| Aug 27, 2014
| 12:40 PM
"Birdman" has taken flight, and it could be some time before the Alejandro G. Inarritu-directed black comedy comes back down to earth. The film, which stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up superhero actor struggling to mount a Broadway play, opened the...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Andrea Staka's long-awaited follow-up to her award-winning 2006 drama, "Fraulein," is similarly concerned with issues of displacement and belonging, though in "Cure -- The Life of Another," she pairs these feelings with adolescent uncertainty....
| Aug 20, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Healthy, even heated competition between film festivals is nothing new. Cannes was founded in the late '30s as the French response to Venice. In recent years, Shanghai has felt the heat from the government-backed Beijing, while both SXSW and Tribeca...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 4:10 PM
Film sets are notoriously wasteful places. Big movies can generate 225 tons of scrap metal, nearly 50 tons of construction and set debris, and 72 tons of food waste.
But Hollywood crews are starting to change their ways — and the results could...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 11:22 AM
PARK City, Utah -- Comedians who make the successful transition to drama are as common a sight as David Spade on the Academy Awards podium.
But Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader pull off impressive dramatic range and make for a convincing brother-sister...
| Aug 11, 2013
| 1:16 PM
Rather than use a plastic wiffle ball bat like everyone else who faced off against retired Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood Saturday during Woody's Wiffle Ball Classic at Wrigley Field, former WWE Champion CM Punk briefly opted for a folding chair, not unlike...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 1:00 PM
TORONTO--When director Denis Villeneuve first approached Jake Gyllenhaal to star as a detective in his new dramatic thriller, "Prisoners," the actor was skeptical. The movie contained plenty of genre elements — heinous crime, creepy suspect —...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 1:38 PM
Making a big studio movie when you're the strong-willed independent sort can run you into a lot of sand traps. Filmmakers in that position think studio execs are a bunch of philistines and marketing-minded meddlers, while the execs thinks a director is...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 7:30 AM
NEW YORK — The ark in "Noah" should be the ultimate petting zoo, but a warning sign on the film's massive set here tells visitors to keep their hands to themselves: "Animals are fragile. Please do not touch."
There are fake mammals crowding one...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 8:30 AM
When a movie has little dialogue and even fewer sound effects, what keeps the audience tethered emotionally to the story? And how can a film seamlessly blend the idea of death and a child's wide-eyed wonderment? Through its music, of course. Here are four...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 11:01 AM
The preferred Twitter hashtag for "Breaking Bad" on Sunday night was "#goodbyebreakingbad." In case anyone hadn't already heard, the show -- which in six years progressed from cult favorite to beloved pillar of the pop cultural firmament -- was airing its...