By Mick LaSalle, Staff Writer Published 6:00 am CST, Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Like Ruth Bader Ginsburg herself, the movie about her life, “On the Basis of Sex,” sneaks up slowly, growing steadily in estimation, until a point is reached, not at the end but well into the proceedings, that it’s all downright inspiring. Here’s the story of a woman who not only shaped the journey of women in the second half of the 20th century, but whose life embodied that journey. That life translates well into the movie medium, in that Ginsburg’s story from her days at Harvard Law School through her appointment to the Supreme Court has the built-in narrative structure of a dramatic film. As in a rags-to-riches tale, Ginsburg starts off underestimated. She’s quiet, she’s little, and she’s female, and few will recognize her brilliance. She’s constantly blocked and put down and experiences doubts and disappointment, but she eventually … [Read more...] about ‘On the Basis of Sex’ does justice to Ginsburg
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Over the weekend, someone I kind of know posted something from someone I don’t know at all on Facebook. “Wow,” it read. “I can’t believe this is why Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson split up.” It included a picture of the couple as well as a link—to the registration form on Vote.org. I shared it. It quickly became one of my most popular posts. The post didn't originate with Grande, but it could have. Grande, along with uncountable scores of celebrities, brands, and apps, were working overtime to encourage people to vote, or at least insert themselves in the political conversation on Tuesday as people in the US headed to the polls. Google, of course, got in on the action, turning the day’s doodle into a “Go Vote” message rendered in the company’s signature colors and font. So, naturally, did Facebook, posting “It’s Election Day!” messages and giving users the ability to share that they voted. If the 2016 … [Read more...] about Every Celeb and Brand That Told Me to Vote in the Midterms, Ranked
source Marvel’s Spider Man Sony has done it again. After delivering on several exclusive PlayStation 4 hits over the past few years, including “Horizon Zero Dawn” and this year’s “God of War,” the studio’s collaboration with Insomniac Games has yielded yet another must-have game for any PlayStation 4 owner. I’d argue “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” which arrives this Friday, is also a great reason to own a PlayStation 4 in the first place, if you don’t have one already. After playing “Spider-Man” for about a week now – Sony PlayStation was kind enough to provide a review copy – I’ve really begun to appreciate several aspects of the game that will make playing other video games without these features very difficult. Here are 5 ways the new Spider-Man game for PlayStation 4 raises the bar for all other video games (don’t worry – no spoilers here): 1. Traversal feels … [Read more...] about 5 ways the new Spider-Man game raises the bar for all other video games
caption “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” source Disney “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is a fun action movie that will put you in a pretty good mood coming out of the movie theater. It does reference what happens at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” but that’s all you’re getting out of us. If you’re still trying to get over the shocking ending to “Avengers: Infinity War” then “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (in theaters July 6) is a welcome sight. Like the first movie, director Peyton Reed (“Bring It On”) mixes action and laughs to deliver one of the most enjoyable moviegoing experiences you’ll have this summer. It’s been three years since “Ant-Man” came into theaters and proved that the MCU could even make the likes of Paul Rudd an international box-office draw. The origin story of burglar Scott Lang’s (Rudd) transformation … [Read more...] about ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is the perfect summer movie
This is part of CNET's series, "Rebooting the Reef," on efforts to save one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Scientists know why the Great Barrier Reef is dying, but they don't know how to stop it. That's why they're replicating nature. Building an artificial reef, they hope, might help save the real one. Ocean warming and extreme weather are devastating the Great Barrier Reef. In 2016 alone, 29 percent of shallow-water coral was lost. Parts of the reef have been razed by cyclones or eaten alive by crown-of-thorns starfish. Worst of all, they have been decimated by back-to-back bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, when mile after mile of corals expelled the algae that live within them and that keep them alive. There's still time to save the Great Barrier Reef from dying Mapping the Great Barrier Reef with cameras, drones and NASA tech But just 30 miles west of the centre of the reef, at the Australian Institute of … [Read more...] about Can a man-made Great Barrier Reef help save the real one?