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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
January 6, 2006 |
It's a good thing the Wedding Crashers DVD wasn't planned for a spring release. Imagine a couple of blokes traveling around to weddings, hoping to score by employing the same comical set of rules used by Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in this film. No wedding would be safe. These are slow days for matrimonial ceremonies, however, so it's pretty safe to set loose this hilarious film now. New Line Home Entertainment released two versions of the film on DVD, the R-rated theatrical release and the Uncorked version, which contains a couple of featurettes and eight extra minutes of footage.