Disney flick “Zootopia” is about a rabbit police officer, Judy Hopps, who only has 48 hours to solve her first case. The film opens in theaters nationwide Friday. PHOTO COURTESY WALT DISNEY PICTURES

REVIEW: “Zootopia” sheds light on humanity

Disney films hold a special place in the hearts of millennials. Although many generations of children have grown up with Disney movies, they defined our childhood. We grew up on “The Lion King,” “Toy Story” and “The Little Mermaid” — classic films that shaped children across the country and touched each one of us. As the studio’s 55th animated feature, […]

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Dylan Owen performs Tuesday at The Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge as part of the first night of his first tour, "There’s More to Life.” PHOTO BY KELSEY CRONIN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

REVIEW: Dylan Owen puts “honest voice” into indie hip-hop

Dylan Owen’s music feels like a homemade card. Thoughtful and heartfelt, his lyrics aim straight for the heart, evoking a far more personal connection than the generic verses mainstream rappers sometimes spit. The young musician, who describes his music as a blend of hip-hop vocals set to indie rock tracks, wore his heart on his sleeve as he rapped and […]

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Tina Fey plays Kim Baker, a journalist covering wartime conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” opening in theaters Friday. PHOTO COURTESY FRANK MASI/PARAMOUNT PICTURES

INTERVIEW: “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” reporter Kim Barker finds comedy in chaos

Fourteen years ago, Kim Barker was astonished to find herself thrown into the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan as a brand new foreign news correspondent. Now, she expresses her excitement that the story of her journalistic travels has been turned into the major motion picture, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” set for release on Friday. Barker wrote a memoir, entitled “The […]

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Popular British band The 1975 released its highly anticipated second album, “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it,” on Friday. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA

REVIEW: Raw introspection works for The 1975

British alternative rock band The 1975 has carved out a space in a world that’s entirely its own. Frontman Matt Healy’s mysteriously eccentric attitude is ingrained in the group from its music to the clothes its members wear, marking the whole band as some kind of mascot for the indescribable teen. Members George Daniel, Adam Hann and Ross MacDonald have […]

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The new crime thriller "Triple 9," released Friday, tells the story of the unlikely criminal collaboration of gangs and the Atlanta police. PHOTO COURTESY BOB MAHONEY/OPEN ROAD FILMS

REVIEW: Choppy “Triple 9” robs star cast of potential

“Triple 9” begins with an exhilarating display of crime and corruption, but as the movie progresses, the shallow story leaves little room for the film to breathe. Director John Hillcoat and writer Matt Cook set out to craft a complex tale reminiscent of “The Departed” and “Heat,” but instead end up with a forgettable story with a few solid action […]

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The new fantasy flick “Gods of Egypt," starring Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, opened nationwide on Friday. PHOTO COURTESY LIONSGATE

REVIEW: Pricey “Gods of Egypt” still cheap on substance

The gods bleed gold in Alex Proyas’ “Gods of Egypt,” a maximalist costume epic dramatizing the clash of Egyptian gods and humankind. Mortals dot the great expanse that is Proyas’ ancient Egypt, a digital dreamscape rendered with gaudy intensity. The film enters theaters with public outcry already in tow. In November, the film and its studio, Summit Entertainment, met backlash […]

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Experimental guitarist Kaki King will perform and teach a guitar class Sunday at the Root Note Studio in Lowell. PHOTO COURTESY MARLA AUFMUTH

INTERVIEW: Kaki King strums, drums into spotlight

At just four years old, American musician and composer Kaki King learned to play the guitar. The process of learning music came naturally to the young musician, and she eventually picked up the drums as well, leading her to develop a unique, percussion-inspired guitar technique. Fast forward 32 years, and Kaki King has released over half a dozen albums, received a […]

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The new Danish war drama “A War” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards and opens Friday at the Landmark Kendall Square Cinema. PHOTO BY MAGNOLIA PICTURES

REVIEW: “A War” administers silent kill shot

The opening seconds of Danish writer and director Tobias Lindholm’s “A War” show us something we think we’ve seen before. There are men in uniform, trudging through what appears to be Afghanistan. They shout coordinates. The camera shakes. Suddenly, someone steps on an IED. The camera shakes harder, the men shout louder, everything is thrown into chaos that tears at […]

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"Eddie the Eagle,” opening Friday, tells the story of British Olympic ski team member Michael "Eddie" Edwards, played by Taron Egerton, and his journey to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. PHOTO COURTESY TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

REVIEW: “Eddie the Eagle” takes off, soars

“Eddie the Eagle” has all the aspects of a classic underdog sports movie: a reluctant coach, mean foreign opponents and, of course, a training montage. The movie is based on the true story of Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), who barely misses a chance to be on the 1988 British Olympic downhill ski team. Since he had always dreamed of […]

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Director Robert Eggers and leading actress Anya Taylor-Joy shed light on the production of Sundance Film Festival hit “The Witch.” PHOTO COURTESY CHRISTINA MAFFEO

INTERVIEW: “The Witch” conjures up breakout stars

“The Witch” is an independent film that details the life of a Puritan family in 17th-century New England. After being cast out of the local settlement due to their fundamental religious ideals, the family members seek the isolation of the woods to start their new lives. As strange hauntings begin to occur, the family slips into paranoia when they believe […]

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