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All Eyez on Me

Rapper Tupac Shakur was a revolutionary, a controversial, brilliant artist cut down in his prime, who only became more iconic after his death. The son of a Black Panther, a high school chum of Jada Pinkett Smith, and a vanguard of West Coast gangsta rap, Tupac endured and produced far more in his 25 years than most ever do, and his life story has been overdue for the bio-pic treatment, especially in light of the films about his rivals and contemporaries such as Notorious and Straight Outta Compton. After a long gestation, All Eyez on Me arrives in theaters, directed by Benny Boom, but this disorganized bio-pic isn't quite worthy of its subject's remarkable life. Continue reading...

Wrapped in DISTRACTIONS

Decent Mummy tripped up by trappings, efforts to emulate Marvel’s winning formula and kick off a ‘Dark Universe’ series

It should come as no surprise that many major studios -- watching with longing as Disney's Marvel movies, with their contiguous Cinematic Universe, have continued to print money since the 2008 release of Iron Man -- want to develop similarly interconnected worlds, where well-known properties interact with one another. Forget endless sequels, once you can establish your own universe, you have an infinitely sustainable resource. Continue reading...

Megan Leavey

It's hard not to like a good old-fashioned, drawn from life, girl-and-her-dog story. Continue reading...

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COMING ATTRACTIONS

All Eyez On Me, R Demetrius Shipp Jr. plays rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur in this bio-pic, covering Shakur's early days in New York to his death and posthumous legacy. With Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper, Danai Gurira, Jamal Woolard, Dominic L. Santana, Keith Robinson; directed by Benny Boom. June 16 Continue reading...

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Wonder Woman saves box office

LOS ANGELES -- After the worst Memorial Day weekend performance in 18 years, the summer box office needed a hero -- or more specifically, a heroine. Thankfully, Warner Bros.' highly anticipated Wonder Woman came to the rescue, as only a wondrous woman can. Continue reading...

Juice stays fresh after 25 years

I waited 25 years to see Ernest R. Dickerson's directing debut, Juice, and it wasn't by choice. Continue reading...

It Comes at Night

In It Comes at Night, Trey Edward Shults' tense thriller about a post-apocalyptic family trying to survive in their shuttered-up house in the woods on their own, the camera is always pushing in toward something, tracking down darkened hallways, through the deep, mossy woods, or toward the shocked face of one of the characters. It's like being on a conveyor belt headed to a darkened doom. Continue reading...

My Cousin Rachel

Tales of obsession are only interesting when we come to share -- or at least understand -- a character's single-mindedness. In adapting Daphne Du Maurier's 1951 novel My Cousin Rachel, writer-director Roger Michell (Persuasion, Notting Hill) has created what amounts to a movie about a whiny guy making foolish decisions. Continue reading...

The woman behind Wonder Woman

Patty Jenkins knew expectations would be stratospheric for Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot, a former Miss Israel who served as a combat trainer in the Israeli Army. The film was the summer's most anticipated release and also the first time the halter-top-and-hot-pants-wearing superhero, who was introduced in 1941, has had a movie all her own. But Jenkins, whose only previous feature, Monster, won Charlize Theron an Oscar in 2004, said she felt pressure most intensely from herself. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Medieval history

1. What weapon did a knight use to knock an opponent off his horse in a joust? Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: Every time I vacuumed, my dog would get on the bed and bark until I was done. My vet said it was due to the noise, which might hurt the dog's ears. I switched to a robotic vacuum, and my dog no longer barks, as the robotic vacuum makes much less noise. For anyone with a dog or cat who hates the vacuum, this might be the solution. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. The start of this solar return comes with a feeling as if you've landed on another planet. You've little in common with your surroundings and the beings who share them. There will be many benefits to learning this alien culture, and you'll cash in on what you know. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My husband doesn't want anything to do with God. I didn't either when we got married, but a few years ago I became friends with someone who is a Christian, and ended up giving my life to Jesus. How can I make him change? When I get after him about it, he just gets angry. Continue reading...