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'Annihilation,' 'The Post' and other movie picks for Feb. 23

<i>Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang.</i><p><b>Annihilation</b> Natalie Portman plays a biologist who joins an all-female expedition into the heart of an environmental disaster zone in this eerily beautiful and hypnotically unsettling mind-bender from "Ex Machina" writer-director …

Justin Chang

13 Movies to Watch After ANNIHILATION

Alex Garland‘s <i>Annihilation</i> is truly singular; a skewered mind-warp that blends hard sci-fi with themes of loneliness, mental instability, and …

Terrence Malick

6 Netflix Films Millennials Should Be Bingeing On

Millennials saw the phrase “Netflix and chill” raise to popularity, for good reason. According to DMR, 79% of American millennials use Netflix, making it a desirable platform to capture this generation’s attention.<p>Beyond that, millennials themselves are finding value in Netflix, whether it’s to …

Demographics

20 Useful Effective Exercises for Full Bodybuilding and Weight Loss 2017

For anyone who is looking to pack on some serious mass, one of their top priorities will be to determine what the best training method is. Here are …

Bodybuilding

5 new books not to miss this week, including self-help by Maria Shriver

­<p>USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.<p><b>1. I’ve Been Thinking …: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life</b> by Maria Shriver (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, non-fiction, on sale Feb. 27)<p><b>What it’s about:</b> The TV journalist offers quotes, prayers and …

Books

13 Oscar best-picture nominees that critics loved but audiences didn't think were anything special

Critics and audiences don't always see eye-to-eye, and the Oscars put it into focus.<p>At the Academy Awards, some best-picture nominees are ones that audiences enjoyed more than critics — like "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," which has a 46% critics score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes …

Terrence Malick

8 gripping British detective shows to watch on Netflix

Nobody does detective shows quite like the Brits.<p>Sure, America has Colombo, Castle and all those tenacious CSI sleuths, but they’re no match for …

Mark Gatiss

30 Movies from the Past 10 Years Everyone Should Watch at Least Once

Movie night, here we come.<p>If you’re looking for great movies, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of fantastic films from the past ten …

Viola Davis

Inside the Most Weird-as-Hell Movie of the Year (So Far)

‘November,’ an Estonian fairy tale directed by Rainer Sarnet, is a stunningly bizarre film packed with ghosts, witches, werewolves, stigmata, the …

Coupled

The 10 Best Films of the 2018 Berlin Film Festival

Critics Guy Lodge, Jay Weissberg and Jessica Kiang selected some of their favorite films of the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, including titles from Wes …

John McEnroe

10 Hot New Books for Your 2018 #TBR Pile

With new books being released every day, finding your next read can sometimes be overwhelming. Whether you’re a fan of dystopian fiction, captivating memoirs, or uncommon love stories, there’s an exciting read for every book lovers for 2018. If you’re looking to stock your #TBR pile with new …

Books

The Only Dumbbell Exercises You’ll Ever Need

There are hundreds of ways you can use weights to ramp up your workouts. But many basic moves target just one group of muscles, such as the biceps or …

Exercise

Berlinale 2018 Awards: ‘Touch Me Not’ Wins Golden Bear as Wes Anderson Is Named Best Director for ‘Isle of Dogs’

Adina Pintilie's controversial film also won Best First Feature.<p>The Berlin Film Festival has come to a close, and Adina Pintilie’s has emerged with …

Wes Anderson

Ranking The Best New Shows On Netflix You Can Stream Right Now

For the weekend of Feb. 24, Streamline recommends “Seven Seconds” in the top Netflix spot for the first time.<p><b>What’s New This Week</b><p>“Seven Seconds” joins the list.<p>The show is a crime thriller that involves a high-profile court case. It’s bleak and plodding, which makes sense as it comes from creator …

Netflix Original

Ranking The Best New Shows You Can Stream Online Right Now

You’ve got free time to kill, and you want to spend these rare moments with a TV show. But you have a ton of options on a handful of streaming platforms. In an era when keeping up with contemporary TV is beginning to feel more and more like homework, it’s about time there was a cheat …

TV

Netflix has 54 original TV shows and movies debuting in March – here’s the full list

Netflix subscribers get their money’s worth each and every month, but March is going to be a particularly good month for customers of the world’s top …

Netflix Original

9 books that American presidents think everyone should read

For many former presidents, literature has played a huge role in shaping their worldview, and how they approach decision-making.<p>The elder George Bush said he learned everything about life from reading Leo Tolstoy's multi-generational epic 'War and Peace.' Ronald Reagan used to read Tom Clancy …

Books

Books: David Mamet pens a gangster novel, 'Myra Breckinridge' turns 50 and more in books

Hi, I'm books editor Carolyn Kellogg, and this is what's going on in books this week.<p><b>THE BIG STORY</b><p>Known for his work as a playwright, <b>David Mamet</b> turns this time to fiction with his new novel, <b>"Chicago."</b> It's a classic gangster tale set in that city in the 1920s: there are hard-drinking newspapermen, …

Books

16 Best Products on Amazon for Clean Freaks

There’s no shame in being a “Monica” (the beloved character from <i>Friends</i> who loved cooking, competition, and always, <i>always</i> keeping her home sparkling clean). Sure, you may be an obsessive “clean freak,” but you probably know you also are less susceptible to getting colds and generally finding gross …

Shopping

15 amazing Netflix hacks that WILL change your life

Netflix is already hugely popular thanks to the range of TV series and films it has to offer, but even its biggest fans may not be aware of these …

Televisions

These 50 Products On Amazon Under $25 Are Practical As Hell

Adulthood doesn't happen so much as it creeps up on you in tiny little bursts. For me, one of the biggest signs that I've gone from faking it to …

Shopping

31 Home Improvements That Will Double the Value of Your Home

Additional bathroomThis may be the best home improvement you can make. After all, can we ever have enough bathrooms? According to Steve Frellick, …

Home Improvement

Norse Mythology

<b>Why we love this book:</b><p>I wish I could send this book back in time to my 12-year-old, mythology-obsessed self (to be fair, present-day me loved it …

Neil Gaiman

24 books for white people to read beyond Black History Month

These great reads will help any reader discover the rich range of the African-American experience<p>For many years I was a clueless white guy. I …

Black History

12 Movies Coming Out In March 2018 That'll Make You Want To Lease Out A Theater

Because going to the movies is self-care.

Construction

The 10 Steamiest Netflix Originals

The ultimate 'Netflix & Chill' collection!<p>Photo: NETFLIX ; Illustration: Dillen Phelps<p><i>Orange is the New Black</i> <br>Piper and Alex, Stella and Piper, …

Streaming

‘Annihilation’: Why You Need to Read the ‘Southern Reach’ Trilogy

'Annihilation' is a good film, but it just scratches the surface of what this world has to offer.<p>Filed Under Books, Horror & Inverse Loot<p>The release …

Jeff VanderMeer

Netflix And Sizzle: The 10 Steamiest Netflix Originals

The ultimate 'Netflix & Chill' collection!<p>Photo: NETFLIX ; Illustration: Dillen Phelps<p><i>Orange is the New Black</i> <br>Piper and Alex, Stella and Piper, …

Streaming

15 Major Award-Winning Novels You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

O fame, fame, thou glittering bauble. In searching for thee, what fame have I not lost? Yes, even literary fame, the mildest of the family, can be …

Literature

Which of These New TV Dramas Should You Binge?

It’s the winter doldrums and you’re wondering what everyone is wondering: What show should I watch next? How about an hour-long drama to match the moodiness of the season? Here are three new ones airing on cable and streaming services over the next few days—thoughtful, political, humane shows that …

TV