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Movie review: Kathryn Bigelow shoots the '67 war at home in 'Detroit'

Oddly in synch with the narrative strategy (though without the imposing visual panache) of "Dunkirk," the other historical drama of the moment, director Kathryn Bigelow's "Detroit," is an artfully frazzled mosaic of suffering, putting the audience through the wringer in the name of truth, injustice and what many see, still, as the American way ...Read more

How Rotten Tomatoes became Hollywood's most influential — and feared — website

LOS ANGELES -- On a recent Wednesday morning, the staff of Rotten Tomatoes gathers in a Beverly Hills office, laptops open -- steeling themselves for the next onslaught of reviews for Hollywood's biggest upcoming movies.

But first, supervising producer Cookie Zito gives an update.

"We just found out 'War for the Planet of the Apes' is ...Read more

'Dunkirk' director Christopher Nolan on why, in this era of peak TV, he's still all in on movies

When it comes to the big screen, Christopher Nolan is a true believer -- and with blockbusters like "The Dark Knight" trilogy, "Inception" and "Interstellar," he has translated that passion into more than $4 billion in grosses collectively at the global box office.

Nolan's latest film, the World War II action thriller "Dunkirk," stakes a ...Read more

List of DVD release dates for July 25 and beyond

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

JULY

25: The Boss Baby

25: Ghost in the Shell

25: Gifted

25: Unforgettable

25: Black Butterfly

25: Duck Dynasty Season 11: The Final Season

25: Emerald City: Season One

25: Girls: Season 6

25: Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Seventh and ...Read more

'Duck Dynasty' Uncle Si's daughter not planning to run for Texas House or Senate seat — for now

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Uncle Si's daughter doesn't have political aspirations beyond Hurst, Texas -- at least for now.

Trasa Robertson Cobern, daughter of Si Robertson on the popular A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty," won her first political office on the Hurst City Council last year.

And as speculation swirls -- including Cobern's name -- around ...Read more

About that last scene from the 'Insecure' Season 2 premiere — Issa Rae & Co. break it down

It's safe to say that the last couple of minutes of Sunday night's Season 2 premiere of "Insecure" had viewers saying a variation of: "OMG ... what ... uh, did he just leave with his mail?"

(Warning: the rest of this post breaks down a major spoiler from the episode.)

The second season picks up a couple of months after Season 1 left off. Issa ...Read more

In 'Dear Chester' letter, Linkin Park says 'demons' that haunted Bennington 'were always part of the deal'

Chester Bennington's Linkin Park bandmates wrote an open letter to their late vocalist on Monday that touched on his inner demons and their uncertain future.

Bennington, who also fronted Dead by Sunrise and later joined Stone Temple Pilots, died by hanging at his Palos Verdes Estates home last week, the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed ...Read more

New recordings: Offa Rex, Haim, Jade Jackson

Offa Rex

"The Queen of Hearts"

(Nonesuch, 1/2)

Offa Rex is a collaboration between British folk musician Olivia Chaney and the bookish American indie-rock band the Decemberists. With Chaney taking almost all the lead vocals, the explicit template comes from British folk-rock bands, circa 1970, such as Steeleye Span, Sandy Denny-era Fairport ...Read more

'Game of Thrones': Hot Pie, hot tempers, girls interrupted

(Warning: This contains plot details from Sunday's episode of HBO's Game of Thrones. Read on at your own risk.)

It was a dark and stormy night, much like the one on which Daenerys Stormborn Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) was born, she of the perfect curls, the icy stare, and the overfondness for fire.

Night has long been the friend of Game of ...Read more

Time for Plan B? 5 thoughts on Episode 2 of 'Game of Thrones'

So things were going well there for the good guys for, what, a whole two-thirds of an episode? A plan was in place to begin to bring the realm together under at least moderately enlightened leadership. The power was shifting.

But this being "Game of Thrones" -- spoiler alert -- it couldn't last.

And by the end of Sunday's fiery and intrigue-...Read more

'Dunkirk,' 'Girls Trip' wage war on box-office expectations, as 'Valerian' disappoints

LOS ANGELES -- In a rare weekend tug-of-war among three wildly different original films, the box-office figures are a testament to big-budget risks begetting big-time payoff -- at least, if you're Christopher Nolan.

The releases of Nolan's "Dunkirk," Malcolm D. Lee's "Girls Trip" and Luc Besson's "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" ...Read more

At Comic-Con, the waiting may be the hardest part

SAN DIEGO -- The hunt for heroes can take grit, focus and, perhaps most of all, perseverance. For Lupe Garcia and Denise McCabe, the path into the coveted Hall H at Comic-Con International meant sleeping on the street outside two nights in a row.

Hundreds of others joined the couple from Houston, Texas, as early as 9 p.m. Thursday night for a ...Read more

Actor John Heard of 'Home Alone' fame found dead in California hotel

NEW YORK -- Actor John Heard, known for his role as Kevin McCallister's father in the "Home Alone" movies, has died at age 71 in California, a spokeswoman for the coroner's office said Saturday.

Heard was found dead Friday evening in a hotel room in the city of Palo Alto, the spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office in Santa Clara told dpa...Read more

Movie review: Telling the rest of Billy Hayes' story in 'Midnight Return'

Some films have an influence that transcends their brief time on first-run screens, but it's not always the films you anticipate that last.

"Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey," an engaging documentary by award-winning television writer Sally Sussman, tells one such tale, the story of the creation, dissemination and afterlife ...Read more

Movie review: In its first U.S. release, the jaunty 1963 comedy 'Il Boom' is full of delightful surprises

Imagine Buster Keaton crossed with David Lynch with a bit of Billy Wilder satire tossed into the mix, and you'll have a rough idea of the wild and crazy tightrope 1963's absurdist "Il Boom" manages to walk.

A comic yet corrosive dissection of how soulless a consumption-obsessed society can become, "Il Boom" never received a U.S. release until ...Read more

Movie review: Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot bring the stirring 'The Midwife' to life

The midwife of the title is Claire Breton (Catherine Frot), a Parisian woman in her 50s who, after years of bringing new life into the world, suddenly finds herself in the position of escorting someone toward death. It's been several decades since Claire last saw Beatrice (Catherine Deneuve), her late father's former mistress who has resurfaced ...Read more

Roger Waters is, for a change, happy to be on tour

Roger Waters is a sometimes reluctant road warrior. He expressed his disconnect from touring (among many other issues) in the '70s and famously wrote much of Pink Floyd's 1979 album "The Wall" in response. When he got around to touring "The Wall" as a solo artist in 2010, he suggested it might be the last time he hits the road on such a massive ...Read more

Series creator brings his own history to Netflix's 'Ozark'

ST. LOUIS -- Somewhere in a strip mall off Highway 94 in St. Peters, Mo., Bill Dubuque is thinking about money.

Dubuque, a St. Louis native, is plotting a sequel to "The Accountant," the 2016 financial thriller he scripted for Ben Affleck.

"Money fascinates me," Dubuque says. "How we view money, the power of getting it, the pressure of holding...Read more

No lie, Spicer made great TV

LOS ANGELES -- Goodbye, Spicey. You were the best morning show on TV.

Though it's only been six months since you were appointed White House press secretary by President Donald Trump, you've cemented yourself as one of the most unforgettable figures ever to grace the briefing podium ... or to hide "among" the bushes just outside the Oval Office....Read more

Having a Moment: 'Doctor Who' and the new age of women in sci-fi

Little girls have long been told that they can grow up to be anything, a dream that reality has often proved otherwise. But sci-fi and fantasy films and television have been substantially bridging that gap in recent years.

With 2016's comedy reboot "Ghostbusters," we found out that women are more than capable of busting ghosts and saving New ...Read more

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