared Harris wasn't sure what he wanted to be when he hauled off for college in America. "I was very argumentative so they thought I could be a lawyer or something like that," he says.

"I didn't really like the things. You know, families discuss the careers of their children, and I was never that excited about ...Read more

Hollywood studios win as European countries vie for U.S. production dollars

In "Mission: Impossible -- Fallout," the upcoming sixth installment of Paramount's action franchise, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) travels to Paris where he engages in vehicular mayhem on the city's narrow streets, dangles from the ceiling of the Grand Palais and guns his motorcycle around the Arc de Triomphe.

Hollywood loves a working European ...Read more