| Nov 21, 2013
| 12:05 AM
Anyone who felt that the workmanlike adaptation of the first "Hunger Games" missed the bull's-eye, take heart. "Catching Fire" is the new "The Empire Strikes Back," a smashing sci-fi sequel that takes its blockbuster franchise into deeper, smarter, more...
| Nov 19, 2013
The year's surprise megahit movie is Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Warning: I'm about to spoil the plot. Stop reading if you want to see the movie with fresh eyes.
While orbiting Earth in a space shuttle, Bullock and Clooney...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 4:50 PM
This week's comprehensive study of how violent PG-13 films have become -- gunplay has tripled in such films in the last 30 years, and PG-13 movies are now more violent than R-rated releases -- did not single out specific films.
But in reviewing the...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 12:05 AM
Here's what Shia LaBeouf has been up to since finishing his turn in the "Transformers" franchise:
He made "The Company You Keep," a modestly-budgeted high-minded thriller with Robert Redford.
There was "Lawless," the Prohibition Era moonshining action...
| Nov 13, 2013
When director Alex Gibney was making an uplifting movie about Lance Armstrong’s 2009 comeback—before the confirmation of rumors about the champion cyclist’s doping and before Gibney remade the film into “The Armstrong Lie,”...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 6:31 PM
The "Bill & Ted's"-style flop-mop that martial artist Tiger Chen sports in "Man of Tai Chi" isn't the only reminder of Keanu Reeves in this directorial debut from the "Matrix" star. There's Reeves himself, using his lower surfer-register for the forces of...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 2:36 PM
The Lions are coming to Chicago on Sunday, with both teams tied atop the NFC North at 5-3. For the Bears, 2013 has been a season in transition—they still have a star unit, but it's the offense, not the defense, that's turning heads.
So in honor of...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 9:52 AM
The color wasn’t finished. The visual effects were not complete. The score, temporary. Yet those details seemed to be of […]...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 11:21 AM
The insectoids aren't really buzzing this weekend.
After more than a decade of development and a cacophony of fan debate, "Ender's Game" arrived in theaters with a decent but hardly spectacular Friday. The Gavin Hood-directed futurist action movie...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 3:16 PM
Sometimes, it’s OK to throw the same festival twice.
Dance-music fans scanning the lineup at Saturday’s Hard Day of the Dead festival at L.A. State Historic Park north of downtown might be forgiven for thinking they’d raved themselves...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 7:48 PM
Innovative director of
opera, film, theater
Patrice Chereau, 68, a celebrated French actor and director in film, theater and opera who was renowned for cutting-edge productions, died Monday in Paris of complications related to...