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'Little Mermaid' comes up short of being big fish tale

"The Little Mermaid" is swimming against a massive cinematic tide. This live-action romance/drama is a sweet film about love and lore that would have done a lot better in the fall or spring when the box office battles aren't so brutal. Arguments can be made for alternative summer movie options, but in this case the lack of a major star in either...Read more

Movie review: 'Alpha' is simple, but will melt any dog lover's heart

You know Sheila the She-Wolf from "Glow" on Netflix? "Alpha" would be her favorite movie. She'd watch it every day on a VHS tape, memorizing each line of Cro-Magnon dialogue, fashioning her costumes in tribute to the fur-trimmed Hot Topic looks sported by the characters, adopting a Czech wolf dog like the one in the movie. It's sweet, really, to...Read more

Around the Remote: "The Last Sharknado: It's About Time", "2018 MTV Video Music Awards", more

DON'T MISS: "The Last Sharknado: It's About Time" -- The nutty, low-budget film franchise that dared to imagine the meteorological mayhem that occurs when man-eating sea creatures rain down from the sky is calling it quits. The sixth and final installment picks up right after the conclusion of "Sharknado 5: Global Swarming," when Fin (Ian ...Read more

Heather Graham finally sees 'Bliss' as good thing

LOS ANGELES -- The initial reaction by Heather Graham to the concept of the series "Bliss" was anything but blissful. She thought the idea of a man trying to juggle two families sounded so sexist she got mad that someone -- David Cross of "Arrested Development" fame -- was going to make such a program.

"Then when I started reading the script, I...Read more

Review: '93Queen' offers an insider's view of women's lives in a self-contained Hasidic community

Whatever their manifold differences may be, ultra-orthodox Muslims and ultra-orthodox Jews do share a zealous determination to keep women away from motorized vehicles.

While Saudi Arabia until quite recently kept women from driving at all, a similar dynamic played out in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, as revealed in the intimate...Read more

One father with two secret families. Life is complicated in the comedy 'Bliss'

It's not exactly "Big Love" or "Sister Wives," but BritBox comedy "Bliss" pushes the concept of juggling multiple families to the extreme.

The half-hour comedy by actor and comedian David Cross ("Arrested Development") was to arrive Wednesday on the BBC and ITV streaming service, and it follows the exploits of renowned travel writer Andrew (...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Aug. 6:

1. Life of the Party -- Warner

2. Breaking In -- Universal

3. Overboard (2018) -- Lionsgate

4. Rampage -- Warner

5. Ready Player One -- Warner

6. I Feel Pretty -- Universal

7. Super Troopers 2 -- Fox

8. Blockers -- Universal

9. A Quiet Place -- Paramount

10. Blumhouse's ...Read more

'Crazy Rich Asians' is crazy good

Love and its complicated dynamics have been largely out of style in filmmaking since the witty, mature heyday of Norah Ephron ("When Harry Met Sally") and Richard Curtis ("Four Weddings and a Funeral"). But now it's revived by "Crazy Rich Asians," a take on the moribund genre that's leaps and bounds above anything we've seen for years.

At long ...Read more

'Crazy Rich Asians': Director Jon M. Chu hopes to inspire other storytellers, open Hollywood's doors

Director Jon M. Chu brings the vibrant world of "Crazy Rich Asians" to life with all the style and glamour of a big-budget Hollywood movie -- but early on in the project he had a big choice to make, joining author Kevin Kwan in turning down a massive Netflix payday to ensure the groundbreaking project would make its impact on the big screen.

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What does Oscar know about popular? Five films to consider for newest academy accolade

All hell broke loose when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a new category last week to honor "outstanding achievement in popular film."

The highly criticized move raised far more questions than it answered.

When will the category be implemented?

What films will be eligible for consideration?

What does popularity mean...Read more

Lindsey Buckingham goes his own way with new tour and solo anthology

Lindsey Buckingham has gone solo before and he's doing it again, hitting the road this fall with his own U.S. tour and a career-spanning compilation.

The Fleetwood Mac alum launches the expansive tour Oct. 7 in Portland, Ore., and continues through early December, ending in Pennsylvania.

The tour is in support of the forthcoming "Solo ...Read more

'Castle Rock' renewed for second season at Hulu

Hulu has renewed "Castle Rock," its drama that pays tribute to the Stephen King universe, for a second season.

From creators Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, the anthology drama is set in Castle Rock -- the ill-fated fictional Maine town featured in such King works as "The Dead Zone" and "Cujo" -- and weaves together characters and themes from ...Read more

Aretha Franklin is reportedly in hospice care as Beyonce and more voice support

As celebrity support streams in from all corners of the globe, new reports say that Aretha Franklin is under hospice care.

"Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, is in hospice care at her home tonight," CNN's Don Lemon reported on Monday night, citing a source close to the 76-year-old singer.

Monday's news that Franklin is near death sparked an ...Read more

'Crazy Rich Asians' could be groundbreaking for Hollywood. Will its box office open the film industry's doors?

"Crazy Rich Asians" has all the trappings of a classic Hollywood rom-com. Beautiful people in love. Stunning locations. Disapproving relatives.

But as the first English-language contemporary Hollywood movie with a nearly all-Asian cast since "The Joy Luck Club" was released 25 years ago, this film is carrying more weight than the typical ...Read more

Toronto Film Festival to open with Netflix's 'Outlaw King,' close with 'Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy'

Netflix may have been left out of the Cannes Film Festival this year, but the streaming outlet is dominating the fall festival season -- including scoring the opening night slot at the Toronto International Film Festival.

David Mackenzie's "Outlaw King," starring Chris Pine, will be the festival's opening night gala presentation on Sept. 6, two...Read more

Jonah Hill's 'Mid90s,' Joel Edgerton's 'Boy Erased' among Toronto Film Festival premieres

The lineup for the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival went from full to bursting on Tuesday morning. Several notable world premieres are among the freshly announced four gala presentations, 22 special presentations, 47 contemporary world cinema titles and 11 movies in the masters section.

Among the world premieres are Peter Farrelly's...Read more

Matt Groening loves medieval times of 'Disenchantment'

LOS ANGELES -- Considering Matt Groening's viewpoint on the world in the late '70s and early '80s was a "Life in Hell," things have worked out rather heavenly for the cartoonist from Portland, Ore. The majority of his success has come through "The Simpsons" for more than 30 years. Along the way, he added "Futurama" to the creative mix.

The 64-...Read more

The remote island you're going to want to visit after watching 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'

She had traveled to Guernsey on a whim, and now she was stuck there.

Mary Ann Shaffer had known nothing about the Channel Island before she visited in 1980 -- just that the enclave off the northwest coast of France looked like a relaxing place to spend a weekend. Now a thick fog had settled over the island, shutting down the airport. Stranded ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for Aug. 14 and beyond

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

AUGUST

14: Avengers: Infinity War

14: Bad Samaritan

14: How to Talk to Girls at Parties

14: 12 Monkeys: Season 4

14: A.P. Bio: Season One

14: Arrow: Season 6

14: Furlough

14: Here and Now: The Complete First Season

14: Higher Power

14: Mr. ...Read more

Movie review: 'Crazy Rich Asians' is a feast for the eyes, emotions

"Crazy Rich Asians" is a crazy big deal. It's the first big Hollywood studio movie set in the present day featuring an all-Asian cast in 25 years, so there's a lot riding on Jon M. Chu's romantic comedy, an adaptation of Kevin Kwan's novel. The movie is already a success in terms of Asian representation in Hollywood, which is sorely lacking (in ...Read more