MOVIES

MOVIE NEWS

Ridley Scott's 'Alien: Covenant' is a sleek, suspenseful return to form

Early on in “Alien: Covenant,” before any spleens have ruptured or any Xenomorphs have reared their hideous heads, a large ship glides through outer space and unfurls its golden sails, like an ocean vessel catching a light breeze. The purpose of these sails is to harness energy and recharge the...

MORE MOVIE NEWS

  • A royally divisive queen: The politics behind Cannes' boos for Sofia Coppola's 'Marie Antoinette'

    A royally divisive queen: The politics behind Cannes' boos for Sofia Coppola's 'Marie Antoinette'

    One of the most talked-about films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival has been Sofia Coppola’s “Beguiled.” The positive reception to the film at Cannes has brought back memories of the 2006 edition of the festival, when Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” was famously booed. But as Kenneth Turan wrote...

  • Movie events and revivals: May 28-June 3

    Movie events and revivals: May 28-June 3

    On Memorial Day, the American Cinematheque will present five World War II documentaries from the directors featured in Laurent Bouzereau’s new documentary series Five Came Back (Netflix). Frank Capra’s Oscar-winning Prelude to War (1942), a look at the threat of the Axis powers, screens at 3 p.m....

  • Patience is rewarded in suspenseful 'Berlin Syndrome'

    Patience is rewarded in suspenseful 'Berlin Syndrome'

    Director Cate Shortland and screenwriter Shaun Grant are often too reserved in adapting Melanie Joosten’s 2011 suspense novel, “Berlin Syndrome,” but when it counts, they deliver the necessary nail-biting anxiety. Telling the story of a psychopath and his sex-slave, the film balances the clinical...

  • Thriller 'Drone' embodies its title and not in a good way

    Thriller 'Drone' embodies its title and not in a good way

    Utterly dull thriller “Drone” tries to raise ethical and moral questions about modern warfare, but the audience can only dwell on the illogical plot and unsympathetic characters — if they can engage at all. The otherwise talented cast and the controversial issue itself deserve far better treatment...

  • Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers tangle in thriller 'Black Butterfly'

    Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers tangle in thriller 'Black Butterfly'

    Following in the footsteps of “Deathtrap” and Stephen King’s “Misery,” the thriller “Black Butterfly” doesn’t exactly reinvent its “twisty cat-and-mouse game in an isolated location” plot. But thanks to tight direction by Brian Goodman and lively performances from Antonio Banderas and Jonathan...

  • Here's how major Hollywood studios stack up on LGBTQ representation

    Here's how major Hollywood studios stack up on LGBTQ representation

    A new GLAAD report finds LGBTQ people are “nearly invisible or outdated punchlines in big Hollywood movies."

  • Writers Guild of America members vote to ratify a new contract

    Writers Guild of America members vote to ratify a new contract

    Members of the Writers Guild of America have voted overwhelmingly to ratify the new three-year contract that was approved by the union’s leadership this month after a nail-biting round of negotiations with the major Hollywood studios. The guild said in an announcement Wednesday that of the 3,647...

  • 'Alien: Covenant' barely overpowers 'Guardians' as 'Everything, Everything' meets expectations

    'Alien: Covenant' barely overpowers 'Guardians' as 'Everything, Everything' meets expectations

    After almost 40 years, audiences are still interested in the “Alien” universe. Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant,” from 20th Century Fox, dethroned Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which had topped the box office for two straight weeks. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ “Everything, Everything”...

  • Movie events and revivals: May 21-27

    Movie events and revivals: May 21-27

    Stop Making Sense (1984) was director Jonathan Demme’s first foray into documentary concert films. Shot during a three-night engagement at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, the film captured the avant-garde band Talking Heads at the peak of its fame and success and is widely considered one of the...

  • Movie openings: May 25-26

    Movie openings: May 25-26

    “Baywatch” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” square off at the box office. The Grateful Dead doc ”Long Strange Trip” and Brad Pitt in Netflix’s “War Machine” highlight limited releases. May 25 Baywatch Dwayne Johnson steps into the formidable flipflops of David Hasselhoff...

  • Indie Focus: Around the world with Cannes, 'Alien: Covenant' and 'Everything, Everything'

    Indie Focus: Around the world with Cannes, 'Alien: Covenant' and 'Everything, Everything'

    Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. The annual international movie bacchanal of the Cannes Film Festival is well underway, and The Times’ Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and Steven Zeitchik are all on the ground in France....

  • Cannes 2017: A new film slyly critiques Russia (just don’t tell the director)

    Cannes 2017: A new film slyly critiques Russia (just don’t tell the director)

    “Loveless,” a new film about the failed institutions in and of the Russian state, couldn’t be more timely. And since it comes from Andrey Zvyagintsev — whose 2014 drama “Leviathan” was a subtle but blistering indictment of his country’s government — you could be forgiven for reading its many symbols...

64°