| Apr 10, 2009
The Great Buck Howard is a pleasant enough comedy in the My Favorite Year mold. Colin Hanks, son of Tom (who produced and has a cameo) plays a young man who drops out of law school and takes a job as road manager of has-been "mentalist" Buck Howard. Not-...
| Dec 15, 2009
Things were looking up for the seriocomedy "Up in the Air," which led the field with six nominations this morning at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards.
George Clooney was nominated for best performance by an actor in a drama for his role as a corporate...
| Dec 17, 2009
"The Young Victoria," starring Emily Blunt as the 18-year-old queen of England circa 1837, is such a rich pastiche of first love, teen empowerment, fabulous fashion and fate that you almost wish a few brooding vampires had been thrown in for good measure,...
| Jan 13, 2010
He's brash and irreverent, and by no means a polite Hollywood insider. So, the fact that Ricky Gervais will be hosting the Golden Globes this year has been met with squeals of delight from fans eager to see the comedian cut loose. But for the nominees,...
| Feb 11, 2011
| 11:51 AM
**1/2 (out of four)
Two adjacent houses. In one yard, tiny garden gnomes with red hats. In the other, an enemy group of gnomes with blue hats. Can Gnomeo (voiced by James McAvoy) from the blue side and Juliet (Emily Blunt) from the red side find love...
| Mar 3, 2011
| 3:35 PM
***1/2 (out of four)
Hotshot politician David Norris (Matt Damon) isn’t as focused on his career after he meets beautiful dancer Elise (Emily Blunt). One problem: A group of mysterious men who have the ability to freeze time and manipulate space...
| Feb 11, 2010
The new edition of the old Universal horror title "The Wolfman" constitutes a pleasant surprise, if "pleasant" can be used to describe a brooding $100 million plus diversion with this many beheadings and eviscerations.
Director Joe Johnston's reboot is...
| Feb 18, 2010
Costume designer Sandy Powell netted her eighth Oscar nomination with her work on "The Young Victoria," director Jean-Marc Vallee's biopic of the early life of the iconic British monarch (played by Emily Blunt).
The honor is the latest in a celebrated...
| Mar 10, 2011
| 7:49 PM
Gore Verbinski directed the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. The special effects expertise of Industrial Light and Magic were a key to his success. Their pedigree goes all the way back to the "Star Wars" series. Their skills were sharpened on the...
| Mar 17, 2011
| 9:55 AM
Knowing that Jack Black has the title role as the traveler thrown off course to end up towering over tiny Lilliputians, you can pretty much expect this isn't your father's "Gulliver."
Indeed, the original Jonathan Swift story is contoured to Black's very...
| Apr 21, 2011
| 6:26 AM
Yes, you-know-which Shakespeare classic gets a makeover with animated gnomes, but there's wit in the freely adapted script ... and lots of terrific music, since the soundtrack offers both new and classic selections by Elton John (also the executive...