| Feb 19, 2014
| 10:30 AM
The Romans give you every reason to wish for their destruction in Paul W.S. Anderson's "Pompeii," a campy, concept-driven disaster pic that mistakes the eruption of Vesuvius for the biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah, where an entire city is deemed...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 6:50 AM
Exceedingly stylish and ultimately quite silly, "The Signal" is a sci-fi head trip better appreciated for the journey than the destination. The less audiences know going in, the more intrigued they'll be by the story's not entirely predictable twists...
| May 29, 2014
| 1:08 PM
The formula works. It worked with "Wicked" on stage and it worked with "Frozen" on film — tilting the storytelling prism so that a new angle on a well-known fairy tale appears in the light. The strategy depends on humanizing characters formerly...
| May 17, 2014
| 4:30 PM
South African production service company Uncle Morris Films, which recently worked on Neill Blomkamp's Hugh Jackman starrer "Chappie," is moving into movie development and production. Uncle Morris founders are in Cannes to talk to potential partners....
| May 22, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Metropolitan Filmexport, France's independent distribution leader owned by brothers Samuel and Victor Hadida, has not just survived; it has steadfastly thrived for the past 35 years.
Thanks to the Hadida brothers' deep-rooted ties to Hollywood's power...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 1:51 PM
In director Spike Lee's take on a celebrated Korean melodrama, Josh Brolin plays an advertising man abducted and kept in a room for 20 years while the outside world is led to believe he killed his wife.
After his two-decade imprisonment ends, he's...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 7:34 AM
After the coffee. Before saying goodbye to July.
The Skinny: You know you need a vacation when you wake up and don't know what day it is. I did get a chance to get to Dodger Stadium last night, but unfortunately the Yankees lost. Wednesday's...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 3:30 PM
"Europa Report" is a Grade A version of a B picture, a streamlined science fiction story that smartly tells a familiar tale without breaking the bank.
Though modern moviemaking often mandates that science fiction be synonymous with multimillion-dollar...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 8:14 AM
Writer-director Neill Blomkamp's unheralded feature debut, "District 9," arrived like a bolt of lightning in 2009. With its propulsive energy and pointed aliens-as-apartheid allegory, the film racked up stellar reviews, a $115-million box office take...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 1:42 PM
On a crowded box-office weekend, where four new films will fight for No. 1, "Elysium" may hover just above the competition.
The sci-fi flick starring Matt Damon is set to debut with a solid-if-not-spectacular $32 million, according to those who have...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 5:50 PM
Despite its title, "Elysium" is no promised land.
Expectations were high that the film starring Matt Damon would carry the flag for thoughtful, big-budget films that care about more than profits. But it has ended up as something of a disappointment,...