A talking building-block toy proved tougher than Matt Damon's "The Great Wall" at the box office over the four-day Presidents Day weekend, as "The Lego Batman Movie" from Warner Bros. finished first, raking in an estimated $42.5 million in the U.S. and Canada.
"The Lego Batman Movie" commanded the Presidents Day weekend box office, staying No. 1 for the second straight week, while the China-oriented "The Great Wall" failed to show much muscle in North America.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - At its annual awards show - one of the final indicators of which way the winds of Oscar buzz may be blowing before the Academy Awards - the Writers Guild of America honored "Moonlight," the poetic story of a gay black youth's coming of age in Miami, and the cerebral sci-fi film "Arrival."
Parents need to know that "Speed Sisters" is a documentary about the first all-female car racing team in the Middle East. It follows the four racers and their coach as they compete in races while trying to navigate life in occupied Palestine. The dangers of living in such a highly militarized zone are clear: scenes show armed soldiers and explosions at military checkpoints, and there are mentions of air strikes and the use of tear gas (one woman says that the smell of tear gas reminds her of walking to school as a child). In one intense scene, a racer is shot at and hit by a tear gas canister. She becomes visibly upset and sustains a serious bruise. Most of the movie is in Arabic with English subtitles, although a few of the young women speak English. Swearing is infrequent, but "crap" and "ass" are said in English, while "bastard" and other insults show up in the subtitles. The women are excellent examples of the power of persevering and persisting even when being treated unjustly.
David Oyelowo has been on fire of late. The British actor who was robbed of an Academy Award nomination for his role as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma," has amassed a remarkable body of work over the last half a dozen years with "The Paperboy," "The Butler," "Nightingale," "Five Nights in Maine," "Nina" and "The Queen of Katwe."
Yes, there are lots of colorful animals in "The Red Turtle," a gorgeous, animated family picture by first-time director Michael Dudok de Wit, which has picked up an Oscar nomination for best animated feature.
James Earl Jones and Donald Glover are lending their voices to Disney's new computer-generated remake of 'The Lion King.' Jones is reprising the role of Mufasa, who he voiced in the original 1994 animated movie.
Production companies descend on New Mexico for its gorgeous landscapes, its friendly tax incentives and its well-regarded crew base, but amid the boom some local filmmakers feel like a party is happening in their backyard - and they weren't invited.
Angelina Jolie says she hopes her new film about Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s will help educate the world about the brutality of the regime and shed a light on the plight of young people in various war zones today.