Column | May 29, 2014 | 1:08 PM
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Story | May 28, 2014 | 2:30 AMNow almost midway through the year, 2014 seems unlikely to produce many more visually arresting, brilliantly designed, stoned-college-kid-friendly pieces of eye candy than Disney's "Maleficent." As for its revisionist take on the travails of the iconic "Sleeping Beauty" villainess, however, it falls far short of something an imaginative fan-fiction scribe, let alone obvious role models John Gardner or Gregory Maguire, might have crafted from the material. Uncertain of tone, and bearing visible scarring from what one imagines were multiple rewrites, the film fails to probe the psychology of its subject or set up a satisfying alternate history, but it sure is nice to look at for 97 minutes. Boasting an impressive and impeccably costumed Angelina Jolie in the title role, it ought to prove a solid global moneymaker and merchandise-minter for the Mouse House.
Column | May 29, 2014 | 4:35 PM
Story | May 15, 2014 | 4:30 PM
On Wednesday night, the ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was filled with so many talented heavyweights and the power players behind them that Doreen Ringer-Ross, mistress of ceremonies at the BMI Film/TV Music Awards, referred to the assembled as "a...
Story | Jun 18, 2014 | 2:30 PM
Watching an estimable quintet of character actors do their thing is the chief pleasure of "Cut Bank," a largely routine thriller dressed up as a quirky small-town morality play. The feature helming debut of Matt Shakman, a former child actor turned...