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“A Dog’s Purpose,” based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron, looks like a love letter to dogs and the people who are lucky enough to be loved by them. But the movie, which will be in theaters this week, […]

I have never missed an episode of “Black-ish.” It’s one of my favorite television shows, smart, sophisticated, and very funny. I am a huge fan. But this week’s episode took things to another level as the Johnson family and Dre […]

Eugene Lee has designed sets for “Saturday Night Live’ since the very beginning in 1975. He spoke to the UK’s Creative Review about creating the look of the sketches and how technology and expectations have changed in 41 years. Lee […]

I look forward to Slate’s annual movie club roundup of critics discussing the best and worst of the year. Slate’s own Dana Stevens points out that there was only one title on all four participants’ top ten lists for the […]

I’m a fan of Steve Almond’s writing, and really enjoyed his take on “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” especially his discussion of the relationship between Ferris (Matthew Broderick) and Cameron (Alan Ruck). Hughes could have simply cast [Cameron] as a straight […]

These films are not just bad; they are awful. Avoid at all costs. Mother’s Day The Wild Life Norm of the North The Boss Alice Through the Looking Glass Gods of Egypt Huntsman: Winter’s War Tarzan London Has Fallen Why […]

For hard-core “Star Wars” fans only! SPOILER ALERT! From Slashfilm: What the differences between the trailer and the finished film show us about the reshoots. Particularly interesting is the decision to soften Jyn’s character. Most of this dialogue compiled from […]

Still trying to figure out “Arrival?” These might help: In the Washington Post, Michael O’Sullivan explains more about what a linguist does, with some comments from the woman who helped to inspire the character played by Amy Adams, Jessica Coon. […]

Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” opens with a Bible verse that provides setting and inspiration for the true story of Desmond Doss, a WWII medic who braved enemy fire to bring 75 wounded soldiers to safety. It is Isaiah 40:28 Have […]

I really enjoyed this discussion of Mark Wahlberg’s career on the FiveThirtyEight website. Walt Hickey’s “Hollywood Taxonomy” of the four categories of Mark Wahlberg movies can really be used to categorize pretty much all movies. It’s not just divided into […]