Universal Studios is donating a free vacation to all 42 seniors graduating from a New Hampshire high school after the class donated funds for a class trip to their principal, who was diagnosed with cancer.
This year's Venice Film Festival will include Kristen Stewart in a sci-fi romance, Idris Elba at war and a thriller starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, as well as potentially awards-worthy performances from Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Family and friends of a longtime St. Louis Post-Dispatch film critic killed in a one-vehicle wreck will have the opportunity to share their memories of him during a funeral home visitation this weekend.
The new drama "Southpaw" would seem to come in a long tradition of boxing movies and underdog sports films generally. But ask director Antoine Fuqua what he sees as the through line in it, and he has a slightly different answer.
Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted.
The Stanford Prison Experiment still ranks as one of the world's most controversial psychological experiments even though it took place in 1971. Stanford psychology professor Philip Zimbardo wanted to find out what would happen if ordinary male students were treated as if they were in the penal system. Half were assigned as prisoners, the other half as guards, and a basement block of rooms, unused during summer break, was turned into a makeshift prison. Within 24 hours, the place became a collegiate "Lord of the Flies."
If there were a 10th circle in Dante's vision of Hell it would be reserved for movies like "Vacation." Not only does the film feature a script that has less life than roadkill, a pacing that makes Los Angeles traffic look like the Indy 500 and as much humor as the mass funeral of orphans, nuns and kittens, it smears the good name of the 1983 Chevy Chase comedy, "National Lampoon's Vacation."
There must be a way to pay tribute to '80s comedy classics like "National Lampoon's Vacation" without using the opportunity to traffic in archaic sexism, gender panic and off-color racial jokes. The reboot of the franchise, "Vacation," does not take that chance. Instead, with a script lazily smeared with profanity and bodily fluids, it feels retro in the bad way. It quickly loses its edge and appeal, and this retelling of the family vacation gone wrong results in a sloppily-executed mess of a summer comedy.
Good thing the National Lampoon label no longer exists or there surely would be yet another poo-related joke in the brandless reboot of 1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation," assumedly bringing the tally into double digits. I'm not sure; I wasn't counting, as a comedy that even creates the idea of keeping track of something like that is all kinds of depressing.
The blockbuster summer movie season is still going strong, but the Toronto International Film Festival provided a peek Tuesday at some of the movies and performances that could help set the tone for the upcoming awards season.
Here's the latest from the Television Critics Association summer meeting in Beverly Hills, California, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs (all times local):