Neill Blomkamp discusses his new film, ‘Chappie’

Before he ever thought of being a movie director, Neill Blomkamp ...


A sextet of stories that make you laugh and cringe in ‘Wild Tales’

It’s all right there in the title of this Oscar-nominated film from Argentina: “Wild Tales.” ...


'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' reconvenes a winning cast

The notorious larcenist known as Maggie Smith continues her diabolical spree of serial scene-stealing in "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," a strident, over-plotty sequel to the 2012 surprise hit about a group of aging British ex-pats who move into a charming Jaipur inn to reinvent their golden years.


'Girlhood': a teenage escape from a seemingly hopeless future

It was only a matter of time before "Boyhood," ...


Bruce Wagner's 'Maps to the Stars' shows dark side of sunny Hollywood

LOS ANGELES – Sunshine is everywhere on a recent afternoon in West Hollywood. The 180-degree view from the penthouse of the Soho House lays out the city below as its mythic ideal. "Lead guitars and movie stars," as Mick Jagger once sang.


Oscars: 'Birdman' swoops to conquer for small films

The conventional wisdom going into the 87th Academy Awards ..


New ‘SpongeBob’ movie mops up with surrealistic goofiness

“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is out of its mind, and that’s a good thing.


Well-placed shades of gray in ‘Black or White’

This second teaming of writer-director Mike Binder and star Kevin Costner ...


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 ...