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Review: The Man Who Knew Infinity

posted: 07/01/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Respectful and restrained, Matthew Brown's film about autodidactic Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan is the sort of tastefully polished affair you might imagine it to be. It's a formulaic Merchant-Ivory style soap opera that plays up the dramatic aspects of the subject's life while assuring us of his brilliance by having others marvel at theorems a mainstream audience couldn't be expected to understand.

Home Movies

posted: 07/01/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Kung Fu Panda 3, directed by Jennifer Yuh and Alessandro Carloni (PG, 95 minutes)

PREVIEWS

posted: 07/01/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

The BFG 87 PG A 10-year-old girl is in for the adventure of a lifetime after she meets the 24-foot Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). With Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader; directed by Steven Spielberg. (117 minutes)

COMING ATTRACTIONS

posted: 07/01/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, R Hard-partying brothers (Adam Devine, Zac Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) for their sister's Hawaiian wedding -- and instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied. With Stephen Root, Stephanie Faracy, Sugar Lyn Beard, Sam Richardson; directed by Jake Szymanski. July 8

Review: Swiss Army Man

posted: 07/01/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

In Swiss Army Man, the actor best known for playing Harry Potter plays a flatulent corpse.

Boxoffice: Dory, Shallows box office splashes

posted: 07/01/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Two aquatic tales -- one geared for families, the other for scare-seeking teens and adults -- helped to buoy the weekend box office, with Disney/Pixar's Finding Dory retaining the No. 1 spot and the shark-attack thriller The Shallows exceeding expectations in its first weekend to come in fourth.

Review: The BFG

posted: 07/01/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Steven Spielberg made his fortune and won his fan base with popcorn fare like Jaws and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and plenty of folks have been holding out for him to make movies like those again instead of history lessons like Lincoln or Bridge of Spies. (Though admittedly, Spielberg's common touch keeps even his most grown up movies from sounding like sermons. Most of the time.)

Review: The Legend of Tarzan

posted: 07/01/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Since 1918, there have been exactly 17 actors to play the King of the Jungle on the screen, and each and every one of them has the same excruciating fatal flaw: They're all white as a bowl of peeled potatoes.

Super Quiz: Canada Day

posted: 07/01/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

1. What is featured on Canada's flag?

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/01/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: What do I absolutely need to know about traveling with medicines?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/01/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. If love is good, isn't extravagant love better? And as long as you're going to have a run of luck, why not have great degrees of it? With the mindset of "more" you'll make more happen. For the next six months it's appropriate. Then expect some temperance and tapering off in the new year.

On Christianity

posted: 07/01/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: What does God look like? I think maybe He's an old man with white hair, kind of like my grandfather, but my parents said to ask you. I am 8 years old.

NW PREVIEWS

posted: 07/01/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

The BFG 87 PG A 10-year-old girl is in for the adventure of a lifetime after she meets the 24-foot Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). With Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader; directed by Steven Spielberg. (117 minutes)

Review: Gross narcissism

posted: 06/24/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Nicholas Winding Refn's new film (The Neon Demon) is, in fact, directed by Nicholas Winding Refn. This we come to understand, not only because of the film's disastrous screening at Cannes, where it earned substantial boos from an incensed audience, but because he not only puts his own name up before the film's title -- and the credits of his actors -- he also adds a smart NWR monogram at the bottom third of the screen to ensure there is no possible doubt who is behind it.

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