Wallace and Gromit creator goes prehistoric with ‘Early Man’

This Feb. 8, 2018 photo shows a puppet character named Dug, voiced by actor Eddie Redmayne, from the stop-motion animated film "Early Man," in front of a box of interchangeable mouth expressions at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The film opens nationwide on Friday, Feb. 16. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES — The kooky caveman characters that come to life in “Early Man ” have been kicking around in Nick Park’s imagination for decades.

Make a scene at these places from your favorite films

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2016, file photo, Alex Carrillo Quito of Ecuador imitates the character Rocky Balboa from the 1976 movie "Rocky," on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Winter had trespassed into spring the day I visited Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria, where Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp children sang and danced their way through “Do-Re-Mi.” Snowflakes stuck to my nose and eyelashes and also found their icy way down my neck.

A harrowing tragedy in Russia’s Oscar nom ‘Loveless’

This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Matvey Novikov in a scene from "Loveless." (Sony Pictures Classics via AP)

Russia’s foreign language Oscar nominee “Loveless ” is a beautifully shot and elegantly constructed film about an already broken family in a moment of crisis and tragedy. It’s also one that is so bleak and unpleasant to sit through, and sit with afterward, that I could honestly only recommend “Loveless” with extreme caution, if at all.

With new trailer, ‘Solo’ hopes to outrun production troubles

This image released by Disney shows a scene from "Solo: A Star Wars Story," starring Woody Harrelson as Beckett, left, and Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo. The film opens in the U.S. on May 25. (Lucasfilm Ltd./Disney via AP)

NEW YORK — The first trailer of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” has finally arrived, offering the first glimpse of the much-anticipated spinoff plagued by production troubles.

Earnest ‘Peter Rabbit’ sure to delight young fans

This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Rose Byrne with characters, from left, Mopsy, voiced by Elizabeth Debicki, Flopsy, voiced by Margot Robbie, Benjamin, voiced by Colin Moody, Peter Rabbit, voiced by James Corden and Cottontail, voiced by Daisy Ridley in a scene from "Peter Rabbit." (Columbia Pictures/Sony via AP)

With warm nostalgia for Beatrix Potter’s classic children’s tale, “Peter Rabbit ” director, producer and co-writer Will Gluck channels the author’s earnestness into a sweet film sure to delight young fans.

Eastwood’s ‘15:17’ recreates a thwarted attack

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Spencer Stone, from left, Anthony Sadler and Alex Skarlatos in a scene from "The 15:17" To Paris." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

In his latest film, “The 15:17 to Paris,” Clint Eastwood has taken his famously no-frills filmmaking further than ever before. Having already dispensed with many of the typical accoutrements of Hollywood filmmaking — lengthy development, a battery of takes, any handwringing at all — he has, with characteristically little anguish, jettisoned actors from the picture, too. Who needs ‘em, anyway?

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