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Aquaman costumes by Kym Barrett; Credit: Alex J. Berliner/©ABImages

Heroic Efforts: How Filmmakers Empowered the Superhero Genre Anew This Year

Can you remember a time when some superhero saga wasn’t grabbing all the attention at the movies? As a steady supply of Marvel and DC films continues to command the multiplexes, it’s easy to get blasé and forget the myriad reasons we love these films. Luckily, the latest crop — Once Upon a Deadpool, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Aquaman — brings new life, diversity and novel spins on the genre....
Steve Carell stars in Welcome ot Marwen.; Credit: Universal Pictures

10 Gift-Wrapped Holiday Flicks

The holiday movie season is officially upon us, and in between shopping sprees and social gatherings, sometimes a break inside a darkened theater provides the perfect entertainment diversion. With so many great new films to choose from opening between now and Christmas Day, we've narrowed down the field to 10 that we're excited about and feel could be worth your hard-earned cash....
Matthew McConaughey and Richie Merritt in White Boy Rick; Credit: Columbia Pictures

L.A. Weekly’s Top 12 Picks for Fall Flicks

This year, horror, fantasy, neo-noir and kiddie-comedy options provide broad counterprogramming to the more serious — and seriously good — fare available from big studios and indie distributors alike, making for an especially festive fall at the movies. With so many films to choose from opening during the next eight weeks, we've picked a dozen films worthy of a trip to the multiplex before the post-Halloween holiday crunch commences....
The team is reassembled in Mission: Impossible — Fallout

Mission: Impossible — Fallout Is the Best One Yet

It's usually a foregone conclusion that when a Hollywood blockbuster movie franchise gets to a sixth entry in the series, it probably won't be that good. It's the sequel law of diminishing returns. But a popcorn-munching optimist can still hope for a sequel that can surprise in unexpected ways. Mission: Impossible — Fallout is that sequel in spades. It elevates the franchise to next-level status — and then some....
Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd make everything more fun to watch in Ant-Man and the Wasp.; Credit: Marvel/Walt Disney Pictures

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Taking the Sting Out of Infinity War

As a playful antidote to the emotionally devastating finale of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios’ next-up superhero saga, Ant-Man and the Wasp, is a joy to watch, packed with light-hearted humor, narrative momentum and feisty action. A marked improvement over its origin-story predecessor, the new Paul Rudd/Evangeline Lilly starrer is a highly entertaining popcorn flick that serves as a diversion from the summer heat — and from our increasingly unsettling authoritarian reality....
An ensemble cast has to deal with the big ones

Jurassic World: Falling Into Dark Territory

There’s a moment in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom when Chris Pratt tells Bryce Dallas Howard, “If I don’t make it back, remember you’re the one who made me come here.” That amusing blame-game sentiment may apply to some moviegoers expecting the same menu of predictable Jurassic theme-park thrills in the theater, only to find themselves on more of a bumpy chaos theory ride with sadistic tendencies in this fifth go-round of big-budget dino mayhem....
Longtime fan David Weiner celebrating Star Wars Day in a re-creation of the Millennium Falcon with R2-D2; Credit: David Weiner

Star Wars Day: 10 Ways for Fans to Celebrate in L.A.

May 4th (May the Fourth Be With You — get it?) has become the established excuse for all walks of Star Wars fandom to celebrate the spirit of the franchise by participating in special events, themed parties, one-day sales and exclusives and the like. Basically, flaunting their self-expression and letting their galactic freak flags fly....