"Snowden" lacks intensity

Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” lacks the intensity of some of his earlier films about governmental corruption and conspiracy.

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“The Magnificent Seven” is a satisfying remake of John Sturges’ 1960s film, based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 “Seven Samurai.” It puts a modern, multicultural twist on an old-fashioned story. more »

Sep 22, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Nothing is ever simple for Bridget Jones, so naturally, when the 40-something gets pregnant, she has to sort out who the father is. The newest film installment is only sporadically satisfying, but Renée Zellweger still delivers an earthy appeal. more »

Sep 15, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Watching the new documentary “Starving the Beast” is as painful as watching a nerd get slapped for 94 minutes. It portrays a barrage of assaults on higher education, including the University of Wisconsin. more »

Sep 15, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

There’s a fall potpourri of returning programs from network and cable television that are worth going back to. Like the familiar cozy sweaters we reach for in September, it feels good to settle back into our normal television schedule. more »

Sep 10, 2016 12:01 PM TV & Video

September is a time for new beginnings. In the world of television, this is the time of year when networks and channels are trying hard to get your attention. Here are five fledgling shows worth watching. more »

Sep 8, 2016 5:00 AM TV & Video

UW Cinematheque kicks off a Brian De Palma series with “De Palma,” a documentary by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow that lets the filmmaker speak for himself. more »

Sep 1, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

“Southside with You,” a semi-fictionalized version of Michelle and Barack Obama’s first date, makes for a successful romantic comedy. more »

Sep 1, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

The independent game developers just released a PlayStation 4 port of the PC racing game “Absolute Drift.” more »

Aug 25, 2016 4:45 PM Games

In “Don’t Think Twice,” writer/director Mike Birbiglia examines the dynamic of a New York City improv troupe. It features Keegan-Michael Key as a member who gets an invitation to play on a bigger stage. more »

Aug 25, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Todd Solondz taps into the humor of dysfunctional relationships with mixed results in “Weiner-Dog,” four stories linked by a dachshund. more »

Aug 25, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

The West Texas crime movie “Hell or High Water” features sensational performances by Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster and Chris Pines. The trio — and an excellent soundtrack — creates a memorable summer movie experience. more »

Aug 18, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

An archetypal tale of a warrior on a quest becomes a larger story of how humans thrive on storytelling, in the terrific stop-motion animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings.” more »

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