Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019

The first spinoff of the 18-year-old "Fast & Furious" franchise, "Hobbs & Shaw," sped away with $180.8 million in its worldwide debut, including $60.8 million domestically — a strong opening that dethroned "The Lion King" after a two-week reign at No. 1 but couldn't match the box-office...

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2019

Universal Pictures previewed a diverse slate of offerings from "Cats" to "Hobbs & Shaw" Wednesday morning at CinemaCon, the annual trade convention where exhibitors and distributors meet in Las Vegas to discuss the future of the movie theater business.

Footage from Tom Hooper's...

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

Born in the 3-D land rush, "How to Train Your Dragon" has never quite shrugged off the bland corporate sheen attached to it from the start. But almost a decade since taking flight in 2010, these movies have made up for their lack of fire with enough sincerity and genuine sense of wonder to...

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

Jordan Peele's "Us," his anticipated follow-up to "Get Out," will make its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

SXSW announced Tuesday that "Us" will open the 26th edition of the Austin, Texas, festival on March 8. Like Peele's "Get Out," ''Us" is a socially minded...

Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

You're a mean one — and you're number one — Mr. Grinch.

"Dr. Seuss' The Grinch" sledded past mixed reviews and made off with $66 million for Universal Pictures to top the weekend North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Last week's top film, the Queen biopic...

Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

I like to imagine what King Kong, as a popcorn-chomping moviegoer, might make of "Skyscraper," the latest summer actioner staring Dwayne Johnson. Would he, watching a goliath ascend the exterior of a high-rise with helicopters and klieg lights swirling, woundedly mumble, "Hey, that's my gig."...

Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2018

Here's the good news: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom " is more fun than "Jurassic World." It's not exactly a high bar, but still a welcome surprise. In the hands of a new director, J.A. Bayona, with Chris Pratt's high-wattage charisma on full blast and a fair amount of self-aware humor intact,...

Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018

The teen sex comedy, a dude-fest if there ever was one, gets a very overdue and very funny update in Kay Cannon's "Blockers," a gleeful, gross-out farce about the absurdities of gender bias.

Like "Porky's" and "American Pie" before it, Cannon's film begins with a sex pact. Three high-...

Monday, Apr. 2, 2018

Kay Cannon, a performer, screenwriter, producer and three-time Emmy nominee, had never directed anything before "Blockers," an R-rated teen sex comedy that Universal Pictures is releasing wide Friday.

She'd written and produced for "30 Rock" and "New Girl," written the scripts for the...

Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

At the end of the monsters-versus-robots flick "Pacific Rim," a breach at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean is closed, plugging a hole that allowed hellish creatures to emerge and terrorize the globe. But after the movie earned $400 million worldwide, was that portal really going to stay closed?...

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