Mark Ruffalo shape shifts as twins for moving HBO journey of self-discovery

It's like the Book of Job at times, the path of protagonist Dominick in HBO's "I Know This Much Is True." He's put through trials that could break a person as he tries to do right by his paranoid-schizophrenic twin, Thomas (both roles played by Mark Ruffalo). Dominick is not as virtuous as the biblical figure, though. He can't get away from his ...Read more

The best jazz recordings of 2020 to date: From Wynton Marsalis to Adam Palma

With live musical performances still in extremely short supply, recordings help us make it through the night.

Following are some of the best jazz releases of the year so far:

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: "The Music of Wayne Shorter" (Blue Engine Records). In one of the most compelling recordings yet from JALC's Blue ...Read more

'Normal People' stars can't wait until they can go out for a beer and dance together

Two days before the United Kingdom went into lockdown, Paul Mescal moved from his native Ireland to England. He'd been wanting to live in London for a while and knew he'd have at least one good friend nearby: Daisy Edgar-Jones, the costar he spent five months bonding with last year while filming "Normal People."

But due to COVID-19, the two ...Read more

What the culture clash between 'Hamilton' and Trump can teach us about America

The nation's stark divisions were dramatically thrown into relief this past holiday weekend. As cities turned themselves into pyrotechnic battlefields, the film premiere of "Hamilton" on Disney+ faced off against President Trump's incendiary speech at Mt. Rushmore -- two visions of America as fatally opposed as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr....Read more

Sen. Tammy Duckworth fires back at Fox News' Tucker Carlson after he questions her patriotism

CHICAGO -- Illinois U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a Purple Heart recipient who lost both legs in a combat helicopter crash in Iraq, fired back at Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Twitter after he challenged her and other Democratic leaders' patriotism and charged that they despise the country.

The volleys started when Carlson, in a nearly 14-minute...Read more

Amanda Kloots shares montage of memories with Nick Cordero: 'I was the luckiest'

Amanda Kloots is continuing to celebrate her husband, Nick Cordero, on social media after his death.

On Tuesday, fitness instructor Kloots shared a video montage chronicling her relationship with the Broadway star, who died Sunday morning at 41 after a long and turbulent battle with COVID-19. The video, compiled by Kloots' sister, features a ...Read more

Forget Baby Yoda. 'Hamilton' is Disney+'s best new weapon in the streaming wars

Walt Disney Co. did not throw away its shot with the streaming debut of "Hamilton."

The filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway smash drove a surge in downloads of the streaming service Disney+ during the Fourth of July weekend, according to data firm Sensor Tower.

Preliminary estimates show that the Disney+ app was installed for the ...Read more

Tom Hanks baffled by people who don't take COVID-19 seriously: 'It's killing people'

COVID-19 survivor Tom Hanks has a message for anyone unwilling to "do their part" to stop the spread of the respiratory illness.

Appearing Tuesday on NBC's "Today," Hanks reflected on his own early bout with the coronavirus and questioned why some weren't taking the pandemic seriously. He also discussed his forthcoming World War II drama, "...Read more

New on DVD: 'Body Cam' tackles cop corruption with horror

Corrupt cops run rampant in the top new DVD picks for the week of July 14.

"Body Cam": After a suspension and while grieving her young son's accidental death, police officer Renee Lomito-Smith (Mary J. Blige) is back at work with a new partner, the green, easily affected Danny Holledge (Nat Wolff). While on patrol, the pair discover the ...Read more

Movie review: Kooky 'Palm Springs' finds connection in 'Groundhog Day'-esque wedding time loop

We've probably all been to a wedding that felt like it would never end. For Sarah (Cristin Milioti), that wedding is her younger sister's, where she's drowning herself in red wine and extremely unprepared to give a speech. Now imagine living that nightmarish day again, and again, and again. This is a vision of a sun-drenched, perfectly ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for July 7 and beyond

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


7: Trolls World Tour

7: Balloon

7: Belzebuth

7: Blood and Money

7: Hope Gap

7: Law & Order: SVU Season 21

7: Proximity

7: Sorry We Missed You

7: Sweetness in the Belly

7: The Lost Husband

7: The Wild Goose Lake

7: Will and Grace ...Read more

'Greyhound' review: Tom Hanks' World War II Navy tale a good fit on Apple TV Plus

I can't say how "Greyhound" might look and feel on a big movie screen, because it's premiering July 10 on Apple TV Plus, a pandemic change of plans described in one recent interview as "absolutely heartbreaking" by the screenwriter and star, Tom Hanks.

But honestly, it's a pretty good fit for home viewing. Clocking in at under 90 minutes, not ...Read more

Remembering Ennio Morricone: His 10 most mind-blowing film scores

Ennio Morricone wasn't just the most important film composer of the 20th century, he was also the busiest. Morricone, who died Monday in Rome at age 91, is best known for his early work with Italian "spaghetti western" director Sergio Leone on movies including "A Fistful of Dollars" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

A sublimely in-your-face...Read more

What to stream: Consult this list when you need a delightful movie

A couple of Saturdays ago, I asked Twitter to recommend me "a really good, fun, delightful movie." Times are tough, and movies, well, sometimes, they should be easy, and yes, delightful. In response, I received almost 200 different suggestions, so I compiled them into a list to refer to whenever I need a really good, fun, delightful movie. This ...Read more

Pop Smoke's posthumous album: A chart-topping debut and a frustrating farewell

At the end of the title track of Pop Smoke's posthumous LP "Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon," there's a lament that hit different on Fourth of July weekend in 2020.

"Look at them young n -- goin' crazy-crazy, man / them n -- too dangerous / We gonna make 'em famous / the beautiful country got stars and bangers."

The lyric, like many on ...Read more

Kanye West's Yeezy, Jim Henson Co. and Gersh Agency got federal loans

Judd Apatow's production business, Jim Henson Co. and an apparel firm linked to music artist Kanye West were among the companies approved for a government loan program aimed at reducing layoffs during the pandemic.

The financial assistance, disclosed Monday by the Small Business Administration, was part of the Paycheck Protection Program, or ...Read more

Appreciation: 'A Fistful of Dollars' to 'The Untouchables': Ennio Morricone made music a movie star

It's hard for me to recall the most vivid moments in "Mission to Mars," Brian De Palma's outer-space drama from 2000, without hearing the great music of Ennio Morricone.

That probably isn't how you expected this to begin, but then, Morricone had a thing for unusual overtures, so bear with me. At one point in "Mission to Mars," the astronaut ...Read more

Appreciation: 5 movies that show Ennio Morricone was the grand mythmaker of modern film composition

A maestro has passed, at the age of 91.

For someone who lived a happily long and abundantly creative, improbably productive life, the composer Ennio Morricone has been preparing for his final bow for decades now, through his music. He was both a chameleon and a paradox -- an exuberant spirit who had a unique dramatic understanding of the ...Read more

Movie review: Action-packed 'Old Guard' elevated by exploring morality of immortality

The new Netflix sci-fi action film "The Old Guard," starring Charlize Theron and KiKi Layne, is a slick actioner with a supernatural twist. It has a great concept, cast and script, and it's executed crisply by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the director of "Love & Basketball" and "Beyond the Lights." This film makes her the first Black woman to direct a...Read more

Broadway actor Nick Cordero dies at 41 after long battle with COVID-19

Broadway actor Nick Cordero, who appeared in the Broadway productions "Rock of Ages," "Waitress," "Bullets Over Broadway" and "A Bronx Tale: The Musical," died Sunday morning after a long and difficult battle with COVID-19. He was 41.

His wife, Amanda Kloots, confirmed the news on her Instagram account. "God has another angel in heaven now," ...Read more