Truly best films don’t always win

LOS ANGELES – Ahead of Sunday’s 88th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony that has everyone guessing:

  • Awards hooked on ‘Oscar bait’

    NEW YORK – In the Coen brothers’ recent 1950s Hollywood satire, “Hail, Caesar!” Ralph Fiennes’ ascot-wearing British director Laurence Laurentz is helming a stuffy drawing room drama full of tuxedoed men and ballroom-gowned women.

  • Many Oscar-nominated flicks still aren’t streaming

    NEW YORK – The good news for those trying to catch up on Oscar-nominated flicks: A little more than half are available for streaming online.

  • College tensions play out in TV drama

    LOS ANGELES – A white college student goes out to party costumed as black rapper Lil Wayne, angering black students, who see it as evidence of insidious campus racism.

  • Indie games ‘Firewatch,’ ‘Unravel’ fall short

    What makes a game a game? That question has arisen around some of the most popular independent video games of the last few years – titles such as “Gone Home,” ‘’Her Story” and “That Dragon, Cancer” that steer away from traditional video-game mechanics in favor of narrative and character development.

  • Talented field makes it tough to make Grammy picks

    NEW YORK – Kendrick Lamar has a chance to become the first rapper to win album of the year since Outkast took the prize in 2004 for “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.

Every panda was kung fu fighting

Rotund actor Jack Black is shaped like a giant panda bear.

Indie games ‘Firewatch,’ ‘Unravel’ fall short

What makes a game a game? That question has arisen around some of the most popular independent video games of the last few years – titles such as “Gone Home,” ‘’Her Story” and “That Dragon, Cancer” that steer away from traditional video-game mechanics in favor of narrative and character development.

  • Earthlings try to get the bugs out in ‘XCOM 2’

    When the aliens come – and they will – don’t expect the government to save humanity.

  • Clever puzzles lead ‘The Witness’

    Independent video-game designers have hit upon a fascinating way to create buzz: Don’t give players all the answers.

  • ‘Paper Jam’ hits some flat notes

    Role-playing games like “Fallout 4” and “The Witcher 3” are beloved for their complexity, ambition and overwhelming variety of things to do.

  • ‘Division’ takes on interactive terror

    LOS ANGELES – At the beginning of “Tom Clancy’s The Division,” players portraying top-secret operatives are dropped from a helicopter into a version of New York City that’s been crippled by a terrorist attack.

  • Year will have much to offer gamers

    LOS ANGELES – If the video games set to be unleashed this year are any indication, this will be a year of interactive exploration.