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'Ab Fab' makes a wickedly funny return

'Ab Fab' makes a wickedly funny return

This outlandish, flamboyant British trifle is like a glass of champagne directly to the face of these dog days of a very trying summer.

'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' worth searching out

'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' worth searching out

Add this to your list of movies to see this month. Actually, make it first on the lineup.

Latest 'Ice Age' disappoints

Latest 'Ice Age' disappoints

Fourteen years after the first "Ice Age" animated film was a hit, the fifth installment in the franchise, "Ice Age: Collision Course," rolls into theaters. Is it inevitable?

'Lights Out' will make you afraid of the dark if you weren't already

'Lights Out' will make you afraid of the dark if you weren't already

David F. Sandberg's excellent horror flick "Lights Out" is a film about common fears and universal phobias; about things that go bump in the night, and exist only in the dark.

New ‘Star Trek’ a little too familiar

New ‘Star Trek’ a little too familiar

After its impressive “Star Trek” reboot and entertaining sequel, Paramount Pictures faces the inevitable moment when a longtime meal ticket begins to deliver leftovers.

Garry Marshall, creator of 'Happy Days' and director of 'Pretty Woman,' dead at 81

Garry Marshall, creator of 'Happy Days' and director of 'Pretty Woman,' dead at 81

Marshall created some of the most enduring and seminal sitcoms, including "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley" and "Mork & Mindy." He also transformed Neil Simon's play "The Odd Couple" into yet another hit sitcom for ABC.

Kid movie critic now grown and ready for college

Kid movie critic now grown and ready for college

Jackson Murphy, also known as Lights Camera Jackson, was only 8 years old when he first appeared on the YNN cable news channel in 2008. Now the award-winning kid critic is all grown up.

Cranston gets bad again for role in 'The Infiltrator'

Cranston gets bad again for role in 'The Infiltrator'

In “The Infiltrator,“ it’s impossible to not see Bryan Cranston's performance through the lens of "Breaking Bad" character Walter White.

Female 'Ghostbusters' answer the call superbly in remake

Female 'Ghostbusters' answer the call superbly in remake

"Ghostbusters” is back, with its impossibly jaunty theme song bouncing away in my head again like it’s 1984. (Just try not to bop up and down when you hear that song.) Except it’s 2016, and the Ghostbusters now are women — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

Turns out ‘Tickled’ is no laughing matter

A crafty, unsettling bait-and-switch of a movie, the documentary “Tickled” sends viewers down a disquieting rabbit hole, into corners of the internet, economic desperation and the human psyche that grow darker with every turn and twist.

From first to worst: Ranking Spielberg's 28 movies

From first to worst: Ranking Spielberg's 28 movies

Alfred Hitchcock, after seeing “Jaws,” said that young Steven Spielberg “is the first one of us who doesn’t see the proscenium arch.”

‘Pets’ have a lot of secrets in enjoyable film

‘Pets’ have a lot of secrets in enjoyable film

A movie about what pets do during the day is a winning premise. Of course we want to know what those adorable creatures with whom we share our lives are up to, and so “The Secret Life of Pets” is here to explore those possibilities.

Musicians of many cultures share life on the road

Typical of so much video associated with the beloved, charismatic cellist Yo-Yo Ma, “The Music of Strangers” is full of humanitarian philosophy and picturesque shots of artist and cello in exotic locales.

‘Mike and Dave’ need a better movie

‘Mike and Dave’ need a better movie

Although the premise is spelled out right there in the title, “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” makes very little sense.

Shaker High grads having fun with ‘Mike and Dave’

Shaker High grads having fun with ‘Mike and Dave’

Back in February of 2013, Menands natives and Shaker High graduates Mike and Dave Stangle sought out dates for a cousin’s upcoming wedding by heading to Craigslist.

‘Swiss Army Man’ looks at life, death and flatulence

‘Swiss Army Man’ looks at life, death and flatulence

“Swiss Army Man” is either an intriguing looking into the deteriorating mind of a man driven to madness by loneliness or a sophomoric attempt at delivering a deep message on a constant wave of farts. An argument can be made for both.

Mark Rylance used recordings for giant role in ‘The BFG’

Mark Rylance used recordings for giant role in ‘The BFG’

Mark Rylance appeared in several TV and film projects before linking up with Steven Spielberg; the majority of his career has been spent on the stage, including being the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London for a decade.

‘The Purge: Election Year’ is the craziest Purge yet

There’s much to be enjoyed in the over-the-top imagery, especially a horde of teenage girls in blood-soaked prom dresses wielding rhinestone-encrusted weapons and driving a Christmas-light bedecked whip, blasting “Party in the USA.”

‘Traitor’ just kind of sits there

“Our Kind of Traitor” has all the earmarks of an enjoyable, if disposable, contemporary thriller: intrigue, exotic locales, villainous Russians, Moneypenny from the James Bond movie “Spectre,” a John le Carre pedigree, and Ewan McGregor looking frightened.

‘The BFG’ is no big deal

‘The BFG’ is no big deal

Steven Spielberg loves introducing children to alternate universes and amazing creatures.

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