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  • 'Life of Crime' is true to mayhem and humor of Elmore Leonard

    No one brought more panache to wised-up crime, crime with a wicked sense of humor, than the late Elmore Leonard. As the author of close to 50 novels, Leonard's star has never been brighter, including the publication this week of a collection of four...
  • Late-in-life Errol Flynn leers in 'The Last of Robin Hood'

    Late-in-life Errol Flynn leers in 'The Last of Robin Hood'
    Aging star with sagging ego, pliable young beauty eager to please, obsessive stage mother willing to facilitate — the tale in "The Last of Robin Hood" is as old as Hollywood itself. In Errol Flynn's not-so-grand finale, the spotlight that had...
  • TNT is Summer's Scripted Cable Leader; Net's 'Last Ship,' FX's 'The Strain' Top New Shows

    USA maintained its status as basic cable's top summer network in key demos, but TNT emerged as the clear scripted leader -- getting a boost from hot newcomer "The Last Ship." The Turner net, which aired an unprecedented nine original firstrun dramas at...
  • Interview: 'Birdman' Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on His First Comedy

    Recently taking stock of his career, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu began to wonder if he might have gotten stuck in a creative rut of his own making. "It was like I was on a ladder, and I was getting a little too comfortable," says the 51-year-old...
  • Michael Keaton Bursts Into Oscar Race with 'Birdman'

    Michael Keaton is back, in a big way. With his new film "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" premiering to favorable early buzz at the Venice Film Festival and set to play Telluride this weekend, word is out on the 62-year-old actor's...
  • Horror thriller 'The Damned' an exercise in dumb moves

     Horror thriller 'The Damned' an exercise in dumb moves
    The horror thriller "The Damned" reconfirms one cardinal rule: When the grizzled proprietor of a crumbling inn in the middle of nowhere tells you that the joint is closed, take a hike. Though that may seem like pretty basic advice, it conveniently...
  • 'The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears' is a murky mystery

    'The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears' is a murky mystery
    Writers-directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani first garnered attention in 2010 with "Amer," a film that paid homage to giallo, the Italian horror of the 1960s and '70s. They revisit the subgenre with "The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears," and...
  • 'May in the Summer' an engaging look at a wedding quandary

    'May in the Summer' an engaging look at a wedding quandary
    A diverting slice of romantic confusion and family pressures set in Amman, Jordan, writer-director-star Cherien Dabis' "May in the Summer" tells of a New York-based Palestinian American author (Dabis), whose trip to her childhood home to plan a wedding...
  • 'Kundo: Age of the Rampant' follows band fighting for the weak

    'Kundo: Age of the Rampant' follows band fighting for the weak
    Part political treatise, part spaghetti western, with kicky audio-visual touches that evoke a Sergio Leone-Quentin Tarantino mashup, "Kundo: Age of the Rampant" is an often entertaining if overlong look at the last days of Korea's Joseon Dynasty. Set in...
  • 'The Notebook' is a chilling but reductive World War II tale

    Based on the international bestseller by Agota Kristof, "The Notebook" represented Hungary in the Academy Awards' foreign-language film competition but failed to garner a nomination. Director János Szász opens the film in 1944 amid World War II. As...
  • Richard Griffiths' World War I Drama 'Private Peaceful' Gets U.S. Distribution

    BBC Worldwide North America has acquired all rights in the U.S. and Canada to "Private Peaceful," featuring the final performance by the late Richard Griffiths. The World War I drama, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, is directed by Pat O'Connor ("...