| 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,...
| 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...
| Feb 26, 2009
"Sherlock Holmes" won't go up against the end of the world.
The re-imagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective has moved its release date from Nov. 19, where it would have faced off against "2012," to Dec. 25, Variety says. The movie follows...
| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 11, 2010
| 11:33 AM
"It's not a comedy about cancer, it's a comedy about a woman who has cancer. And there is a difference."
Laura Linney is quick to make that distinction in discussing "The Big C," which marks the three-time Emmy winner's debut as a weekly series star....
| 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...
| Feb 24, 2010
| 9:08 AM
Director and co-writer Roland Emmerich, who amped up global warming to threaten Earth in "The Day After Tomorrow," calls upon an ancient prophecy to lay waste to much of the planet in this visually spectacular thriller. John Cusack enters the disaster-...
| Nov 12, 2009
The world isn't going to end in 2012. But you wouldn't know it to look at the movie 2012, or online, where doom and "end times" theories roam free. But the people who know Mayan culture and the infamous "Maya Long Count" calendar that started all this...
| 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...