Movies

SAG Awards: Best and worst moments, and who tripped on stage

So, if we go by the theory that the SAG Awards and the Golden Globes predict the Oscars, looks like the Academy Award acting categories are pretty much a lock.


Charlestowne 18 part of 'Predict the Oscars' contest

ST. CHARLES – The Charlestowne 18 Theatre will be part of Classic Cinemas' ...


2015 Oscar nominations show lack of diversity in a year when films didn't

It's altogether fitting that a movie called "Whiplash" was the last one named Thursday when the nominations for best picture were announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Mali's Festival in the Desert captured on film

At a computer in Bamako, Mali, Manny Ansar couldn't help smiling. A reporter had asked by email whether Ansar — the co-founder and director of Mali's Festival in the Desert — had seen "The Last Song Before the War," a documentary about the festival's 2011 edition, directed by Kiley Kraskouskas of Falls Church, Virginia.


Paramount rings in new year with Classic Movie Mondays

AURORA – The Paramount Theatre in Aurora will ring in the new year with a lineup of classic movies to be shown as part of its Classic Movie Mondays film series.


'Mr. Turner': Timothy Spall paints a masterpiece

Timothy Spall grunts, groans, spits and sputters ...


At 87, 'Big Eyes' artist Margaret Keane finally gets her Hollywood break

NAPA, Calif. – Margaret Keane still feels guilty.


'Into the Woods' aims for fairy-tale ending

Is "Into the Woods" a golden Christmas goose? We are about to discover whether toy-crazy, youth-worshipping American filmgoers will in large numbers embrace a movie musical that effectively says to them, Whoa, hold on a minute: all those child-safe fairy tale endings Hollywood's been selling you? Hooey!


Golden Globes help push smaller films into spotlight

There was a time when I would have scoffed at the Golden Globes nominations ...


With 'Selma,' social movement of the past converges with present

Most movies choose their moments. Then there are those rare moments that seem to choose their movies. ...


Steve Carell is overmatched by his role in ‘Foxcatcher’

Watching the overhyped “Foxcatcher,” one envisions the Coen Brothers’ Barton Fink hunched over an Underwood typewriter tapping out a psychotic “wrestling picture.” All that’s missing are the fishmongers – and Wallace Beery.


'Horrible Bosses 2' is a coarse, lazy retread

In "Horrible Bosses 2," Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day once again play three ...


Reese Witherspoon discusses life in the "Wild”

When Reese Witherspoon first set eyes upon and quickly devoured Cheryl Strayed’s ...


‘Hunger Games’ stars discuss ‘Mockingjay’ installment

The folks who star in the ultra-successful series of films based on Suzanne Collins...


'The Theory of Everything': more than Stephen Hawking's story

"The Theory of Everything," a stirring if conveniently cosmeticized portrait of physicist Stephen Hawking...


'National Gallery': An eye on art from the inside

The documentary "National Gallery" opens silently, with a parade ...


‘Interstellar’ is big and small

People who haven’t seen “Interstellar” and are only familiar with its (three radically different) trailers ...


Futuristic ‘Big Hero 6’ kicks into gear

Best. Stan. Lee. Cameo. Ever. ... It’s a Disney film, not a Marvel film.


Star power helps awaken formulaic 'Before I Go to Sleep'

"Before I Go to Sleep" is the cinematic equivalent of comfort food. Unfussy ...


'Laggies': For Keira Knightley, growing up is hard to do

In "Laggies," Keira Knightley plays Megan Burch, a 28-year-old woman ...


'Birdman': Michael Keaton winks as a comeback comes full circle

In "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," Michael Keaton plays an actor named Riggan Thomson, who first appears hovering several inches above his dressing room floor, deep in meditation. He's trying to ignore the voice of the title character, his alter ego, who takes the form of the comic book character he once played and whose superpowers he now seems able to conjure at the drop of a black leather cowl.


'The Irish Pub': Pouring pints as a public service

Of all the compelling reasons to visit an Irish pub, a perfectly pulled pint of Guinness might not necessarily top the list.


Gary Webb was no journalism hero, despite what 'Kill the Messenger' says

An extraordinary claim requires extraordinary proof. That old dictum ought to hang on the walls of every journalism school in America. It is the salient lesson of the Gary Webb affair. It might have saved his journalism career, though it would have precluded his canonization in the new film "Kill the Messenger."


Full of ‘Life’: Animated tale is alive with adventure

“The Book of Life” takes place on the Mexican Day of the Dead ...


‘Gone Girl’ will keep you guessing (if you haven’t read the book)

It used to be simple to write a movie review: Tell a bit of the plot, then say why everything else about the film was good ...


‘Good People’ is cliched, but it works

People never learn, even good ones. They find a satchel stuffed with cash, let greed get the better of them ...


McDonagh, Gleeson discuss ‘Calvary’

When John Michael McDonagh walked onto the set of “Calvary,” the story of a good priest in contemporary Ireland whose life is threatened by an angry parishioner who long ago was a victim of pedophilia, it was only his second time directing a film.


Space adventure ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is coolest summer movie

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” isn’t writer-director James Gunn’s first superhero movie. ...


In ‘Magic,’ Woody Allen’s quirks shine through

Emma Stone and Colin Firth bring an amusing vitality to a movie, especially when they’re engaged in quick-witted sparring. So watching them try to outmaneuver each other in “Magic in the Moonlight” – Woody Allen’s latest period romantic comedy – is delightful.


I love ‘Lucy’

French writer-director producer Luc Besson likes to make movies featuring strong women. ...


‘Planes’ sequel doesn’t quite take off

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” appears to be a cartoon that’s designed for kids, and designed to sell anthropomorphized helicopter toys to kids. To be clear, it is both of those things. But this sequel – which improves slightly on its lazy predecessor, last year’s “Planes” – is also a movie made to appeal to the middle-aged, particularly those who enjoy watching an animated air show set to the sound of AC/DC.


‘Yves Saint Laurent’: A tired portrait of a tortured artist

Yves Saint Laurent, as portrayed in the French biopic bearing his name, comes across as two people. There was Yves before the drugs: Born in Algeria, he was a soft-spoken, painfully shy prodigy who took over the Dior fashion house while he was still in his 20s. And then there was the more uninhibited Yves, a philanderer who snorted cocaine, went out dancing and alienated his closest friends and longtime lover.


‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ tops ‘Rise’

As the end credits for this follow-up to the prequel of “Planet of the Apes” ...


‘They Came Together’: Rom-com is deconstructed

Perhaps all you need to know about “They Came Together” is that the team that wrote and directed “Wet, Hot American...


‘Transformers’ sticks with formula

As I sit down to write this, minutes after arriving home from a preview of “Transformers: Age of Extinction,”...


‘The Grand Seduction’: A cozy tale of a fish out of water

Cozy, picturesque and soothingly reassuring, “The Grand Seduction” plays like a cross between “Doc Martin” ...


Slate makes ‘Obvious Child’ a film to watch

WASHINGTON – The comic onstage is telling a fart joke, which wouldn’t seem to signal the beginning of a groundbreaking movie or a starmaking turn for an actor.


‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’: A 3-D adventure that sure soars

There is an unbearably adorable moment at the start of any 3-D children’s movie when the first frames hit the screen and the little ones in the audience let out a collective “woooooow” as they reach up to touch the images coming at them. This is, for better or worse, the highlight of some 3-D fare. But in “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” that moment is really just an auspicious beginning for a riveting, moving and beautifully animated film.


‘Bicycling With Moliere’: A buddy comedy on its surface

From Laurel and Hardy to Felix Unger and Jack Klugman to the ladies of “The Heat,” the odd couple formula ...


‘Edge of Tomorrow’: Cruising back to save the day

It’s so easy to be glib in dismissing summer blockbusters: They’ve gotten too big, too loud, too dependent on slick computer effects and too dismissive of fusty ideas like narrative and character arc. How depressing the routine has become, watching otherwise gifted stars squander their talents on the altar of the lowest common denominator.


‘Cold in July’: A truth that’s hard to swallow

I approached “Cold in July” with some trepidation, not just because the trailer looked grim ...


‘Godzilla’: The monsters (yes, monsters) are a scream

“Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards’ 2010 theatrical debut, “Monsters,” hardly lived up to its name. ...


‘Belle’: A fractured family drama

Fans of romantic period drama have something to tide them over until the next Jane Austen adaptation.


‘Hateship Loveship’ a startling turn in fresh start

Kristen Wiig has made a career of quiet mortification. Since creating her strange, often quirkily recessive recurring characters on “Saturday Night Live,” then attaining superstar status in the smash raunch-com “Bridesmaids,” Wiig has turned a relatively limited bag of behavioral tics – shy downward glances; whispered line deliveries that trail off into vague nothingness; oblique, off-center staging – into her own highly personal, mousily effective Hollywood juggernaut.


‘Bears’: Survival is the bare necessity

“Bears” is the Disneynature's latest nature doc with a twist. It’s more reality show than peer-reviewed research ...


‘Dom Hemingway’: So handsome, so hapless

The title character of “Dom Hemingway” is a Cockney safecracker, played with gusto by Jude Law. ...


‘Joe’: Deeply moving and different

In a career that has lurched from the heights of “Leaving Las Vegas” and “Adaptation” ...



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