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'Last Jedi' Is Only The Beginning For The New 'Star Wars' Team
Director Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman have worked together for 15 years. Their new film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will kick off the first of four Star Wars movies they'll work on together.
Mediocre 'Ferdinand' Will Have Bored Parents Seeing Red
Munro Leaf's classic children story about a pacifist bull becomes a formulaic animated film indistinguishable from scores of others.
'The Ballad Of Lefty Brown' Is A Variation On A Familiar Tune
Bill Pullman stars as an Old West sidekick who loses his hero and embarks upon a quest for vengeance in writer/director Jared Moshe's straight-shooting Western.
Potent Cocktail Of Drama And Documentary Explores A Mysterious Death: 'Wormwood'
Filmmaker Errol Morris employs fictional techniques — and famous actors — in this 241-minute meditation on the demise of a CIA operative in 1953 that left a son obsessed with finding answers.
'Birdboy' Is A Dark, Beautiful, Boundary-Pushing Animated Film
Three adorable anthropomorphic animals wander a post-apocalyptic hellscape in this hand-drawn animated film from Spain that "thumbs its nose at traditional G-rated storytelling."
31 Years Later, Spike Lee Puts A New Spin On 'She's Gotta Have It'
In a new 10-part Netflix series, Lee revisits his story of a young black artist who loves sex but isn't interested in a committed relationship.
Massive Media Merger Matches Mickey Mouse To Murdochs
How will this game of Fox and mouse affect what you watch?
Science Speed-Dating Aims To Boost Accuracy In TV And Film
When was the last time you got really excited by good science depicted in a movie? Anthropologist Barbara J. King joined scientists last week in helping producers make more accurate TV and movies.
This Mouse Swallows Part Of A Fox: Disney Buys Most Of Murdoch Empire
Rupert Murdoch would keep Fox News and Fox TV but sell off other entertainment assets in the face of digital competitors and dynastic tensions.
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Posts Online Confessional Of Sexual Misconduct
Spurlock, who made the 2004 Oscar-nominated Super Size Me, detailed an encounter in college that the woman viewed as rape and a sexual harassment settlement he concluded with a former employee.
'The Last Jedi' Is Not More Of The Same In 'Star Wars' Franchise
A review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest in the intergalactic franchise. Fans are especially excited to see what happens to General Leia, played by Carrie Fisher, who died earlier this year.
Remembering Bruce Brown, Whose Search For The Perfect Break Redefined Surfing
Brown, who died Sunday at the age of 80, revolutionized how the world viewed the sport with The Endless Summer. But first, he had to struggle to get his beloved movie seen.
Critic's 'Ghost List' Has Books, Music And A TV Show That Deserve A Second Look
Every year, critic John Powers is haunted by the things he wishes he'd reviewed. The themes his 2017 "Ghost List" range in spirit from cosmic surrealism to ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy.
Rollicking 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Introduces Welcome Shades Of (G)Rey
Writer/director Rian Johnson joins the Star Wars franchise to deliver a chapter that's fast, fun and freewheeling, even as it introduces surprising nuance to the classic Dark Side vs. Light Side beef.
'Ferdinand' The Peaceful Bull Gets His First Full-Length Film
In 1936 the book, The Story of Ferdinand, was published. Two years later, Disney turned it into an Oscar-winning short film. Now, the beloved story has gotten its first major movie adaptation.