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Red Steagall will host an upcoming documentary on the Stockyards. Photo by Joel Walters.

Filming the Stockyards

A filmmaker puts the final touches on a documentary about the legendary district.
Jeff Prince
A bunch of cowboys are expected to be sidling up to bars and moseying down sidewalks in the Stockyards this weekend. The fourth Saturday of July is the National Day of the Cowboy, a nonprofit organization’s celebration of peo...


Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley live it up as fugitives on the Riviera in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

Absolutely Fabulous: Passing Fashion

Patsy and Edina look long in the tooth in their big-screen adventure.
Kristian Lin
I should start off by saying I’m an Absolutely Fabulous virgin. I had never seen a single episode of the cult 1990s British sitcom before I saw the movie version that comes out this week. Judge me for it if you will, but back...



Ghostbusters

Bonus Film Review: Ghostbusters

Kristian Lin
Over the past year or so, a lot of hysterical men succeeded in making me ashamed of my own gender over the new reboot of Ghostbusters that opened this past weekend. (They’re still out there, too, artificially depressing t...


Francesca Eastwood grows up real fast in this brutal, nasty Western.

Tarantino-esque

Outlaws and Angels isn’t just another Q-Man knockoff.
Steve Steward
In the way that sharks come with remoras and roadkill with crows, Quentin Tarantino films are usually followed with a tail of aesthetic imitators varying in both budget and quality. Stuff like Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag or Sui...



tarzan

Jungle Lug

What should be an epic adventure is sucked of life in The Legend of Tarzan.
Cole Williams
Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author of Tarzan of the Apes, was never the most skilled wordsmith, but as science-fiction writer Jack DeVitt said, “When it rains in a Burroughs novel, the reader gets wet.” In comparison, The Leg...


Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick scam a free Hawaiian vacation because Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.

Stangled Web

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to discuss this uproarious wedding comedy.
Kristian Lin
Hmmm, what do we make of men writing all the R-rated female-centric comedies these days? Look at Neighbors 2, the upcoming Bad Moms, and this week’s Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, all written by teams of men, with not a si...



Max waits for his owner's return while Gidget spies on him from afar in "The Secret Life of Pets."

Pet Sounds

Delve into The Secret Life of Pets for a pleasant time.
Kristian Lin
The Secret Life of Pets is the latest animated film from the outfit Illumination Entertainment, which made the Despicable Me films. Indeed, it shares one of the same directors and two of the same writers as those movies. So tha...


Daniel Radcliffe is dead while Paul Dano looks for phone service in Swiss Army Man.

Body Issues

The corpse of true love runs smooth in the surreal fable Swiss Army Man.
Kristian Lin
I seldom feel like I’m running out of words, but we’re at the end of a month where I’ve reviewed one movie about hotel guests turning into animals and another one about necrophilia and cannibalism in high fashion, and I t...



Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill make an unlikely pair of friends in "The BFG."

The BFG: The Bigger They Are …

Steven Spielberg makes a giant flop in this Roald Dahl adaptation.
Kristian Lin
A few months ago, many observers were stunned when Mark Rylance won the Oscar for Best Supporting actor for his work on Bridge of Spies over favorite Sylvester Stallone. Maybe you saw the ceremony on TV and wondered who this Ry...


Elle Fanning’s not dead, merely posing for a photo shoot in The Neon Demon.

The Neon Demon: Fashion Victims

Women beware women in this gory horror film.
Kristian Lin
Maybe you heard that Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon caused boos and walkouts at Cannes. Sometimes it seems like every movie does that, but this one was so controversial that The Daily Mail called for it to be banned in...