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 28, 2015 |
"On Movies" by Steven Rea does not appear this week.
June 1, 2015
Bunny Lake is Missing Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, 2 p.m. Sunday Otto Preminger's 1965 psychological mystery, shot in widescreen black-and-white, stars Carol Lynley as a woman who reports her 5-year-old missing from a London nursery school. Laurence Olivier is the police inspector on the case and the Zombies are on TV (singing "Just Out of Reach") in this cool, ahead-of-its-time thriller. Also in the cast: Keir Dullea and Noel Coward. Info for this and other film and live events at the Colonial: www.TheColonialTheatre.com Flicker: Your Brain on Movies Jeffrey M. Zacks , Oxford University Press, 360 pp, $26.95 Zacks, a psychology professor at Washington University in St. Louis, starts his perceptive, passionate examination of how we watch movies with a gem of a Martin Scorsese quote: "Whenever I hear people dismiss movies as 'fantasy' and make a hard distinction between film and life, I think to myself that it's just a way of avoiding the power of cinema.
May 18, 2015 |
If legendary snoozer Rip Van Winkle went to sleep in the spring of 1982 and woke up today, his beard might have stretched a hundred nasty, matted yards, but he'd probably think he had taken only a power nap: Mad Max is going post-apocalyptic in movie theaters. Poltergeist is poised to scare up business at the box office. And Jerry Brown is governor of California. OK, the new Mad Max is called Fury Road , not Road Warrior , and Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star, not Mel Gibson.
May 4, 2015 |
'We knew we were walking a fine line," says Kristen Wiig about the balancing act that she, director Shira Piven, and screenwriter Eliot Laurence had to pull off in Welcome to Me. "There are these very dark moments and these funny ones - and we wanted the dark ones to seem real and we wanted people to laugh at the funny ones. And it's nerve-racking when you're shooting it, because you never know what you're getting. " Wiig can relax. What she, Piven, and Laurence got is at once brilliantly comic and more than a little disturbing - exactly what they were going for. In Welcome to Me , Wiig is Alice Klieg, a woman with borderline personality disorder who wins the Mega-Millions lottery and decides to use her windfall to bankroll a TV talk show - with her as the star.
February 23, 2014
A story Friday incorrectly reported when Dechert L.L.P. opened its first foreign office. It opened an office in Brussels, Belgium, in 1968. The ratings box was inadvertently omitted from the review of Omar in the Weekend section Friday. Critic Steven Rea rates it ***.
November 18, 2013 |
'I just wanted to get full ownership of my man, Ron, and see him from the inside out," says Matthew McConaughey , speaking of Ron Woodroof , the real-life figure he plays in Dallas Buyers Club . A cowboy, a cutup, a cokehead, a womanizer, Woodroof worked as an electrician, partying furiously, hanging with the rodeo crowd, a guy "without a purpose," McConaughey says. And then Woodroof is told he has HIV, and has, at most, 30 days to live. "Frankly, we're surprised you're even alive," the doctors in the hospital say. For McConaughey, understanding who Woodroof was became an obsession.
July 28, 2013
Coming This Week By Steven Rea The Smurfs 2 (Opens Wednesday) A sequel in which the blue-skinned Belgian diva Smurfette is kidnapped and taken to Paris. The middle installment in a threatened trilogy, the live action/computer- animated mix boasts (if that's the right word) the flesh-and-blood performances of Brendan Gleeson and Neil Patrick Harris. PG 2 Guns Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, undercover cops working for rival agencies, are forced to team up and trade quips, because that's what you do in a buddy cop movie.