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Producer delves deep into details of Whitney

Subscriber onlyThe first voice you hear in the opening moments of Whitney, the searing documentary about the late superstar, is the singer herself. Continue reading...

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Leave No Trace' shows us that human beings — flawed and misguided — have an instinct for decency

Debra Granik's latest movie Leave No Trace opens in the braky, lush and verdant jungles of Oregon. A man and a girl are camping, going about essential tasks with wordless efficiency. He splits wood for a fire with a camp shovel, she uses a knife to carve curls on feather sticks. They forage for mushrooms, boil eggs, capture rainwater for drinking. They play chess. Somehow it emerges that they are not just here for the weekend, that they are homeless in paradise. Continue reading...

Granik's socialist-realist agenda

"It's always been kind of compelling ... to try to understand what it's like in places I don't know necessarily what it's like to live," filmmaker Debra Granik says by phone from Montreal. "Some filmmakers make films about what they do know, and I'm always trying to make films about what I haven't experienced, but what I would like to know something about. Continue reading...

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Skyscraper'

When I saw this listed on the forthcoming screenings list, I intentionally put it on my calendar as Skyscraper!, as in something so big, awkward, and clumsy they would require the extra punctuation as a further selling point. Continue reading...

30X30: Four relevant films from the past

This week, I embarked on a pair of longer filmic journeys, one involving the early European settlers of this country and the young woman who helped bridge the gap between the natives and the new immigrants; the other, an Italian yacht cruise gone mysteriously bad, and the peculiar reactions of those left in the aftermath. Continue reading...

Ant-Man crawls into top spot

A battle starring heroic insect people or an origin story on a murderous human purge? Continue reading...

Sorry to Bother You

A good satire should bloody your nose a bit. It doesn't have to knock you flat, but it should definitely leave you stinging. That pain comes from brutal honesty -- it might be cloaked in comedy, but underneath that is raw skin and more than a few welts. Continue reading...

Home Movies

Lean on Pete, directed by Andrew Haigh Continue reading...

Coming movies

The Equalizer 2, R Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) returns to deliver his special brand of vigilante justice when thugs kill his friend and former colleague. With Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, Jonathan Scarfe, Tamara Hickey, Orson Bean, Abigail Marlowe; directed by Antoine Fuqua. July 20 Continue reading...

Previews

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: Why do I have to seal my granite counter top? I know marble stains easily, but why do I have to stain my granite in the kitchen? Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. This solar return shows you making time for the things you love. This is not because of a major professional shift; rather, you just decide to honor yourself. An ally will inspire you to stick by your convictions. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Bad omens

1. If this animal crosses your path it is unlucky. Continue reading...

Coming movies Northwest Arkansas

The Equalizer 2, R Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) returns to deliver his special brand of vigilante justice when thugs kill his friend and former colleague. With Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, Jonathan Scarfe, Tamara Hickey, Orson Bean, Abigail Marlowe; directed by Antoine Fuqua. July 20 Continue reading...

Once sidelined, rom-coms rise again this summer

Subscriber onlySummer is always full of action and superhero pics, but this year a once dormant yet utterly adored genre is coming back in a big way: the romantic comedy. After a 2017 without any from a major studio, this summer is proving to be a re-birth for this lost Hollywood staple with five notable releases, including Crazy Rich Asians and a Mamma Mia! sequel. Continue reading...

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