| Aug 27, 2008
Traitor is a solid, gripping, only occasionally preachy thriller built around the War on Terror. Ripped-from-the-headlines realism, top-drawer performances by Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce, a dandy "ticking clock" story structure and a vast catalog of...
| Jul 13, 2009
| 10:12 AM
A great treachery is revealed, a great light is snuffed out and the final quest is set up in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, an emotional and involving installment in the hit-or-miss Harry movie series.
It's a film of gloom, fear and dread -- and...
| Jul 14, 2009
| 7:21 PM
The answer is "Dame Judi Dench."
The question? Name one British character actor of note who hasn't made an appearance/collected a check from the Harry Potter movies. With the news that the great Bill Nighy (Love, Actually, Underworld) will play Rufus...
| Nov 29, 2007
The Sundance Film Festival may occasionally take itself too seriously, but judging from the lineup of premieres and special screenings announced Thursday, the festival has no trouble poking fun at Hollywood.
Several high-profile films set either in the...
| Dec 2, 2007
Tim Burton had already traipsed through China, scouting locations for his next big cinematic event, "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" starring Jim Carrey, when Paramount halted preproduction on the film.
Burton describes himself as "pretty devastated" by the...
| Dec 21, 2007
It's not the volume of the blood that distinguishes "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" from every other film this year. The shocker is the context. Movie audiences aren't used to seeing throats slit while the leading character sings a song...
| May 11, 2009
| 2:24 PM
Do you recognize this long-haired dude?
Like many of the other skeptics out there, I was really frightened about what Hollywood was doing going retro happy with this new Star Trek production. Could this franchise really be re-launched? But that's of no...
| Dec 21, 2007
You'd think you could get a rise out of Tim Burton by pigeonholing the guy, telling him that Stephen Sondheim's blood-spattered musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is the movie he was born to direct.
But you can't. Maybe it's too...
| Mar 4, 2008
| 9:31 AM
February 14, 2008
With character names like Hogsqueal, Mulgarath and Thimbletack, it's got to be derivative. So it's not altogether surprising that Mark Waters' ("Freaky Friday," "Mean Girls") adaptation of "The Spiderwick Chronicles" suffers slightly...
| Mar 18, 2008
Acclaimed director Anthony Minghella, who adapted books such as "The English Patient," "Cold Mountain" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" for the screen, has died. He was 54.
The Oscar-winning director died Tuesday morning, March 18 in a London hospital of...
| Oct 9, 2009
| 4:33 PM
Patrick Goldstein at our sister blog, The Big Picture, was deeply puzzled by the news that Oscar winner Adrien Brody is taking on the lead role in "Predators," producer Robert Rodriguez's revisiting of the alien-hunter franchise. Here's an excerpt: The......