January 31, 2016
The Choice New neighbors in a small town fall in love. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. Hail, Caesar! The latest Coen brothers effort has Josh Brolin as a Hollywood fixer who must rescue the star (George Clooney) of his studio's new film. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies An army of the undead adds a new twist to the Jane Austen classic. Reviewed by critics Steven Rea (S.R.), Tirdad Derakhshani (T.D.), Molly Eichel (M.E.), and Gary Thompson (G.T.). W.S. denotes a wire-service review.
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.
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 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.
July 24, 2015 |
"SOUTHPAW" is about a white boxer named Hope, played by Jake Gyllenhaal - you can call him a Great White Hope, or, with his ripped torso, the abdominal snowman. Given the character's loaded name, you keep waiting for race to be an issue in "Southpaw," but it never is - instead, this story of a white champ, his black trainer (Forest Whitaker) and Latino adversary (Victor Ortiz) takes its This Is What America Looks Like in the 21st Century cast and applies them to a screenplay leftover from the 1930s.
July 20, 2015 |
If you thought Jake Gyllenhaal's transformation for last year's Nightcrawler was extreme - losing weight and gaining a creepy intensity to play a feral freelance video cameraman trolling the streets of L.A. - look at the actor in Southpaw . You may not recognize the man. As Billy "The Great" Hope, a pro boxer who grew up in a Hell's Kitchen foster home and now owns the title of light-heavyweight champion of the world, 34-year-old Gyllenhaal...
June 22, 2015 |
HBO continues its ownership of Sunday nights. Game of Thrones has wrapped up a particularly gruesome fifth season, and Veep and Silicon Valley similarly said their goodbyes for the year. So HBO is introducing three shows to Sunday audiences. These shows - True Detective (9 p.m.), Ballers (10 p.m.) and The Brink (10:30 p.m.) - are not all that dissimilar from their Sunday time-slot predecessors. As was the case last week, these shows include an epic drama and two comedies - a political satire and one that looks at the daily grind of a much-publicized world.
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.
September 11, 2012 |
Barbados-born singer Rihanna , smokin' hot from Thursday night's MTV Video Music Awards, brings her "Diamonds World Tour" to the Wells Fargo Center at 7:30 p.m. March 14. Tickets go on sale Saturday, so get 'em or get the heck out!!!! She was last at Wells Fargo in July 2011. Which of her accomplishments shall we list? Her Moonman award for vid of the year at the VMAs? Or "We Found Love," inescapable this summer, 10 weeks at No. 1? The thing she does most is shock. She's got this new tattoo of Isis , purportedly in honor of her grandma, Clara "Dolly" Braithwaite, who departed this vale on July 1. Where is this memorial tat?
September 7, 2012 |
HOW DOES a talented, versatile actor cement his status as an A-list star? The upward trajectory of Bradley Cooper's career offers a few lessons. * Start your movie career with indie credibility: Cooper had a role in 2001's "Wet Hot American Summer," a quirky comedy that's become a cult hit and included future stars Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Elizabeth Banks. * Get a recurring role on a buzzworthy TV series: In the early 2000s, he played Will Tippin, a civilian pal of Jennifer Garner's international spy character on ABC's "Alias," the stylish action drama created by future "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams.