| Aug 6, 2008
Wine may be sunlight held together by water, as Galileo said, but "Bottle Shock" is held together only by Alan Rickman.
It's interesting, given how the actor has built so many exquisite characterizations on the foundation of a certain look, that of a man...
| Aug 6, 2008
"Bottle Shock," a new independent film based, very loosely, on the famous 1976 blind tasting in Paris in which two California wines came out on top, much to the chagrin of the expert -- and very French -- wine tasters, opens today at theaters across the...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 8, 2009
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There's no question the stellar young wizard of Hogwarts is growing up in this involving chapter of author J.K. Rowling's saga. Harry ( Daniel Radcliffe) goes through another maze of adventure as he readies for an inevitable showdown with the sinister...
| Jul 13, 2009
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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
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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...