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Fuqua's 'Magnificent Seven' is a violent 21st century remake of a 20th century classic

Fuqua's 'Magnificent Seven' is a violent 21st century remake of a 20th century classic

“THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN” — 3 stars — Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier; PG-13 (extended and intense sequences ... Read More


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Quirky 'Storks' scores with clever writing and an original story

Quirky 'Storks' scores with clever writing and an original story

“STORKS” — 3 stars — Voices of Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell; PG (mild action and some thematic elements); in general release
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Dramas about soccer champ Pelé and Kevin Durant’s mother are on DVD

Dramas about soccer champ Pelé and Kevin Durant’s mother are on DVD

A pair of feel-good family films, one about a sports legend and the other about the mother of a sports legend, are on DVD this ... Read More
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Johnny Carson, Carol Burnett and Bob Hope TV episodes now on DVD

Johnny Carson, Carol Burnett and Bob Hope TV episodes now on DVD

If you are too young to know or care about TV shows starring Johnny Carson, Carol Burnett or Bob Hope, this column isn’t for ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? 8-year-old skateboarder shreds

Have You Seen This? 8-year-old skateboarder shreds



A KID'S WORLD — As a full-grown adult I swear it's a struggle for me just to stay on my feet at times. That ... Read More
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'Sully': Points for parents

'Sully': Points for parents

Points for parents
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Have You Seen This? Recreating the 'Top Gun' photo scene

Have You Seen This? Recreating the 'Top Gun' photo scene

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ on Blu-ray, DVD this week

‘Captain America: Civil War’ on Blu-ray, DVD this week

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” comes to Blu-ray and DVD this week.
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Murphy's understated performance drives thoughtful 'Mr. Church'

Murphy's understated performance drives thoughtful 'Mr. Church'

“MR. CHURCH” — 3 stars — Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson, Natascha McElhone, Mckenna Grace, Lucy Fry, Xavier Samuel; PG-13 (thematic elements); in general release
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4 Steven Spielberg movies you need to see again

4 Steven Spielberg movies you need to see again

MOVIE LAND — It's safe to say we’re pretty fond of the Netflix original series, “Stranger Things.”
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‘Sully’ demonstrates that nice guys don’t necessarily finish last

‘Sully’ demonstrates that nice guys don’t necessarily finish last

By now you have no doubt come across numerous stories about “Sully,” Clint Eastwood’s new movie that stars Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger — the ... Read More
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New Blu-rays of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Iron Giant’ on shelves this week

New Blu-rays of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Iron Giant’ on shelves this week

The animated features “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Iron Giant” lead newly released vintage titles on Blu-ray and DVD this week.
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‘Chicago P.D.,’ ‘Scorpion,’ ‘Endeavor’ season sets on video this week

‘Chicago P.D.,’ ‘Scorpion,’ ‘Endeavor’ season sets on video this week

TV season sets aplenty are on DVD and Blu-ray this week, led by “Chicago P.D.,” “Scorpion” and “Endeavor.”
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Protestors during Ryan Lochte's 'Dancing With the Stars' debut; learning from mistakes

Protestors during Ryan Lochte's 'Dancing With the Stars' debut; learning from mistakes



Olympic athlete Ryan Lochte made his “Dancing With the Stars” debut Monday night with dancing pro Cheryl Burke, and there were several protests at his ... Read More
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7 lessons Hollywood should learn from this disappointing summer movie season

7 lessons Hollywood should learn from this disappointing summer movie season

Movie studios are quick to try to learn whatever lessons they can from recent box office statistics to make sure they don’t get left ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Drone surfing

Have You Seen This? Drone surfing



LAND AND SEA — Whether you like it or not, drones have become an everyday part of our lives.
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'Our Little Sister' is a graceful and poignant meditation on forgiveness

'Our Little Sister' is a graceful and poignant meditation on forgiveness

“OUR LITTLE SISTER” — 3 stars — Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose; PG (thematic elements and brief language); Broadway
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The riveting courtroom miniseries ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ now on DVD

The riveting courtroom miniseries ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ now on DVD

A number of TV season sets are on DVD this week, along with the gripping miniseries “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
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No one can say Florence Foster Jenkins didn't sing

No one can say Florence Foster Jenkins didn't sing

I have yet to see “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the biopic about a rich heiress who sang at Carnegie Hall despite being an atrocious singer. Recordings ... Read More
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Have You Seen This? Volcano from space

Have You Seen This? Volcano from space



SPACE — If you're not in immediate danger of being destroyed by one, erupting volcanoes are a pretty awesome sight. Again, as long as you ... Read More
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Wide range of genres among movies on DVD, Blu-ray this week

Wide range of genres among movies on DVD, Blu-ray this week

Lots of new movies are on Blu-ray and DVD this week, representing a wide range of genres.
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Moving 'Sully' highlights the drama during and after 2009's 'Miracle on the Hudson'

Moving 'Sully' highlights the drama during and after 2009's 'Miracle on the Hudson'

“SULLY” — 3½ stars — Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney; PG-13 (some peril and brief strong language); in general release
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'The Wild Life' is a yo-ho-hum take on Robinson Crusoe

'The Wild Life' is a yo-ho-hum take on Robinson Crusoe

“THE WILD LIFE” — 2 stars — Voices of Yuri Lowenthal, David Howard, Joey Camen; PG (mild action/peril and some rude humor); in general release
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British, Australian actors are acting like Americans in Hollywood movies

British, Australian actors are acting like Americans in Hollywood movies

Watching the film “Genius,” which played in theaters in June and was released on DVD this week, it occurred to me this distinctly American story ... Read More
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A black and white, and sometimes Technicolor, dance fest: Movies that showcase unforgettable dance m

A black and white, and sometimes Technicolor, dance fest: Movies that showcase unforgettable dance m

While reality dance shows are currently all the rage, sometimes waiting between seasons, or even episodes, can seem too long. These five family friendly movies ... Read More
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‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ and ‘Peanuts’ movies receive Blu-ray upgrades

‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ and ‘Peanuts’ movies receive Blu-ray upgrades

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and two “Peanuts” theatrical films receive Blu-ray upgrades this week.
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10 movies to keep the summer vibes going

10 movies to keep the summer vibes going

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler and kids are disappearing from the streets as they head back to school. In other ... Read More
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Idealistic youth collides with flawed adulthood in somber 'Little Men'

Idealistic youth collides with flawed adulthood in somber 'Little Men'

“LITTLE MEN” — 3 stars — Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri, Paulina Garcia; PG (thematic elements, smoking and some language); Broadway
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Five for Families: Destination animated films take viewers to Asia

Five for Families: Destination animated films take viewers to Asia

Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.
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Disney’s ‘Jungle Book’ reboot is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

Disney’s ‘Jungle Book’ reboot is on Blu-ray and DVD this week

The new Disney reboot of “The Jungle Book” is the year’s third-biggest box-office hit so far, and now it’s on Blu-ray and DVD ... Read More
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'The Light Between Oceans' frames heart-wrenching drama with incredible scenery

'The Light Between Oceans' frames heart-wrenching drama with incredible scenery

“THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS” — 3½ stars — Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz; PG-13 (thematic material and some sexual content); in general release
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As fall looms, TV season sets have arrived on DVD this week

As fall looms, TV season sets have arrived on DVD this week

TV shows aplenty have arrived on DVD this week, from crime dramas to medical shows to a “Star Wars” animated series.
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Have You Seen This? Luckiest dog in the world barely missed by race car

Have You Seen This? Luckiest dog in the world barely missed by race car



LUCKY TOWN — I've never considered myself to be super lucky.
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Have You Seen This? The paper saw

Have You Seen This? The paper saw



THE WOOD SHOP — Every once in awhile, I like turning my garage into a workshop.
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Gene Wilder was a comic genius of the first rank

Gene Wilder was a comic genius of the first rank

It was love at first sight.
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Game review: Mansions of Madness Second Edition is an 'app' board game of mystery and adventure

Game review: Mansions of Madness Second Edition is an 'app' board game of mystery and adventure

Mansions of Madness Second Edition is a board game unlike any other. It's more than a game, it's an experience. From one to ... Read More
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There's a reason there are no Gene Wilder impersonators

There's a reason there are no Gene Wilder impersonators

If you search YouTube, you can’t find any big-name comedians who do a Gene Wilder impression.
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Have You Seen This? The chopstick piano

Have You Seen This? The chopstick piano



FUNKY INSTRUMENT TOWN — I love music. I love to listen to music, I love to see music played live, and I love to pretend to ... Read More
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Believe it or not, Robert Redford is 80

Believe it or not, Robert Redford is 80

Robert Redford turned 80 a week ago (Aug. 18). Hard to believe, I know. Especially if you’ve seen “Pete’s Dragon.”
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Sloppy 'Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon' means well, but can't compete

Sloppy 'Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon' means well, but can't compete

“SPACE DOGS: ADVENTURE TO THE MOON” — 1 star — Voices of Alicia Silverstone, Ashlee Simpson, Sam Witwer, Kira Buckland, Phil LaMarr; G; in general release
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'Pete's Dragon' is a celebration of the family

'Pete's Dragon' is a celebration of the family

I saw a good family movie the other night.
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Sir Patrick Stewart becomes a cowboy singer to raise money for refugees

Sir Patrick Stewart becomes a cowboy singer to raise money for refugees

“Sometimes it takes an Englishman to teach us what’s great about being an American.”
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