July 2, 2016 |
I wonder whether it's possible to make a bad John le Carré movie: Every one of the 15 films and miniseries based on his espionage thrillers is well worth watching. There are the masterpieces, including Martin Ritt's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and the BBC's 1979 miniseries, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy . But even the weakest films - the 1984 terrorism romance The Little Drummer Girl and the 1990 Cold War love story The Russia House - still outstrip most spy movies.
April 24, 2016 |
Embrace of the Serpent Ciro Guerra's profoundly beautiful black-and-white film, set in the forests of Colombia, follows two explorers from the West - German ethnographer Theodor Koch-Grunberg in 1909 and American biologist Richard Evans Schultes in 1940 - as each encounters a shaman, the last of his tribe, in the quest for a rare plant. One of this year's Academy Award nominees for best foreign-language film. No MPAA rating Miles Ahead Don Cheadle stars in, and directs, this impressionistic take on Miles Davis, zooming in on the years in the latter half of the '70s when the jazz trumpeter and composer went AWOL, ceasing to tour and pretty much stopping recording, too. Ewan McGregor is the hustling journalist determined to find out what's up. The movie tries hard to jettison the usual music biopic cliches and doesn't entirely succeed, but Cheadle is mesmerizing.
April 16, 2016 |
Directed by Don Cheadle. With Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, and Emayatzy Corinealdi. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. Running time: 1 hour, 40 mins. Parent's guide: R (profanity, violence, sex, nudity, adult themes). Playing at: Ritz Five.
December 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Julia Roberts has a line in August: Osage County , the all-star adaptation of the Tracy Letts ' Pulitzer Prize winner, that sums up the cheery worldview on display in this dysfunctional family free-for-all. "Thank God we can't tell the future," Roberts' character, the oldest and seemingly most together of the three Weston sisters, sighs. "We'd never get out of bed. " "That was really the one line of mine that just knocks you out," Roberts says. "Because it's so true, and it's so heartbreaking.
March 1, 2013 |
FEE FIE HO-HUM, you smell another medieval Game of Clones - an over-inflated fairy tale along the lines of "Snow White and the Huntsman" or "Red Riding Hood. " The new one is called "Jack the Giant Slayer," a 3-D spectacle almost as massively budgeted as "The Hobbit," and directed by Bryan Singer ("Superman," "X-Men") - credentials that establish expectations of another pointlessly supersize bedtime story. And the movie does suffer a bit from giganticism. But, in "Jack's" defense, it's about giants.
December 21, 2012 |
'Fear takes us to so many different places," Naomi Watts says. "You can't really judge. One person's suffering is going to manifest itself differently than another's. " The Australian actress is mulling how different people react in the face of catastrophe. Some summon up untapped courage, generosity, selflessness. And then there's the guy in The Impossible , the film Watts stars in with Ewan McGregor - based on the real-life ordeal of a family that is literally swept away in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami - who won't lend out his cellphone.
May 4, 2012 |
The new DVD releases this week are mid-range in quality. New Year's Eve, Grade C: Veteran director Garry Marshall has dusted off the bland formula he used in Valentine's Day - multiple story lines played out by a gaggle of big stars - to make New Year's Eve. It's a different day, but Marshall makes the same mistakes. The film plods along because of lackluster directing, a banal script, and wooden acting. It's not only Katherine Fugate's uninspired script that makes this such a bland offering.
April 23, 2012 |
Bee Gees brother Robin Gibb has shaken off his night fever and is stayin' alive. According to the BBC, Gibb's doctor at the London Clinic, Dr. Andrew Thillainayagam, said the longtime pop star was conscious, lucid and talking with his loved ones. Gibb, who is amazingly only 62 considering the Bee Gees had hits in the 1960s, had been in a coma for 12 days. Dr. T. said that Gibb was tired but that "it is testament to [his] extraordinary courage, iron will and deep reserves of physical strength that he has overcome quite incredible odds to get where he is now. " Gibb had been battling colon and liver cancer, which was thought to be in remission, when he got pneumonia because of his weakened immune system.
March 19, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Ewan McGregor; David Mizejewski; comic Dana Gould. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Michelle Obama; Esperanza Spalding performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Jamie Lee Curtis; Armie Hammer; Robert Glasper Experiment. Jimmy Kimmel Live (midnight, 6ABC) - Jessica Simpson; Gael Garcia Bernal.