HBO can thank "Game of Thrones" for a lot of things. But high associated with the show's massive popularity has been balanced this summer by the headaches associated with "Confederate," a new series being developed under the aegis of its producers.
Jerry Lewis was indisputably an entertainment legend and comedy giant, yet also a complex and polarizing figure -- one whose often-contradictory career went through various stages, and whose appreciation waxed and waned across the times and even geographic locales.
The oddly punctuated title has multiple meanings in "Whitney. Can I Be Me," a documentary about the late singing star Whitney Houston, a woman torn among various factions and constituencies in a charmed, tormented and too-brief life.
A star-studded caper from "Ocean's Eleven" director Steven Soderbergh, "Logan Lucky's" business model is at least as interesting as the film itself, designed to bypass the major studios. The result is a breezy, slight, Southern-flavored movie where the cast appears to be having enough fun to prove mildly infectious.
"The Hitman's Bodyguard" unleashes a double-barreled shot of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson and still winds up mostly firing blanks. A bloody buddy movie, the action-comedy puts its stars' appeal to the test, as they bicker and blast their way through Europe in roughly that order.
The product of meticulous planning, "Marvel's The Defenders" starts slowly but rewards patience, gradually uniting its "street level" heroes against a somewhat amorphous but bigger-than-any-one-can-handle threat. Cast as the anti-Avengers, this latest Netflix show underscores Marvel's ambitions and ability to wring value out of characters that aren't exactly household names.