"Do I look pathetic?" Lady Gaga asks, covering her face with her hands to hide her tears. She is lying on a couch in her apartment, only a towel covering her body. A physical therapist places an ice pack on her cheek and massages her head.
Not that anyone has been calling for it, but director Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" brings the spy saga back in all its overblown, inconsistent glory. In this ultraviolent farce many innocent people suffer, especially in the audience.
In April 1992, Yance Ford's brother, William, then a 24-year-old teacher, was killed by a white 19-year-old mechanic. Although the Long Island police investigated the case, the shooting was deemed justifiable by a grand jury and the shooter never faced any consequences. William was unarmed.
If you're of a certain age and childless, it's entirely possible you haven't the foggiest idea what a "Ninjago" – of the latest Lego movie – might be. Apparently it is both a show and a toy, but that's as far as I got into the Wikipedia article. With the wild success of both "The Lego Movie" and "The Lego Batman Movie," released just earlier this year, it stands to reason that Warner Bros. would strike while the iron is hot and churn out more Lego-themed movies, like "The Lego Ninjago Movie," which sadly proves that when it comes to the super fun Lego movies, there can be diminishing returns.
ATOMIC BLONDE. 2.5 stars. Charlize Theron is a rampaging British agent in Berlin as the wall collapses in 1989, teaming with another agent (James McAvoy) to help a defector and find a traitor. Works well as actioner, not so well as espionage thriller. 1 hr. 55. R (violence, nudity) – Gary Thompson
Dorota Kobiela has a deep passion for filmmaking and the works of Vincent van Gogh. She's brought those two loves together to create "Loving Vincent," the most visually stimulating feature film to be released in years.
The Facebook-themed horror movie "Friend Request" spooks its way into theaters this weekend, hoping to turn up audiences who are ready for autumn temperatures, Halloween and things that go bump in the night. Shockingly, "Friend Request" delivers. This scare-fest is so gloriously dumb that it is surprisingly a whole lot of fun.
A downbeat, naturalistic and admirably adult dramatic comedy, "Brad's Status" is the story of a bright man who devotes most of his intellectual energy to pessimism and melancholy. He's not a loser, but a frustrated guy in crisis. Midlife crisis. A self-defined second-rater. When you see him in bed, eyes wide open, it's obvious that he's seriously sad. But, like watching a slow-moving car accident, you can't avert your eyes.
"Stronger" is the title of Jeff Bauman's bestselling memoir about his experience as a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing, and also of David Gordon Green's fine new film adaptation. It is also a knowing riff on "Boston Strong," a call for local unity and an assertion of hometown pride that rose from the ashes of that 2013 tragedy to become a T-shirt slogan, a hashtag and a worldwide rallying cry.
Engaging and sunny (literally; this is the brightest, squintiest film in months), as far as it goes, "Battle of the Sexes" is a two-headed biopic reluctant to complicate its coming-out story with too many ... complications.
When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.