• This image provided by Konami shows a scene from the video game, “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.” (Konami via AP)

    Review: ‘Metal Gear Solid V’ a technical, tactical marvel

    In an early mission in “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” (Konami, for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, $59.99), the player is tasked with assassinating a corrupt colonel who’s up to no good. While such a chore is standard fare for a video game, “Phantom Pain” provides dozens of ways to off the military leader.

  • In this image released by The Weinstein Company, Owen Wilson, left, and Lake Bell appear in a scene from, "No Escape." (Roland Neveu/The Weinstein Company via AP)

    Review: ‘No Escape’ is taut but deeply troubled

    Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as “No Escape,” a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller.

  • This photo provided by Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate shows, Chris Pine, from left, as Caleb, Margot Robbie as Ann Burden, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Loomis, in the film, "Z for Zachariah." (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate via AP)

    Review: ‘Zachariah’ a drama about last 3 people on Earth

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A powder-keg plot setup triggers an underwhelming display of dramatic fireworks in “Z for Zachariah,” a post-apocalyptic survival tale propelled by male-female emotional dynamics. Set in a remote valley spared from radioactive contamination after a presumed global catastrophe, the film from director Craig Zobel effectively sets all its surface parts in motion but, crucially, doesn’t sufficiently develop the turbulent undercurrent of tension and intrigue that are called for in the hothouse circumstances. This, despite the solid efforts of the only actors in the piece, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie and Chris Pine.

  • This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Zac Efron in a scene from Warner Bros. Pictures' and Studiocanal's romantic drama, "We are Your Friends." (Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

    Review: ‘We Are Your Friends’ an entertaining musical romp

    Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, “We Are Your Friends” is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a group of friends standing on the cusp of adulthood with big ambition and little direction.

  • In this June 2, 2015, file photo, Kevin Bacon arrives at the LA Premiere Of "Love & Mercy" in Beverly Hills, Calif. Bacon will star in a stage adaptation of the story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 classic film "Rear Window." Hartford Stage in Connecticut said Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, that the movie star will headline the haunting tale of a wheelchair-bound witness to a possible murder. It’s been adapted for the stage by Keith Reddin and will run from Oct. 22-Nov. 15. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

    Kevin Bacon to perform on stage in ‘Rear Window’ this fall

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Bacon will star in a stage adaptation of the story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 classic film “Rear Window.”

  • In this June 16, 2015 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington. Although Biden has yet to make a decision on a run for the presidency, his advisers say the discussions taking form in the last several weeks are serious enough that the vice president and his associates have started gaming out mechanics like fundraising, ballot deadlines and an early primary state strategy.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    Film industry spokeswoman to be Biden’s communications chief

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has chosen a top film industry official and former spokeswoman for John Edwards’ 2008 presidential campaign to be his new communications director, the White House said Monday.

  • Love blossoms, wanes in Sarah Polley’s ‘Waltz’

    In this Sept. 11, 2011 photo, director-screenwriter-actress Sarah Polley poses for a portrait during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.  (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)

    TORONTO (AP) — Sarah Polley’s getting an earful from reporters asking her just how autobiographical the marital breakup is in her latest film, “Take This Waltz.” The writer-director’s answer: It’s not autobiographical at all.