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Review: 'Insecure' remains funny and topical in Season 2

The debut season of HBO's "Insecure" was a stunning start, but at times it could feel claustrophobic, intimate to a fault. There was Issa Dee (creator and star Issa Rae) and there was the love triangle consisting of Dee, her boyfriend Lawrence (Jay Ellis), and Daniel (Y'lan Noel), a childhood friend. The rest -- Dee's career, her circle of ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

BEATRIZ AT DINNER. 3 stars. A Mexican-American nurse ends up at a dinner among wealthy California swells (John Lithgow, Connie Britton) causing friction-filled conversation that crosses lines of class and culture. From director Miguel Arteta and writer Mike White. 1 hr. 23 R (adult themes, language, class warfare) -- Gary Thompson

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Commentary: The 13th Doctor will be a woman, and that is good news

Change is built into the bones of "Doctor Who," but there is change and then there is change. The 13th Doctor has been announced, and that the part -- a regenerating alien played by many actors in turn since the show debuted in 1963 -- will for the first time be taken by a woman comes not so much as a surprise as a relief. One more young/old/...Read more

Movie review: 'Dunkirk' is one of Nolan's most resolutely human films

Director/writer Christopher Nolan is best known for his flights into the lands of the fantastic. From the dream world of "Inception" to the deep space of "Interstellar" and the caped-crusader heroism of his "Batman" trilogy, the British filmmaker often explores vistas far removed from the existence of the every day.

"Dunkirk," his latest film, ...Read more

Inside Comic-Con's Hall H, the most important room in Hollywood

Aromatic top notes of hot dogs and cooling nachos waft through the air, mingling with the distinct bouquet of 6,500 amped-up human bodies. Many have forgone showers and sleep to camp out overnight in the humid summer heat for the chance to be here, to cram themselves, elbow to elbow, into one of the seemingly endless rows of unforgiving folding ...Read more

Movie review: Time stands still in breathtaking 'Dunkirk'

Something curious happens to time in Christopher Nolan's movies. On screen, it twists and dances and coils enticingly; off screen, it vanishes. His magnificent new film, "Dunkirk," seems to be over in a flash -- you disappear inside of it and it changes you, as all great movies do.

Based on a remarkable story from World War II, "Dunkirk" ...Read more

Movie review: 'Landline' coasts on '90s nostalgia

Three of the key creative members of 2014's heartfelt abortion dramedy "Obvious Child" have re-teamed for the '90s family comedy "Landline." Director Gillian Robespierre once again joins forces with writer Elisabeth Holm and star Jenny Slate for this story about multi-generational complications of life and love.

The specificity with which Holm ...Read more

Is 'The Disaster Artist' James Franco's next shot at Oscar gold?

If you're a James Franco fan who felt the actor was snubbed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when his performance as an eccentric drug dealer in "Spring Breakers" failed to earn an Oscar nod -- rejoice. The actor's next shot at a gold statuette may have just arrived.

On Tuesday, A24 debuted a teaser trailer for "The Disaster ...Read more

Ed Sheeran, fresh from deleting his Twitter account, will make a 'Simpsons' cameo

Fresh off his cameo role on "Game of Thrones" -- after which he just quit Twitter -- English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will lend his voice and cartoon caricature to a new episode of "The Simpsons" that will parody "La La Land."

Titled "Haw Haw Land," the episode will be part of the show's upcoming 29th season. It casts Sheeran as the Ryan ...Read more

Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton announce their final duet performance as he closes out his career

Kenny Rogers' longtime duet partner and friend Dolly Parton will be among those helping the Gambler close out his career with a star-packed October show in Nashville.

The two have worked together since 1983, when they collaborated on "Islands in the Stream," which became a No. 1 hit.

"We've enjoyed a special friendship for decades, and I'll ...Read more

Disney says Kermit the Frog puppeteer fired over 'unacceptable business conduct'

The war of words rages on, but none of them are coming from the little green frog.

The Muppets Studio released a statement Monday revealing a bit more about its decision to part ways with longtime Kermit the Frog puppeteer Steve Whitmire.

"The role of Kermit the Frog is an iconic one that is beloved by fans and we take our responsibility to ...Read more

Movie review: 'Dunkirk' is an instant war classic

Not much can prepare you for the heart-stopping immersion of Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk," his tribute to the World War II battle that looms large in the history and heart of England. The 1940 evacuation of more than 300,000 British soldiers from a French beach, under heavy fire from German soldiers and planes, was aided by a flotilla of small ...Read more

Movie review: 'A Ghost Story' is an interesting look at life interrupted

Dallas filmmaker David Lowery seemed well on his way to blockbuster territory with his last film, a stylized update of the '70s Disney hit "Pete's Dragon." That destination seemed even more a certainty when word came out that he'd be remaking "Peter Pan."

But, for Lowery, the way to the Hollywood Hills still winds through the North Texas ...Read more

Movie review: 'Girls Trip' is raunchy yet refreshingly fun

Perfecting the raunchy, randy, female-driven comedy can be a tall order. "Bridesmaids" showed it could be done, though such successes can be few and far between. "Girls Trip" proves to be the heir apparent to "Bridesmaids," a film about female friendship that nails the comedy, the boldness and the heart. There's no need for high concepts or ...Read more

Movie review: By land, by sea and — especially — by air in 'Dunkirk'

With a bare minimum of dialogue, and a brutal maximum of scenes depicting near-drowning situations in and around Dunkirk, France, in late May and early June 1940, Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" is a unique waterboarding of a film experience.

Many will respond to it, primally, as a grueling dramatization of what the English call "the Dunkirk ...Read more

Thinking outside the mom box: Andrea Savage plays a variation of her human, imperfect self in new series 'I'm Sorry'

Frequently spotted in some of the sharpest TV comedies of recent years ("Episodes," HBO's "Veep" as President Laura Montez), Andrea Savage gets a series of her own with "I'm Sorry," which premiered last week on TruTV.

Inspired by her real life as an alumni of the Groundlings, Savage portrays a comedy writer who is occasionally hampered by an ...Read more

'To the Bone' director Marti Noxon and star Lily Collins realize the anorexia drama raises concerns, but it's personal for them

Lily Collins was struggling to put the weight back on. She'd whittled herself down to a skeletal frame to play an anorexic young woman in "To the Bone" -- a risky prospect, considering she was only a few years into recovery after her own battle with an eating disorder. She'd been warned by medical experts and nutritionists that regaining body ...Read more

Oscar-winner Mark Rylance talks about his everyman role in 'Dunkirk'

Oscar-winner Mark Rylance didn't need to method-act his way into "Dunkirk" and his role as a civilian volunteer who crosses the English Channel in his own boat to rescue stranded soldiers.

Rylance could look to his own extended family -- the firefighter cousin, for instance, who rushed into the burning Grenfell Tower on June 14 to rescue ...Read more

New on DVD for July 25: 'Gifted,' 'Ghost in the Shell'

This week's new DVD releases feature big roles for women but only the youngest star turns in a performance worth noting.

"Gifted" (3 stars): Any production – whether it be a TV show or film – that has a child at the center of the story will succeed or fail on the casting of the young actor. In the case of this feature, the selection of ...Read more

Concert review: Fleetwood Mac betrays its fans at Classic West show

LOS ANGELES -- I can't say I wasn't warned.

In a recent interview with Lindsey Buckingham, I asked the Fleetwood Mac frontman about turning his attention from his and Christine McVie's new duets album to Fleetwood Mac's participation in Classic West.

First, he cringed, as though the mere mention of the two-day festival -- which brought ...Read more

 

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