November 13, 2015 |
WHEN THE reporters in the phenomenal newspaper movie "Spotlight" go digging for their story, they start in the basement of their own building. In the old days, when dinosaur media roamed the Earth, every big-city newspaper had a substantial library, and in that library was a cavernous file room full of print clippings - hard copies of articles often going back a century or more. These clippings comprised a unique version of the city's history - unscanned, beyond the reach of search algorithms.
November 15, 2015 |
Spotlight Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, and Liev Schrieber lead an ace ensemble cast in this compelling account of the Boston Globe's 2002 investigative series on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. A complex procedural drama, told with clarity and mounting suspense. One of the great movies about journalism, and one of the great movies of our time, period. R Heart of a Dog Laurie Anderson's part-doc/part-memoir/ part-meditation is a dreamy thing in which the dauntingly multidisciplined artist celebrates the life of her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle, mourning her death and honoring it, too. Other deaths - the tragedy of 9/11, the passing of her husband, Lou Reed - haunt the film, but also fill it with inspiration.
February 10, 2012
Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actor David Spade; Betty Wright performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Rachel McAdams; Cee Lo Green performs with Vicci Martinez. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Chelsea Handler; biologist Dan Riskin. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m., NBC10)- Dwayne Johnson; singer Katharine McPhee; comic Neal Brennan
June 4, 2011
Cave of Forgotten Dreams Werner Herzog's privileged look at the Chauvet Caves in France's Dordogne region meditates on the Paleolithic artists whose paintings of horses and lions were executed 32,000 years ago. No MPAA rating. Midnight in Paris What's Owen Wilson doing in a Woody Allen movie about a time-traveling tourist to the Jazz Age? Making light and making us laugh in this wistful charmer costarring Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams. PG-13 X-Men: First Class This "pre-boot" of the popular saga about mutants with superpowers has an Austin Powers-y love for the 1960s and committed performances by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.
December 13, 2002 |
The Hot Chick stars Rob Schneider as a deadbeat dude transformed into an 18-year-old girl who, unfortunately, still looks like Rob Schneider. Twinning the body-switching genre (Vice Versa, Like Father, Like Son) with the gender-switching genre (Mrs. Doubtfire, Some Like It Hot - they wish!), this unabashedly stupid comedy is, well, unabashedly stupid. Thanks to a curse - lamely established in a prologue set in Abyssinia, circa 50 B.C. - Schneider's sleazebucket Clive gets magically transgenderfied into a high school hottie named Jessica.
November 9, 2015 |
'My persona has been hijacked," Boston Globe editor Walter "Robby" Robinson declared last year, writing about what it felt like to witness a certain Hollywood star assume his identity, his mannerisms, his walk, his talk. "If Michael Keaton robbed a bank, the police would quickly have me in handcuffs," he added. Keaton, on the phone last week and reminded of Robinson's remarks, laughed. "Robby was so easy to play, in a way," said the actor, part of an ace ensemble - Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Liev Schreiber - who wear the ID cards of real-life Globe reporters and editors in Tom McCarthy's thrilling journalism drama, Spotlight . Robinson, whom Keaton plays with the perfect calibration of accent and comportment, was the editor of the paper's Spotlight unit, a small troop of reporters allowed to dig deep and go long on big stories.
June 19, 2015 |
* TRUE DETECTIVE. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. * THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB. 8 tonight, 6ABC. * CATASTROPHE. Amazon Prime Video, tomorrow. * MASTERPIECE: POLDARK. 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. * THE CRIMSON FIELD. 10 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. * BALLERS and THE BRINK. 10 and 10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO. WHAT IF we don't overthink "True Detective" this season? Not only because creator Nic Pizzolatto's already done that for us, but because overthinking feels like the wrong approach to something whose roots are in pulp fiction.
June 25, 2004 |
The Notebook is about the sunrise and sunset - but not the intervening day - of what aspires to be the epic romantic drama of a rich girl beloved by a poor boy, kind of a Carolina Wuthering Heights. The source material is a novel by Nicholas Sparks, whom I have never read but whom I imagine, having seen films based on his novels Message in a Bottle and A Walk on the Moon, is kind of a Carolina Robert James Waller. Sparks' tearjerkers are dedicated to the proposition that perfect love transcends all obstacles, including death and dementia.