May 22, 2016
COMING THIS WEEK By Steven Rea Alice Through the Looking Glass Lewis Carroll's tale of a girl's tumble down a rabbit hole and the surreal fixes she finds herself in was trippy enough on the printed page, but it got even trippier under Tim Burton's watch, casting Mia Wasikowska as the heroine for his 3-D adaptation of Alice In Wonderland. Judging from the trailer for the sequel (featuring that most-psychedelic of Aquarian Age anthems, "White Rabbit", and directed by British writer James Bobin)
March 29, 2016 |
In all of Hollywood history, there have been 139 comic book adaptations to the silver screen. It only seems as if that many will be released in the next two years. The reason for the surge? Success. Let's start with the enormous success of Deadpool , one of the Top 10 Marvel-based films ever as far as tickets sold, and which is still going strong in theaters. The long-predicted "superhero fatigue" not only hasn't materialized, there's also no sign of it on the horizon.
March 19, 2016 |
It seems a foregone conclusion that Saoirse Ronan will win an Academy Award for acting well before she turns 30. The Bronx-born Irish American was still a teen when she picked up her first nomination, for best supporting actress, for 2007's Atonement . She was nominated again, this time for best actress, for last year's Brooklyn , an intense romantic drama about the immigrant experience from director John Crowley ( Closed Circuit , A Boy...
February 28, 2016 |
Makeup is about creating the illusion of perfection. The right foundation makes skin appear flawless. Concealer camouflages under-eye bags. Dusting charcoal powders on cheeks hollows them out. Brushing a similar deeply hued crushed pigment along the neck thins it out. The trendlet But a few healthy dabs of creamy, shimmery iridescent makeup at the center of the forehead, under the eyes, and along the bridge of the nose and chin brightens up...
February 7, 2016
Loretta Lynn, "Who's Gonna Miss Me?" The latest cut from the 83-year-old honky-tonk angel's album Full Circle (there's also an Elvis Costello collaboration, "Everything It Takes") looks death in the eye the way classic country songs used to do. Out now, album due March 4. "Miles Ahead" trailer. The teaser to the Don Cheadle-starring and -directed biopic on the brilliant, iconoclastic jazz trumpeter Miles Davis hit the Web last week. Whether it turns out to be a great movie or not, the film, which opens in April, clearly is going to have an electric presence at its center in Cheadle.
January 12, 2016
A list of the major winners at the 73d annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Sunday in Beverly Hills: Motion Pictures Drama: The Revenant. Director: Alejandro Inarritu, The Revenant. Musical or Comedy: The Martian. Actor, Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant. Actress, Drama: Brie Larson, Room. Actor, Musical or Comedy: Matt Damon, The Martian. Actress, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy. Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Creed. Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs.
December 27, 2015
Joy. Jennifer Lawrence stars as the real-life Joy Mangano, a Long Island girl from a dysfunctional family who crossed all sorts of hurdles on her way to huge success as a home-shopping entrepreneur. From David O. Russell, Lawrence's Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle director, with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro along for the crazy, carousing ride. PG-13 Carol. An achingly beautiful love story, adapted from an early Patricia Highsmith novel, about a New York City shopgirl (Rooney Mara)
November 24, 2015 |
WHEN IS a $100 million opening weekend a disappointment? When it's for "Mockingjay - Part 2," the final "Hunger Games" film. For most films, $101 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday, would be a coup, but M2 collected the lowest opening take among the four films in the series. The series, starring Jennifer Lawrence , kicked off with a bang in March 2012 with a massive $152.5 million weekend - one of the highest openings of all time. "Catching Fire," the second film in the franchise, one-upped that with a $158.1 million debut in November 2013.
November 20, 2015 |
"Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2," an action movie in the form of a dirge, brings a fitting end to the most downbeat pop franchise in mainstream movie history. Gruesome, pessimistic, angry, violent, subversive and also wildly popular - that would worry me, if I were running for public office. The YA world of Suzanne Collins, after all, operates at a modest remove from what the author sees as a just-around-the-corner reality - a logical continuation of economic decline for the middle and lower classes.
November 20, 2015 |
WITH "THE HUNGER Games: Mockingjay Part 2" tracking for a monster $125 million opening weekend, it is almost a certainty it will - like the previous three entries in the franchise - gross $300 million domestically. That is more proof that the series and character is a phenomenon. To put that in perspective, recent film icons like Spider-Man and Iron Man cannot boast four solo films that crossed that threshold and a recent Forbes poll in September showed Katniss Everdeen's final adventure more anticipated than "Star Wars: The Force Awakens.