This photo provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment shows Bradley Cooper, left, and Rachel McAdams in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "Aloha." The movie releases in U.S. theaters on May 29, 2015. (Neal Preston/Sony Pictures Entertainment via AP)

Cameron Crowe loves a good failure story, and specifically what happens after a disastrous fall from the top. If Crowe were a character in his own film, the fiasco of “Aloha,” and nearly all of his post-“Almost Famous” movies, would provide the perfect intro. Unfortunately, “Aloha” is not part of some larger redemption narrative for […]

This photo released by Disney shows, from left, George Clooney, as Frank Walker, Britt Robertson as Casey, and Raffey Cassidy as Athena, in a scene from Disney's "Tomorrowland."  The movie releases in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.  (Film Frame/Disney via AP)

There’s a lot to like about Disney’s “Tomorrowland.” It’s got George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, robots and explosions, a positive message, and it puts the fate of the future in the hands of two smart young girls. Still, it’s hard to say exactly who the audience is for this packed-to-the-brim, sci-fi/action-adventure/family romp. The story is […]

This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox shows, Kennedi Clements as Madison Bowen, reaching out to apparitions that have invaded her family’s home in a scene from the film, "Poltergeist." (Twentieth Century Fox  via AP)

It’s infrequent and particularly satisfying when the remake of an especially memorable film equals or exceeds the experience of the original. In 1982, “Poltergeist” saw the brilliant pairing of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s” low-budget horror director Tobe Hooper with far more mainstream screenwriter and producer Steven Spielberg for an effects-laden event movie that earned its […]

From left, director Pete Docter, chief creative officer at Pixar John Lasseter, and producer Jonas Rivera pose for photographers during a photo call for the film Inside Out, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

CANNES, France | After a two-year hiatus, Pixar has made a sensational return to the Cannes Film Festival with “Inside Out,” the kind of fresh take on animation that the studio built itself on. “Inside Out” premiered Monday at Cannes and was among the most enthusiastically received films of the festival. Because Pixar delayed its planned […]

This photo released by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Ester Dean as Cynthia Rose, Shelley Regner as Ashley, Kelley Alice Jakle as Jessica, Hailee Steinfeld as Emily, Anna Kendrick as Beca, Brittany Snow as Chloe, Alexis Knapp as Stacie, Rebel Wilson as Fat Amy, and Hana Mae Lee as Lilly Anna Kendrick as Beca, as the Barden Bellas in a scene from the film, "Pitch Perfect 2." (Richard Cartwright/Universal Pictures via AP)

“Who run the world? GIRLS!” sing those irrepressible Barden University Bellas, channeling Beyonce, in “Pitch Perfect 2.” And yes, they sure do run the world. The highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 surprise hit “Pitch Perfect” is now, more than ever, a celebration of girl power, girl bonding, girl harmony, and most of all, girl laughs. As […]

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Charlize Theron in a scene from "Mad Max: Fury Road," in theaters on May 15. “Mad Max: Fury Road” replaces Mel Gibson with Tom Hardy and welcomes newcomer Charlize Theron as Furiosa, a woman piloting a truck called “the War Rig.” With a budget of about $150 million, it’s a more extravagant summer spectacle than previous “Mad Max” films. (Jasin Boland/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

The silences in “Mad Max: Fury Road” are unsettling. The moments are few and infrequent, but it’s not until the fiery roar of the engines and the thrashing of the guitars are suddenly stripped away that you can fully feel how deeply the film has flooded your being. The theater — and your heart — pulsates […]