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Gina Rodriguez deserves more than bland ‘Miss Bala’

If you’ve ever watched TV’s hugely entertaining “Jane the Virgin,” you’ll know that its star, Gina Rodriguez, is one of the most engaging, charismatic and relatable actresses out there. It was only a matter of time before she headlined a big-studio movie — a truly welcome ...

‘Arctic’ is a solid, and solitary, survival tale

The premise for “Arctic “ is so simple it’s almost silly to describe: Stranded man tries to survive. It’s also been done more than a few times in movies, so it’s understandable if hearing that invokes a yawn. And yet with barely any dialogue, traditional storytelling methods or ...

Superiorland NIGHTLIFE

Today 7 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring Chris Valenti at Iron Bay Restaurant and Drinkery, Marquette 8:30 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring acoustic jam at Hide-A-Way Bar, Gwinn 9 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring open mic with Joe Patrick at Flanigan’s, ...

Everything is pretty good in ‘The LEGO Movie 2’

“The LEGO Movie” is a hard act to follow. Its world was so fresh and vibrant and unexpected, it’s no wonder that it spawned a number of spinoffs of varying quality. But the big test was always going to be the sequel and whether or not it could recreate the magic of the first. And I’m ...

The local SCENE

A calendar of local arts and entertainment events Ongoing The Iron Mountain Music Jams are held the last Saturday of the month at the Crystal Lake Senior Center from 1-4 p.m. This is an acoustic jam and welcomes players from all levels. There is no fee and listeners are welcome. The upcoming ...

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ a gloriously gory art-world satire

The art installation, so often a playground in the contemporary art museum, is in Dan Gilroy’s gloriously gory satire “Velvet Buzzsaw” a terror chamber. Interactivity is involuntary. “Velvet Buzzsaw,” which opens on the Art Basel Miami Beach fair, assembles a glittering gallery ...

Jackson accusers’ film gets standing ovation, estate rebuke

PARK CITY, Utah — It’s not uncommon for audiences at the Sundance Film Festival to give standing ovations, but the ceremonial act took on a solemn air as two men who accuse Michael Jackson of molesting them as boys walked onstage following the festival’s only screening of “Leaving ...

Redford says he’s ready for smaller onstage role at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah — Robert Redford has been kicking off the Sundance Film Festival with an opening day press conference for 34 years, but Thursday, he said he was ready to take a backseat role. “I think we’re at a point where I can move on to a different place,” Redford said. “The ...

‘The Kid Who Would Be King’

The Arthurian legend gets a modern and more youthful spin in “The Kid Who Would Be King ,” a surprisingly delightful film full of action, heart, a crazy-haired Patrick Stewart (as “old” Merlin) and a few genuinely good gags, and it really couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s ...

Superiorland Nightlife

Today 8:30 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring acoustic jam at Hide-A-Way Bar, Gwinn 6 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring open mic with Joe Patrick at Flanigan’s, Marquette Wednesday 6 p.m. — Live entertainment featuring The Fiddle Pickers at Lagniappe, Marquette 6 p.m. — Live ...

The Local Scene

A calendar of local arts and entertainment events Ongoing The Iron Mountain Music Jams are held the last Saturday of the month at the Crystal Lake Senior Center from 1-4 p.m. This is an acoustic jam and welcomes players from all levels. There is no fee and listeners are welcome. The upcoming ...

Cast is strong, but ‘Serenity’ fails to deliver

The elevator pitch for Steven Knight’s “Serenity” would be: “‘Key Largo’ meets ‘Westworld.’” And it’s every bit as ridiculous as that sounds. Seven decades after Humphrey Bogart indelibly steered a boat through stormy Atlantic seas, Matthew McConaughey has found his ...

And the nominees won’t be (but should be) …

NEW YORK — By its nature, awards season tends to winnow a field of films and performances until many of the same names are read week after week, award show after award show, leading up to the Academy Awards. It’s a process that always leaves deserving nominees left out for lack of buzz, ...

Metallica, Miley Cyrus perform at Chris Cornell tribute

LOS ANGELES — Many from Metallica and the Foo Fighters rocked on with electrifying performances as family members gave heartfelt speeches in memory of the late Chris Cornell. Cornell’s wife, Vicky, stepped onstage struggling to speak at first. But after gathering herself, she ...