Movie review: 'Only the Brave' is gripping story of firefighting heroes

Wildland firefighting is a mysterious art: a delicate dance with a raging, unpredictable force. It's bested only with a unique mastery of weather, fuel and wind to extinguish fire with fire itself. If our image of firefighting is a big red truck and a hose, "Only the Brave," directed by Joseph Kosinski, tweaks that image, introducing audiences ...Read more

Movie review: 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' forces us to watch the terror

The work of Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos isn't for everyone. But there's a deep satisfaction to be found in his highly ironic, studiously styled and bizarre explorations of the human condition -- just so weird that they're profoundly true. His latest film, "The Killing of a Sacred Deer," is possibly his darkest work yet, in an oeuvre that has ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Oct. 17 and beyond

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


17: Spider-Man: Homecoming

17: Girls Trip

17: Lady Macbeth

17: Landline

17: American Gods

17: Batman vs. Two-Face

17: Shot Caller

17: The Good Place: Season One

17: The Wilde Wedding

24: War for the Planet of the Apes

24: Annabelle: ...Read more

Chicago artist creates ingenious library for protest banners

CHICAGO -- Aram Han Sifuentes, Chicago's exuberantly profane master of the sewing machine, dragged two large blue bags from Ikea across her basement, swinging them like wrecking balls before dropping them to the floor. The bags were overstuffed with fabrics, their crinkly polypropylene sides bulging with materials that had been folded in half, ...Read more

Trevor Noah: 'I think Trump is just my favorite character'

CHICAGO -- It's been a bumpy ride for Trevor Noah.

When he took over "The Daily Show" in September 2015, he was the interloper, the slick young -- and let's not forget, foreign -- guy getting the job that many devotees of the show under Jon Stewart thought should have gone to longtime contributor Samantha Bee.

And he was replacing Stewart, who...Read more

Column: Economist Richard Thaler is a Nobel winner we arty types can love

Richard Thaler, the University of Chicago economist from the Booth School of Business who won the Nobel Prize last week, is an economist we cultural pontificates can love.

Why? Simple. His work embraces human irrationality.

Some of us get to write about that every day. Another word for human irrationality is art.

You can see it splattered all...Read more

From Trump's election to Weinstein's fall: Sexual harassment is taken seriously at last

Film mogul Harvey Weinstein and President Donald Trump have become late-night TV's newest, albeit unwitting, comedy duo.

As Seth Meyers recently pointed out, both are powerful men accused by multiple women of sexual harassment. Both were caught on tape saying things to and about women that should have ensured they'd never make it a step further...Read more

Producers Guild to expel Harvey Weinstein, creates task force to address sexual harassment in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES -- The Producers Guild of America's board of directors has voted unanimously to terminate Harvey Weinstein's membership, the organization announced Monday.

The decision was reached during an emergency meeting held Monday by the PGA's National Board of Directors and Officers in the wake of a rapidly escalating controversy that has ...Read more

LAPD urges women who say they were victims of Weinstein to come forward

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Police Department said women who feel they were victims of a crime at the hands of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein should report what happened to authorities.

"We absolutely encourage anyone who may be a victim of sexual assault to come forward and report the crime," Josh Rubenstein, the LAPD director of ...Read more

Weinstein Co. in talks to potentially sell itself to Colony Capital

The Weinstein Co., beset by sexual harassment and assault allegations against ousted co-founder Harvey Weinstein, announced Monday that it is in negotiations to sell part or all of itself to Colony Capital.

The company -- known for producing films such as "Silver Linings Playbook," "Django Unchained" and "The Iron Lady," as well as the reality ...Read more

Album reviews: Robert Plant, Van Morrison, Kelela

Robert Plant

"Carry Fire"

(Nonesuch / Warner Bros. 1/2)

Robert Plant refuses to cash the Led Zeppelin reunion check, and God bless him for it. The 69-year-old rock titan continues to age with leonine grace. After finding his bluegrass and acoustic Americana groove with Alison Krauss on the Grammy-winning "Raising Sand" in 2007 and carrying ...Read more

Gunman changed life of 'Flint' star Jill Scott

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Singer-actress Jill Scott didn't start out to be a singer OR an actress. She was a poet. She actually earned some acclaim as a poet and even traveled with her verses tucked neatly under her arm.

But a gunman changed all that.

"I was across the street from my house. My friend and I were sitting in the car and a guy came...Read more

'Happy Death Day' stands out among weak lineup of wide releases

LOS ANGELES -- It's been a great season for horror, with Blumhouse's "Happy Death Day" becoming the latest such film to top the domestic box office in its opening weekend.

The $5 million movie, a bloody riff on the classic "Groundhog Day" concept, brought in an estimated $26.5 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to figures from ...Read more

Kate Winslet didn't thank Harvey Weinstein when she won the Oscar; here's why

NEW YORK -- When Kate Winslet won the lead actress Oscar for "The Reader" in 2009, she thanked 19 people by name along with many others in general.

She did not mention Harvey Weinstein, whose company financed and distributed the movie.

"That was deliberate. That was absolutely deliberate," Winslet told the Los Angeles Times in an interview ...Read more

Harvey Weinstein kicked out of motion picture academy

LOS ANGELES -- Harvey Weinstein -- a once-dominant force in the Academy Awards who rewrote the rules of Oscar campaigning -- was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Saturday in response to mounting allegations of sexual harassment and assault against him.

The film academy's 54-member board of governors, which includes ...Read more

Aiming for a horror boom: The producers of the blockbuster film 'It' ponder the genre's future in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES -- The Beverly Hills offices of KatzSmith Productions are filled with the kind of treasures one would expect from the company that helped create "It," currently the highest-grossing horror film of all time at the global box office.

Haunting the conference room is an immense cineplex standee for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," the...Read more

What next for Amazon studio?

LOS ANGELES -- As the head of Amazon's entertainment studio since 2014, Roy Price was tasked with shaping the e-retailer into a major player in the film and TV world.

But his unpaid suspension last week after a television producer accused him of making unwanted sexual advances toward her has not only raised questions about his future in the ...Read more

No one took Rose McGowan's claims seriously; now everyone is listening

LOS ANGELES -- Well before the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, Rose McGowan was already, in her words, a "feminist whistleblowing badass."

For months, the actress had warned of a powerful Hollywood figure who had allegedly raped her. She railed against a casting call that asked her to wear a tight tank top "that shows off cleavage (push up bras...Read more

Weinstein Co. board in turmoil over future of studio

LOS ANGELES -- The Weinstein Co. board of directors and executive ranks erupted into turmoil Friday over the future of the company co-founded by disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Bob Weinstein, brother of Harvey Weinstein, said the mini-studio they founded in 2005 is not shutting down or for sale despite sexual harassment and assault ...Read more

Movie review: Agnes Varda and JR embark on lovely, restorative trip across French countryside in 'Faces Places'

"It's good to see a woman standing tall."

The words are spoken by the Belgian-born filmmaker Agnes Varda late into her wonderful new film, as she and her crew snap photographs of three women in the French port city of Le Havre. Her plan is to make them stand as tall as possible by printing their portraits in large-scale, black-and-white ...Read more