NEW YORK -- With all the joking and hamming for the camera that Chip Gaines does on "Fixer Upper," it's hard to believe that he initially was the shy half of the husband-and-wife duo that's garnered huge fans and ratings for HGTV.
Every year, actors, musicians and models team up with big-name designers to have some fun with fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The dress code for the annual Met Gala fund-raiser corresponds to an exhibition at the museum’s Costume Institute. In 2015 that show was “China: Through the Looking Glass,” and the fitfully engaging documentary “The First Monday in May” takes a peek behind the scenes of both the exhibition and the party.
John Carney, writer and director of “Once,” the little Irish movie that could, and did — and then did again as a hit stage musical — is back at the top of his game with the coming-of-age charmer, “Sing Street.”
It seems there’s no stopping Garry Marshall’s terrifying cinematic rampage on our nation’s treasured holidays. Having ruined both “Valentine’s Day” and “New Year’s Eve” with his star-packed omnibus projects, the director has burned his way through the calendar, landing on “Mother’s Day.”
‘Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” is the first American feature shot entirely on location in Havana since 1959. The movie makes a good argument for reinstating the American travel ban to the island, at least for Hollywood productions. Shot in 2014 with the assistance of the Cuban Film Institute, on a budget low enough to skate by the U.S. trade embargo policy, this dramatization of the real-life friendship between a former Miami Herald reporter and the legendary author during the late 1950s is as engaging and authentic as a junior high school production of “Death of a Salesman.”
‘Play your early stuff,” is the advice given to the punk band The Ain’t Rights when their dirt-broke, gas-siphoning tour lands a last-minute gig at an Oregon backwoods roadhouse in Jeremy Saulnier’s brisk and brutal genre exercise “Green Room.”
The Maori actor Cliff Curtis delivers a breakthrough performance in “The Dark Horse,” a fact-based drama about a man battling poverty, misery and his own mental illness to help save the young people of his community.
Based on a popular Playstation game, the sci-fi animated feature “Ratchet & Clank” seeks to capture the kid-friendly audience, as well as the gamer crowd who have a familiarity with the space-based game characters. The film is a basic hero story about Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor, also the voice in the video game), a young lombax (a catlike creature) who dreams of joining the Galactic Rangers, only to find that the hero business is much more complicated than it seems.