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REVIEW: 'Miles Ahead,' Don Cheadle's Miles Davis bio-pic

You don't come at genius straight on. That's stupid, that's wading into the thresher. Will Smith is not Muhammad Ali, he can only mime the butterfly moves, find something in a vocal cadence that evokes the Louisville drawl of the Champ. Maybe you can learn to hold a guitar and a few notes, maybe you can put on a fake nose and a wig, but if you're going to depict real genius you'd better come at it obliquely, more like a poet than a journalist. Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

Compadres R A disgruntled former Mexican cop (Omar Chaparro) is forced to work with a teenage hacker (Joey Morgan) to hunt down the criminals who kidnapped his girlfriend (Aislinn Derbez) and framed him for a crime he didn't commit. With Kevin Pollak, Eric Roberts; directed by Enrique Begne. (110 minutes) Continue reading...

Home Movies

The Lady in the Van, directed by Nicholas Hytner (PG-13, 104 minutes) Continue reading...

Elvis & Nixon

Care to guess which is the most requested photo from the millions housed in the National Archives? That would be a picture of Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley posing together in the Oval Office. Liza Johnson's film comically imagines exactly what transpired to result in the meeting of these two iconic figures who could not have been more different. Featuring hilarious yet acutely observed performances by Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey as the titular characters, Elvis & Nixon, is a hoot. If the film doesn't show things the way they actually happened, it shows them the way they should have. Continue reading...

The Huntsman: Winter's War

Like a depressingly high number of bad movies, Snow White and the Huntsman made money. Even though it tediously reworked the fairy tale into a dull, somber monstrosity, the hype about star Kristen Stewart's affair with her married director apparently convinced some unlucky viewers that the drama on-screen might be as intriguing as what happened during the filming. Continue reading...

Jungle Book makes rivals look tame

LOS ANGELES -- When Disney takes one of its classic animated adventures and creates a modern, live-action version, the result is usually box-office gold. With The Jungle Book, the trend continues. Continue reading...

Cheadle focuses on Davis' silence

AUSTIN, Texas -- Don Cheadle conducted a little experiment while filming Miles Ahead, his long-in-coming Miles Davis passion project -- which he directs, co-writes, co-produces and stars in as the famed jazz trumpeter. Continue reading...

COMING ATTRACTIONS

Green Room, 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 Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Eric Edelstein, Macon Blair; directed by Jeremy Saulnier. April 29 Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Islands

Super Quiz: Islands Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: I recall reading about a place to send outdated coupons that can then be used by our soldiers at PXs overseas. Can you give that information again, please? Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. There's one area of your personal life (a problem you've dealt with for a long time) that you'll finally fix up, bringing new zest to your scene. Successful results will require you to take an action that doesn't come naturally for you, but you'll master it nonetheless. What eluded you will be in your grasp in September. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: My friend says we're all children of God, and this means (she says) that we aren't any different from Jesus, because each of us is a son of God, just like He was. Is she right? I didn't know how to answer her. Continue reading...

The Adderall Diaries

In 2001, Stephen Elliott published a semi-autobiographical novel called A Life Without Consequences that told the story of Paul who, like the author, "left home at the age of 13 and after a year sleeping on the roof of a convenience store on Chicago's north side, was made a ward of the court and channeled through various large and small group homes and institutional learning facilities." Continue reading...

NW COMING ATTRACTIONS

Keanu, R No, nothing to do with an actor named Reeves -- this involves the comedy team of Key & Peele in the story of a slacker (Jordan Peele), who, recently dumped by his girlfriend, recruits his cousin (Keegan-Michael Key) to help him retrieve the cute kitten he found on his doorstep; the heartless thief is a thug (Method Man) who will only give it back if the two agree to work for him. With Tiffany Haddish, Jason Mitchell, Luis Guzman, Nia Long, Will Forte; directed by Peter Atencio. April 29 Continue reading...

NW PREVIEWS

The Adderall Diaries 85 R An author suffering from writer's block (James Franco) reconnects with his estranged father (Ed Harris) while investigating the murder of a computer entrepreneur (Christian Slater). With Amber Heard, Cynthia Nixon; directed by Pamela Romanowsky. (87 minutes) Continue reading...