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  • 'Designated Survivor' and 'Speechless' win full-season orders

    'Designated Survivor' and 'Speechless' win full-season orders

    “Designated Survivor” and “Speechless,” two of ABC’s new series, have been given full-season pickups, ABC has announced. The two shows, which have won praise from critics and have attracted large audiences, are the second and third new network series to be picked up for a full season. NBC earlier...

  • 'Long Way North' is a gorgeously animated tale of a young woman's quest for lost family

    'Long Way North' is a gorgeously animated tale of a young woman's quest for lost family

    “Long Way North” is a complete pleasure, a gorgeous piece of wide-screen animation that is as delightful as it is unexpected. Unexpected because it is the feature debut for French animator  Remi Chaye, though the fact that it won the audience award at the prestigious Annecy International Animation...

  • 'Cameraperson' and 'Tanna' are critics' picks, Sept. 30-Oct. 6

    'Cameraperson' and 'Tanna' are critics' picks, Sept. 30-Oct. 6

    Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Click title for full review. The Age of Shadows Kim Jee-woon (mildly) tones down the ultra-violence of “I Saw the Devil” with this thrillingly taut and intricate 1920s spy yarn, which will represent South Korea...

  • Music producer returns home in indie drama 'Mommy's Box'

    Music producer returns home in indie drama 'Mommy's Box'

    Writer-director-producer-actor Johnny Greenlaw fills his shaggy homecoming melodrama, “Mommy’s Box,” with minor characters and subplots, as though unsure where his story really lies. Though it’s mildly enjoyable throughout, the movie is ultimately just a loose collection of nice little scenes,...

  • Niall Horan is the next member of One Direction to go solo with release of 'This Town'

    Niall Horan is the next member of One Direction to go solo with release of 'This Town'

    And the next member of One Direction to go solo is Niall Horan.  Horan surprised fans Thursday morning by releasing his debut single, “This Town,” to streaming platforms and confirming a solo deal with Capitol Records.   Produced by hit-maker Greg Kurstin, the guitar ballad is a tender, swoon-worthy...

  • 'Loserville' is an unsatisfying blend of teen comedy and bullying drama

    'Loserville' is an unsatisfying blend of teen comedy and bullying drama

    The teen comedy “Loserville” from freshman filmmaker Lovell Holder offers its audience a SparkNotes version of high school: It skims over relevant details and lacks deep insight when it comes to plot and character. Though there are a few genuine LOL moments, there’s little specificity in the world...

  • Matthew Rhys provides only real glimmer in WWII drama 'Come What May'

    Matthew Rhys provides only real glimmer in WWII drama 'Come What May'

    In “Come What May,” director Christian Carion dramatizes the other side of the World War II front line — the civilians fleeing invading troops. The images of uprooted, desperate travelers can’t help but remind one of contemporary refugee crises. Yet with its old-fashioned gloss, the incident-packed...

  • 'The Last Film Festival' is not a fitting tribute to Dennis Hopper

    'The Last Film Festival' is not a fitting tribute to Dennis Hopper

    The late Dennis Hopper’s IMDB acting credits are 200-strong, but any qualitative ranking of those titles would put his last completed movie, “The Last Film Festival,” somewhere at the bottom. A thoroughly amateurish un-comedy about show business, it was filmed in 2009, but its notions of Hollywood...

  • Boyd Holbrook and Elisabeth Moss lend weight to the drama 'The Free World'

    Boyd Holbrook and Elisabeth Moss lend weight to the drama 'The Free World'

    The concept of freedom proves elusive for an ex-convict attempting to rebuild his life on the outside in “The Free World,” an initially compelling but uneven drama elevated by two centered performances. Struggling to bury a violent past in prison, where he was incarcerated for a heinous crime he...

  • Bros grow up in comedy 'Flock of Dudes'

    Bros grow up in comedy 'Flock of Dudes'

    A tribe of man-children has to break up to grow up in the friendship flick “Flock of Dudes,” directed by Bob Castrone, written by Castrone, Brian Levin and Jason Zumwalt. The cast is stocked with some of comedy’s best actors, which elevates the rather pedestrian material — a belated coming-of-age...

  • FCC delays decision on rule that would require pay TV to offer streaming programming

    FCC delays decision on rule that would require pay TV to offer streaming programming

    The Federal Communications Commission delayed a vote scheduled Thursday on Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed rule to require pay TV services to offer their programming on streaming apps. “We have made tremendous progress and we share the goal of creating a more innovative and inexpensive market for...

  • Frights are scarce in the derivative and plodding horror film 'ClownTown'

    Frights are scarce in the derivative and plodding horror film 'ClownTown'

    If Tobe Hooper had never been born, maybe the cheapie thriller “ClownTown” would seem scarier. A sort of combination of horror-master Hooper’s “The Funhouse” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” this programmatic spook-show may get a promotional boost from recent headlines about unexplained clown-stalkings,...

  • Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig and comedy buddies have their moments in silly 'Masterminds'

    Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig and comedy buddies have their moments in silly 'Masterminds'

    There’s a certain subset of the population that may find Zach Galifianakis in a ridiculous hairdo the height of comedy. If you are in that segment, welcome, join us. You’ll find much merriment in the lightweight and very silly comedy “Masterminds,” which is astonishingly based on the true story...

  • Music doc 'Danny Says' looks at man behind the Doors, Bowie and Iggy Pop

    Music doc 'Danny Says' looks at man behind the Doors, Bowie and Iggy Pop

    Between 1965 and 1975, Danny Fields hung out with the Velvet Underground at Andy Warhol’s Factory, caused a nationwide controversy by publicizing John Lennon’s “bigger than Jesus” quote in a teen magazine, was the press agent for the Doors, signed the MC5 and the Stooges to Elektra Records, and...

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