<i>The Meg</i> makes a mediocre addition to the shark-movie canon

The Meg makes a mediocre addition to the shark-movie canon

Shark movies are big business, especially in the world of straight-to-video cinema. Low-budget movies with titles like Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre and Raiders of the Lost Shark have been showing up regularly on streaming services, on cable channels and in Redboxes in recent years, most of them using campy humor, copious gore and titillating nudity (or seminudity) to make up for what they lack in plot, character development and production values.

Crazy Rich Asians makes the case for a struggling genre

Given how high the expectations have been for the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's popular 2013 novel Crazy Rich Asians, it's remarkable how limber and lighthearted the movie is. In a time when old-school romantic comedies have been mostly relegated to Netflix original movies, Crazy Rich Asians delivers an unabashedly glamorous love story, with a predictable but mostly satisfying narrative arc and plenty of entertaining, likable characters.

DATE CHANGE: Our free outdoor screening of Grease is now Sept. 6

Well, the smoke got in our eyes: Our outdoor Suds & Cinema screening of the 1978 musical Grease, previously scheduled for this Thursday evening, is being postponed to Thursday, Sept. 6, due to unhealthy air conditions. Keep your fingers crossed for less toxic weather.

Spike Lee tells an outrageous true story in BlacKkKlansman

The true story behind BlacKkKlansman is so fascinating that it would be tough for any filmmaker to screw it up.

As Grease turns 40, we explore a popular internet theory: Is its sequel actually a better movie?

Grease is probably the most famous movie musical of all time.

Eighth Grade authentically and artfully captures modern awkward adolescence

As Kayla begins recording this edition of her barely-viewed YouTube vlog via her fuzzy webcam, you can, like, totally tell that she's less than, like, 100 percent confident in her delivery of this motivational poster-esque monologue about how to, like, just be yourself. Twitches of anxiety cross her acne-blotched face as she checks her notes and insists that while some people at her middle school might think she's, like, totally shy, she's actually, like, super talkative when given the chance.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the corniest movie of the year, and that's a good thing

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again — rarely has a title been more apropos.

Teen Titans Go! to the Movies offers a kid-friendly superhero satire

It's appropriate that Teen Titans Go! to the Movies opens with Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd zipping around the Warner Bros. logo, because the animated movie based on the Cartoon Network series is very much in the tradition of the anarchic, self-aware, fourth wall-breaking Looney Tunes shorts from the studio's early days.

Fallout upholds the high standards of the Mission: Impossible series

It's more than a little unlikely that a big-budget Hollywood franchise based on an old TV series could maintain a high level of quality over the course of six movies and 22 years, but somehow the Mission: Impossible series has accomplished just that.

Join us on Sept. 6 for a free, family-friendly outdoor Grease sing-along

Before summer ends, join us on Thursday, Sept. 6, in Kendall Yards' Olmstead Park (2335 W. Summit Pkwy.) for an outdoor screening of 1978's Grease.

Three Identical Strangers tells of triplets separated at birth, and the implications of their reunion

Bobby, Eddy and David were triplets, born in New York in 1961 to a single mother who gave them up for adoption.

A father and daughter test their bond in the affecting Leave No Trace

At first, Will seems like a good father. Leave No Trace begins with Will (Ben Foster) on what looks like it could be an extended camping trip with his 13-year-old daughter Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), sleeping in a tent in the woods, starting fires with flint and steel, catching rainwater to drink, cooking up mushrooms they find among the trees.

The documentary The Gospel According to André sings the praises of a style icon

I knew next to nothing about André Leon Talley, the fashion writer and influencer who's the subject of the documentary The Gospel According to André, as I walked into the theater. Consider it a consequence of my general ignorance about the world of haute couture.

The musical indie dramedy Hearts Beat Loud is charming but slight

There's nothing hip about the sanitized, gentrified Brooklyn portrayed in Hearts Beat Loud, and the same applies to Brett Haley's cozy greeting card of a movie.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is a palate cleanser for the Marvel Cinematic Universe

After laying waste to literally half of all sentient life in Avengers: Infinity War, the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes a bit of a breather in Ant-Man and the Wasp, a breezy and mostly fun adventure for the low-level superheroes who use high-tech suits to shrink and grow by extreme proportions.

The Chekhov Challenge: The Seagull is a noble attempt at translating a literary great to the big screen

Translating a stage play to the big screen already has its built-in complications, but adapting the work of a figure as towering as Anton Chekhov is a whole other minefield to navigate. Chekhov's work can seem talky and dense in the wrong hands, and so many of his narrative innovations have since become overworked conventions.


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