Author: BRIAN LOWRY, CNN

'The Mandalorian' blasts 'Star Wars' into the streaming frontier

"The Mandalorian" arrives with a lot of weight on its armored shoulders, not only representing the first live-action "Star Wars" series but easily providing the biggest original draw to help launch Disney+. Happily, the show's brisk, handsomely produced 39-minute premiere is a great deal of fun, giving fans reason to have a good feeling about this.

'The Current War' casts dim light on birth of electricity

"The Current War" is a fascinating story, badly told. A casualty of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that has languished on the shelf for two years, this historical saga about the birth of electricity -- and the battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse -- isn't nearly as illuminating as it should be, despite a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch a

Renee Zellweger wows as Judy Garland in 'Judy'

The appeal of "Judy" is as simple as its title -- watching Renee Zellweger inhabit the role of Judy Garland near the end of her life in boozy, jittery, soaring fashion. There are virtually no surprises in this dutiful biography, which could easily be a sort of gender-switch "A Star is Born," only with Garland portraying the aging superstar.