On screen

Ratings take a bite, but ‘Sharknado 3’ still a success

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:54

Fearsome sharks rained down once more in the latest Sharknado TV movie, but they didn’t create the ratings deluge of last year’s installment.

Woody Allen’s latest is a meditation on meaning and murder

Written by JOCELYN NOVECK,
AP National Writer
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 08:33

Woody Allen has always been interested in man’s search for meaning in life — a search he clearly sees as futile. Who can forget the young woman in “Play it Again, Sam,” staring at a Jackson Pollock painting and seeing “the hideous lonely emptiness of existence, nothingness, the predicament of man forced to live in a barren, godless eternity”? That’s not even the whole quote — but it could be Allen’s mantra.

The director has also mined the themes of crime and punishment, including murder — think “Crimes and Misdemeanors” and “Match Point.” All these threads — plus, of course, love and seduction — come together in his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” which may not be his very best recent work, but is by far not his worst, either.

Review: A prequel for the pipsqueaks called ‘Minions’

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:44

Sidekicks rarely shine when thrust into the spotlight, but what about a few hundred of them?

The Minions, having been the best part of the two previous “Despicable Me” movies, have swarmed the screen in “Minions.” As candidates for center stage, they are seemingly ill-suited. Slavishly — if rarely competently — devoted lackeys, they’re underlings by both definition and verticality.

Celebrity is the villain in new Amy Winehouse film

Written by JAKE COYLE,
AP Film Writer
Friday, 03 July 2015 08:19

Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary “Amy” is a slow, tragic zoom out. It begins with the intimacy of home movies and ends in far-away paparazzi footage. Our VIP access has been revoked.

First seen as a bright-eyed 14-year-old girl singing a knockout “Happy Birthday,” Winehouse gradually recedes from our view as her renown grows, obscured by a blizzard of flashes and a deadening haze of celebrity. Fame arrives like fate: a destiny foreshadowed by Winehouse’s self-evident talent and her own ominous misgivings. “I would go mad,” she says of fame before its tidal-wave arrival. 

Meryl Streep rocks harder than ever in ‘Ricki and the Flash’

Written by Jan Janssen,
The Interview Feed
Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:21

Ricki and the Flash opens in wide release on Aug. 7.

She’s become a Hollywood legend for playing great women, mastering accents and generally making her mark as the greatest actress on Earth. But now it seems that Meryl Streep is enjoying a second life as a musical performer. 

‘Tangerine’ a vital peek into unseen LA street lives

Written by Sandy Cohen,
AP entertainment writer
Thursday, 16 July 2015 11:33

Caitlyn Jenner and her glamorous Vanity Fair cover brought unprecedented visibility to transgender women. Laverne Cox, the first transgender actress to win an Emmy Award, fronted Time magazine, an image of grace and growing acceptance.

The transgender women at the heart of Tangerine come from the opposite end of the spectrum — the invisible and maligned. They’re sex workers who troll the streets of Hollywood, turning tricks in parked cars. Their hangout is an all-night doughnut shop. They keep company with pimps, druggies and the overlooked.

Review: Bawdy, brash ‘Trainwreck’ is good fun

Written by LINDSEY BAHR,
AP Film Writer
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:10

Women can be jerks, too. Everyone knows that.

And yet in the movies, the female schmuck is generally relegated to side characters. She’s a friend. She’s a villain. She’s never the heroine.

Lotsa grinding, little plot in ‘Magic Mike XXL’

Written by JOCELYN NOVECK,
AP National Writer
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 16:07

There’s an early scene in “Magic Mike XXL” that hints at what this much ballyhooed sequel woulda, coulda, shoulda been.

Mike Lane, played by the well nigh irresistible Channing Tatum, is alone in his furniture workshop. As he saws, measures and sands, the beat of the music he’s listening to starts to transport him.  He can’t stop himself: he begins to dance, all around the shop, over and under the tools, a guy who just can’t keep those limbs from moving.

David Duchovny steps back into cop's shoes with 'Aquarius' and upcoming 'X-Files' reboot

Written by Phil Thompson,
The Interview Feed
Thursday, 23 July 2015 08:05
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Having completed seven seasons on Showtime’s Californication as womanizing author Hank Moody last year, David Duchovny returns to network television as the star of the period crime drama Aquarius.

Cara Delevingne gets her miracle in ‘Paper Towns’

Written by The Interview Feed Friday, 17 July 2015 13:30

Cara Delevigne stars with Nat Wolff in Paper Towns, the film adaptation of John Green’s YA novel of the same name.
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She’s Britain’s most famous model since Kate Moss. But unlike her predecessors, she‘s about to become a major Hollywood star. 

Starring in 'Youth,' Michael Caine refuses to give up acting

Written by Jan Janssen,
The Interview Feed
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 13:18

There are few more distinctive personalities in the film world than Michael Caine. The man is a living legend and despite occasional hints at retirement he shows no signs of giving up acting even at age 82. His latest project: Youth, a powerful new film from Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino.

Jada Pinkett Smith is the 'lioness' who tames the men of 'Magic Mike XXL'

Written by Lindsey Bahr,
AP Film writer
Saturday, 27 June 2015 08:53
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When Jada Pinkett Smith got the call from her agent about the Magic Mike sequel script, there was something she needed to know: Her part as Rome, the owner of a male strip club, was written for a man.