NEW YORK (AP) â€” It's no secret that TV has a habit of recycling past hits. ("Fuller House"?! Really?!)
The Reformation toppled the Renaissance but the decline of the McConaissance is harder to delineate.
"Resident Evil" has evolved over the last 20 years, from a humble horror game set in a solitary haunted mansion to a globe-spanning epic in which humanity is fighting for its very existence. Along the way it has lost much of its charm. When 2012's "Resident Evil 6" gave up spine-tingling suspense in favor of explosive, "Call of Duty"-style bombast, I was ready to give up on the franchise.
Even as Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi layers his films with complexity â€” with characters whose intimacies are crowded by politics, society and the past â€” his command of narrative is utterly total. You get the impression he could direct his way out of any labyrinth, that his camera â€” cool and composed â€” could travel through a briar patch without so much as a scratch.
While there are a few good laughs to be had in "The Comedian " â€” and great cameos by myriad comics â€” Taylor Hackford's film isn't exactly a comedy.
"Rather Be the Devil" (Little Brown and Company), by Ian Rankin
"The Trapped Girl" (Amazon Publishing), by Robert Dugoni
"A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA" (Simon & Schuster), by Joshua Kurlantzick
"Fatal" (Atria), by John Lescroart
Train, "a girl a bottle a boat" (Columbia Records)
"The Rising" (Tor Books), by Heather Graham and Jon Land
Dead Man Winter, "Furnace" (GNDWIRE/Thirty Tigers)
NEW YORK (AP) â€” The Slender Man craze swept the younger digerati while their unwitting elders occupied themselves online with Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Ketchup, mustard, two pickles. In John Lee Hancock's "The Founder," about Ray Kroc and the making of McDonald's, the ingredients for success are ruthlessly simple.
The Flaming Lips, "Oczy Mlody" (Warner Bros. Records)
When was the last time an animated film actual lowered your pulse rate?
Delbert McClinton and Self-Made Men, "Prick of the Litter" (Hot Shot Records/Thirty Tigers)
"Split " is a movie in which James McAvoy plays a man with 23 personalities. Some of them are kind. Some are strange. Some are talented. Some are deranged. One is a woman. One is a child. And one of them likes to kidnap teenage girls, lock them in a basement and make them dance naked. As with any thriller, of course, this one from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan chooses to focus on the increasingly scantily clad teenage girls in peril. Forgive me if I'm a little bored already, but not even McAvoy sporting a tight turtleneck and pleated midi skirt while affecting a posh accent as one of the personalities, Miss Patricia, is enough to really save this film.
There's a lot fire behind Run The Jewels and their latest album, "Run The Jewels 3." They're longtime hip-hop practitioners on a current come-up, riding a crest of notoriety as much for their infectious, two-headed rap attack as for their outspoken political stance.
"Her Every Fear" (William Morrow), by Peter Swanson
Ben Affleck is no doubt an ambitious and tasteful filmmaker, but he's gotten himself in a bit of hot water with the bloated period gangster epic "Live by Night ." It looks and sounds right and all the elements are there: A conflicted anti-hero with a granite jaw, a fast-talkin', two-timin' moll, crooked cops, and a sweaty loyal partner. There's the one-last-job-gone-awry, some rum-running, a few epic shootouts and the big questions about whether or not our man has become everything he swore he wouldn't. It seems like enough to hold audience interest for a few hours, but somehow even with all that going for it (not to mention a parade of recognizable faces), "Live by Night" is dull as sin.
Bombs detonated in the center of Boston are disarmed by bonds of family and community in Peter Berg's "Patriots Day," a stirring ode to civic life in the age of terrorism.
The British government said on Monday it is launching a national inquiry into cyber security to assess the extent to which the UK is protected from an ever-increasing tide of attacks worldwide. The inquiry comes only two days after U.S. intelligence agencies said Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to help U.S president-elect Donald Trump's electoral chances by discrediting Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. "Attention has recently focused on the potential exploitation of the cyber domain by other states and associated actors for political purposes," said Margaret Beckett, chair of parliament's joint committee on national security strategy.
"Toni Erdmann " is a hard film to love, but that might be the point. The German movie from the clearly talented and incisive writer/director Maren Ade seems like it should be a comedy â€” the lightly plotted character study is about a father trying to introduce some chaos into his adult daughter's overworked life â€” but it's far too cutting and uncomfortable to generate much joy.
Theodore Melfi's buoyant "Hidden Figures" is an old-fashioned feel-good movie with powerful contemporary relevance, spearheaded by a trio of unstoppable actresses playing black women who wouldn't be stopped.