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'Widows' review: Riveting heist thriller finds Viola Davis taking on every rat in Chicago — and winning

I can't speak for all of them, but Chicagoans will watch the terrific and unexpectedly soulful crime drama "Widows" one way, while everybody else experiences a separate but related movie.

Either way, it works, and never in ways you can entirely anticipate. Director Steve McQueen's first feature since winning the Academy Award for "12 Years a ...Read more

'The Bachelor' sets premiere date for Season 23 with Colton Underwood

"The Bachelor" has a return date for its 843th -- er, 23rd -- season, and this time around bachelor Colton Underwood is holding those roses.

The season premiere will air on Jan. 7, 2019, ABC Entertainment announced Wednesday.

Underwood, 26, who came up on Season 14 of "The Bachelorette" courting Becca Kufrin, was sent home right before the ...Read more

Review: It has wit and energy to burn, but 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' takes a cynical turn

The title of "Ralph Breaks the Internet" is a small tour de force of multitasking: a plot summary and a meme reference rolled into one. It also signals to the audience that they're in for a bigger, crazier, more aggressively rock-'em-sock-'em adventure than "Wreck-It Ralph," the sweetly rambunctious 2012 Disney animated comedy about a community ...Read more

Review: The Coen Brothers order up a Western omelette with 'Ballad of Buster Scruggs'

Joel and Ethan Coen probably have noticed that their two biggest global successes, "True Grit" and "No Country for Old Men," constitute different but related sorts of Westerns. "True Grit" is more or less traditional, sardonically comic, ultimately bittersweet. "No Country" perches a contemporary Western saga of law, lawlessness, order and ...Read more

Review: The real crime of the 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel? It couldn't be less interesting

The first "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" showed so much promise. The film crafted a dark, edgy, jazzy world of magic populated by actual adults who showed the power of gentleness and understanding when it came to taming beasties both animal and human alike. And yet, the sequel, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," manages to...Read more

Movie review: 'Instant Family' takes smart, incredibly funny look at adoption

Director/co-writer Sean Anders really takes the "instant" part of his new family dramedy "Instant Family" to heart. The film drops us right into the lives of Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) with little fanfare, as if to say to the audience, "Catch up guys, we've got a lot of story to tell." It's not too difficult to pick up what ...Read more

Ashley Jensen loves sweetness, silliness of Agatha Raisin

Fans of the Agatha Raisin tales have been reading about her adventures written by Marion Chesney (released under the pseudonym of M. C. Beaton) since 1992. The transformation of the beloved character into an eight-part British TV series and now three new movies to be broadcast on the Acorn TV streaming service required an actress who could ...Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

BEAUTIFUL BOY. 2 stars. A father's (Steve Carell) life is thrown into turmoil and despair by his son's (Timothee Chalamet) drug addiction. 1 hr. 52 R (profanity) -- Gary Thompson

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY. 2.5 stars. Brian Singer directs this tame, cliched biopic on Freddy Mercury and Queen. With Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton and Gwilym Lee. 2 hrs. 15 PG-13...Read more

How Steve McQueen and Gillian Flynn updated a British TV show to create the urgent and resonant crime thriller 'Widows'

Steve McQueen knew "Widows" would be his next film nearly a decade ago -- three years before his third feature, "12 Years a Slave," nabbed the best picture Oscar in 2014. But the idea has been with the now-49-year-old even longer than that.

"Thirty-five years ago I saw the TV show, and it just stuck with me," he said of the inspiration for "...Read more

David Mackenzie on avoiding 'Game of Thrones'-style fantasy — and 'Braveheart' comparisons — with his medieval epic 'Outlaw King'

Throughout his film career, director David Mackenzie has bounced unpredictably among genres and styles, from the somber 2003 drama "Young Adam" to the 2009 sex comedy "Spread" to the 2011 sci-fi film "Perfect Sense."

"The idea of repeating old ground feels unattractive to me," he says. "Each film has to feel like it's a new journey."

Now, on ...Read more

Redbox's Top 10 DVD rentals

The top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks for the week of Nov. 5:

1. Incredibles 2 -- Disney

2. The Spy Who Dumped Me -- Lionsgate

3. Ant-Man and the Wasp -- Disney

4. BlacKkKlansman -- Universal

5. Skyscraper -- Universal

6. Hotel Transylvania 3 -- Sony

7. The Darkest Minds -- Fox

8. Slender Man -- Sony

9. Disney's Christopher Robin -- ...Read more

German Playboy backtracks on Ennio Morricone interview as composer denies dissing Tarantino

Film composer Ennio Morricone's allegedly harsh words about Quentin Tarantino might have been "reproduced incorrectly" in a recent article for German Playboy, the magazine's editor-in-chief said Tuesday, hinting at new information he had obtained.

"Up to now, we have considered the freelancer who conducted the Ennio Morricone interview on our ...Read more

Actress Paz de la Huerta sues Harvey Weinstein, alleging rape and professional retaliation

Actress Paz de la Huerta is suing Harvey Weinstein, alleging that the Oscar-winning producer raped her in two instances, and later embarked on a retaliatory campaign that resulted in her losing a role on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."

De la Huerta was one of numerous women who publicly stepped forward last year to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault....Read more

CNN sues Trump, requesting that Jim Acosta's White House press pass be restored

WASHINGTON -- CNN said Tuesday that it is suing President Donald Trump and other administration officials over the decision to suspend the White House press credentials of correspondent Jim Acosta after a conflict at a news conference last week.

The lawsuit, to be filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, escalates an ongoing ...Read more

Family real factor for Charlie Plummer in 'Clovehitch Killer'

Family has been a very important part of Charlie Plummer's life, from the unconditional support his parents have given him to many of the roles he's played. His latest work, "The Clovehitch Killer," puts him in a father-son struggle that could change that dynamic forever.

In "The Clovehitch Killer," Tyler Burnside (Plummer) is a member of his ...Read more

'Green Book' review: Driving Mr. Shirley, starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali

Can two New Yorkers share a turquoise Cadillac on a tour of the Deep South without driving each other crazy?

Apologies to the opening credits of the TV sitcom "The Odd Couple," but that's the pertinent question in "Green Book," a different (yet familiar) odd-couple heartwarmer directed by Peter Farrelly of "Dumb and Dumber" and "There's ...Read more

The popularity of the Stan Lee cameo proved everything the Marvel Universe stands for

Everything that Stan Lee did was super-sized.

Where other writers created worlds, he created a universe populated by heroes blessed, or cursed, with special powers. Their conflicts, internal and external, played out across skylines and time warps, rearranged cities, destroyed planets. Their success created franchises available on multiple ...Read more

Three ways Stan Lee helped create the modern superhero movie

By the time the Marvel Cinematic Universe experienced its Big Bang with the 2008 smash "Iron Man," Stan Lee had long since retired from official duties at Marvel, settling into a role as a revered spiritual grandfather to the comic book world, as close to a flesh-and-blood superhero as fans could hope to get.

But though Lee was no longer ...Read more

Stan Lee's 'X-Men' made it OK — heroic, even — to be different

The distinct instrumental opening theme of "X-Men: The Animated Series" will always remind me of the excitement and wonder I felt whenever I sat down to watch the show as a kid in the '90s.

The thrumming beats and strings that accompanied cuts of animated explosions and blasts of superpowers led me into a brand new world of superheroes that ...Read more

Bundle up! 'Game of Thrones' to return April 2019

Don't even think about packing away your mittens early next spring because winter is scheduled to land in full force come April.

HBO is slowly circling a potential release date for the final season of "Game of Thrones," announcing Tuesday that it'll be in April 2019.

The premium cable provider shared the news with a 30-second video featuring a...Read more