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MOVIE REVIEW: Green Room

Corpse in Green Room provides just the start of savage violence

Rules are good things for young artists; they establish conventions that may be leaned into or subverted. It is in many respects easier to write a sturdy sonnet than successful free verse -- limitless options may invoke anxiety and paralysis. And so a genre film might be a useful enterprise for an aspiring young filmmaker, not only because there is a reliable audience for such products but because they impose certain imperatives: It becomes the filmmaker's job to ratchet tension and to startle, to deliver unto the audience thrills and shivers. It is not something you want to think too much about. Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

Everybody Wants Some!! 83 R In 1980 Texas, a college freshman (Blake Jenner) meets his new teammates (Will Brittain, Ryan Guzman), who turn out to be more interested in parties, disco and chasing skirts than baseball. With Zoey Deutch, Tyler Hoechlin, J. Quinton Johnson, Glen Powell, Wyatt Russell; directed by Richard Linklater. (117 minutes) Continue reading...

Papa Hemingway in Cuba

Papa Hemingway in Cuba is reportedly the first Hollywood film to be shot on the island since 1959. The Almighty has blessed Cuba with captivating scenery, which belies over a century of human turmoil there. It's too bad the people who stand in front of this scenery in this film aren't that interesting. Continue reading...

Home Movies

Phoenix, directed by Christian Petzold (PG-13, 98 minutes) Continue reading...

COMING ATTRACTIONS

Captain America: Civil War, PG-13 Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the Avengers' actions lead to collateral damage, with the superheroes having to choose sides -- with Captain America (Chris Evans), who believes they should remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), who supports oversight. Continue reading...

Mother's Day

After subjecting the world to Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve and now Mother' Day, it's easy to wish that Garry Marshall would make Arbor Day. Having forgotten how to make likable or even engaging human characters, it seems as if he might make a more enjoyable and dynamic movie about trees. Continue reading...

Jungle Book stomps Huntsman

LOS ANGELES -- Disney's live-action remake The Jungle Book retained the top spot at the box office, icing out a host of holdovers. Continue reading...

Director: Linking violence, loss

The night before I interview writer/director Jeremy Saulnier, I have a nightmare where I'm being pursued by a large man wielding a long blade. Continue reading...

Everybody Wants Some!!

There is a telling scene about halfway through Richard Linklater's new film about a group of guys on a Texas college baseball team, circa 1980, on the eve of the new school year. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Republic of Ireland

1. Name Ireland's only land neighbor Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: When I travel, bringing along my night light is a must. Mine comes on when the lights go off or it gets dark in the room. It's a lifesaver, since it is difficult to get a good night's rest in a hotel. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. Sweet friends show up to celebrate you, and social fun will make it seem as though your birthday stretches into May. Career advancement makes June exciting. You'll take your best teammates with you. And your allegiance will certainly be rewarded. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Our son is going on a short-term mission project to a foreign country with his church youth group this summer, and to be honest we aren't sure it's a good idea. In addition to the health risks, do projects like this actually do any good? They'll only be there 10 days. Continue reading...

NW PREVIEWS

Green Room 87 R Anton Yelchin and Alia Shawkat play members of a punk rock band who team up with a tough young woman (Imogen Poots) to battle murderous white supremacists at a remote Oregon roadhouse. With Patrick Stewart, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Eric Edelstein, Macon Blair; directed by Jeremy Saulnier. (95 minutes) Continue reading...

Keanu

A tale of code-switching, the enduring appeal of George Michael's "Faith" and a feline who is all kittens to all people, Peter Atencio's Keanu marks the first big-screen vehicle for Comedy Central sensations Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Playing middle-class cousins forced to impersonate gangsters so they can rescue the movie's eponymous pet (what do you mean you don't follow that logic?), the actors make the transition with ease in a consistently funny action-comedy. This may not be adequate compensation for the end of their series, which gave them so many more opportunities to try on personalities and take one-gag ideas for a spin, but it will delight the show's fans while winning over others unlucky enough never to have seen it. Continue reading...

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