| Oct 30, 2011
| 3:24 PM
It's Halloween and time to revisit films that help us stare down our most primal fears. But beware: You'll often see religious themes -- actually, anti-religious ones -- woven deeply into the storylines.
"It’s one of the only genres that gives...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 8:49 AM
"Anonymous" is not shy about naming names. It contends that the 37 plays attributed to William Shakespeare, who died in 1616, actually were written by the Earl of Oxford, who died in 1604.
As this story has it, the barely literate commoner Shakespeare...
| Oct 17, 2009
Is 2012 the end of the world?
If you scan the Internet or believe the marketing campaign behind the movie "2012," scheduled for release in November, you might be forgiven for thinking so. Dozens of books and fake science websites are prophesying the...
| Sep 18, 2009
For the big musical montage number in the wildly enjoyable "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," the filmmakers chose Lesley Gore's giddy "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," but they could just as well have taken a page from "Oliver!" and gone with "Food,...
| Feb 15, 2010
| 12:05 PM
In this interview series, we ask famous free thinkers to recast the Oscars in their own image. Let's give a big Oscar night welcome to Canadian cartoonist, film critic and filmmaker Rick Trembles.
Rick Trembles' illustrated movie review column Motion...
| Dec 18, 2009
A minor ruckus has erupted in Hollywood over the R rating assigned to the Meryl Streep romantic comedy, "It's Complicated," as reported in The Times' Dec. 10 post on the Company Town blog, "It's complicated, but 'It's Complicated' will be released with an...
| Nov 1, 2009
Who will survive 2012? Apparently Sony Pictures -- and quite handsomely too.
The 162-minute disaster epic, which got a love-hate reaction from critics (loved the special effects, hated the script), blew away the competition and took in $65 million in...
| Nov 15, 2009
| 11:53 AM
HOLLYWOOD -- The apocalyptic film "2012" swept the weekend box office and ranked as the weekend's top movie, taking in a whopping $225 million in worldwide receipts.
For comparison, the Michael Jackson concert film "This Is It" has taken in $200...
| Nov 23, 2009
| 5:12 AM
The vampire romance "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" sucked up $140.7 million in its first three days and pulled in a total of $258.8 million worldwide, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The No. 1 domestic debut for Summit Entertainment's "New Moon" was...
| Nov 24, 2009
It's a miracle "The Road" works at all, given the harsh, murmuring severity of its source, the 2006 Cormac McCarthy novel full of minimally punctuated dialogue, taking place in a world ravaged by an event -- human-made? climatological? -- unspecified by...