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The charm of the popular “Lip Synch Battle” series is the way that the contestants, all very talented and successful performers, transcend the limits of race and gender — and other limits, too, like vocal range. In her way, real-life […]

For a remake of the Helen Reddy musical with live-action boy befriended by a cartoon dragon, Disney has wisely jettisoned the songs, the plot and the cartoon and produced an entirely new story that is genuinely enchanting. This seems to […]

Parents are never prepared to answer the “Where do babies come from?” question. When writer/director Evan Blank was asked to write a comically awkward scene, he remembered his own conversation with his father. Twinkies and Donuts is his cute, comedically […]

Netflix has a new animated series for kids and Beatles fans called “Beat Bugs,” featuring covers of Beatles songs by today’s top artists and stories about friendship. Here is Pink singing “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

Life is pretty much improv, after all. We are constantly challenged to respond to what we cannot predict. But we do not have the two foundational rules that make performance improvisation so compelling. First is “yes, and.” Whatever anyone on […]

I always say that the success of a superhero movies depends on the bad guy. So, shouldn’t a movie that is all bad guys be really great? That’s the idea behind “Suicide Squad,” a sort of “Avengers” (all-star hotshots who […]

Even the most outrageous comedy has to have some grounding in reality, if only through taking place in a world that is consistently imagined. If we don’t know where we are, there may be jokes, but it is not truly […]

Whoever thought that the “Fast and Furious” series would keep getting better while the once-smart “Bourne” series is the one that drives off a cliff? During the boring parts of this movie, I played a game I made up that […]

This new series takes of from the delightful movie Home, about a girl who befriends a hapless alien named Oh. It picks up where the hit 2015 animated film left off with best friends Tip & Oh navigating through the […]

Documentarian Joe Forte loved the stories his second cousin told about the golden era of Hollywood — so he decided to interview him on film. Now available On Demand.