Philip Martin

Columnist: Philip Martin

Jennifer Christman

Weekend Editor, Columnist: Jennifer Christman


NW Previews

Boo! A Madea Halloween

Style: True lies

At the beginning of the famously bad movie Plan 9 From Outer Space, a self-styled psychic named Criswell asks the audience to consider the outlandish events they are about to see as plausible.

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The Accountant’s script doesn’t add up to much or pay off for audience, fine actors

Just once it would be refreshing if a movie about a genius treated the audience as if they had half of the protagonist's brainpower.

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American Honey

In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller used the defeat of a door-to-door peddler to shatter the defining myth of a country where opportunity, material gain and personal fulfillment are there for the taking. But it's doubtful the playwright could ever have imagined the traveling sales crew in American Honey, a mob of teenage drifters suspended between emptiness and defiant resilience, selling something no one wants.

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Biographer's take on Dekalog series

Lawyer and retired Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says the original Ten Commandments in Hebrew actually contain almost 20 rules from the Almighty. That may explain why filmmakers as different as Hollywood legend Cecil B. DeMille and Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski have been inspired to build stories around them.

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Home Movies

Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party,

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Ed Asner an actor all can aspire to be

When I started in the newspaper business, Lou Grant was one of the most popular television programs in the country.

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Girl on the Train rides to No. 1

Following the recent controversy around Fox Searchlight's The Birth of a Nation, fervor for the film about Nat Turner's 1831 slave rebellion is down -- including its Academy Award prospects. But with the film's release in theaters nationwide last weekend, it might not be down for the entire count.

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Kevin Hart: What Now?

In a roundtable interview I conducted with him in 1999, Dave Chappelle once said, "If a gun was put to my head and I had to choose one facet of show business, I'd do [stand-up]. It's the purest. There's no committee."

Festivals foretell better fall, winter films

There seems to have been a lot of chatter since the official Summer of Disappointment -- when the hottest months were stuffed to the gills with films that largely failed to move the needle -- that 2016 is a dismal year for cinema. Au contraire, mes amies! In fact, based on the films I've seen this year at festivals far and wide, we are about to experience a cascade of wonderful films during the last few months of the year.

Coming movies

Boo! A Madea Halloween, PG-13 Madea (director Tyler Perry) winds up in the middle of mayhem and spends Halloween fending off killers, poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens. With Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Lexy Panterra, Yousef Erakat, Andre Hall, Brock O'Hurn, Bella Thorne. Oct. 21


American Honey

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. There's part of you that wants so much to amuse and delight. You will -- with your excellent choices, effortless banter and drive to find the entertaining qualities of life. There will be a tricky pattern interrupt in January, and it's something you'll be grateful for years after. The excitement of May is a little slice of heaven.

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: If you have a GPS, or a phone with GPS, don't store your home address in it. If it's stolen while you are away from home, the thief can follow the navigation directions straight to your house, knowing that you are not there.

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I'm in high school, and we're supposed to write an essay on what we'd like to be doing 20 years from now. I don't have any idea what to say. How can I know where I'll be or what I'll be doing in 20 years?