| Feb 25, 2012
| 7:59 PM
"Act of Valor" (PG-13). Real-life active duty soldiers serve as actors in this fictionalized account of a team of U.S. Navy SEALs racing against the cock to foil a terror attack. TownMall Cinemas (1:20, 4:20, 7:20 p.m.)
| Mar 5, 2012
Emily Blunt wants to jump off a building.
Don’t worry; she’s just talking about taking on an action role, which she hasn’t had a chance to do yet. “Something where I have to wear a wire,” the English actress says with a...
| Mar 8, 2012
** (out of four)
If subjected to a movie about a niche sport in a distant place, I’d admittedly much rather see “Ping Pong in Bora Bora” or “Jai Alai Atop Mount Everest.”
Still, it’s odd how clearly the characters...
| Oct 15, 2011
| 1:08 PM
He does it through flashbacks, but veteran talent Christopher Plummer gives a typically superb performance in writer-director Mike Mills' seriocomic tale of a man (Ewan McGregor) recalling his deceased father (Plummer), who decided to come out of the...
| Dec 13, 2012
I told myself I wouldn’t get worked up over the Golden Globe nominations this morning, but here we go again.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association—an anonymous group of freelancers much, much smaller than the Academy—really booted...
| Dec 20, 2012
*** (out of four)
In movies, even the most universal truths aren't a given. Love can appear unconvincing; family members seem like they barely know each other.
In “The Impossible,” however, the simplest emotional necessities come through...
| Dec 20, 2012
Everything that was false about the tsunami sequence in the recent Clint Eastwood film "Hereafter" — the bland overview perspectives, the lack of human immediacy — is corrected, terrifyingly, by the first half-hour of director J.A. Bayona's...
| Dec 24, 2012
| 2:18 PM
Que un cineasta hispano estrene una película en Estados Unidos el día de navidad resulta impensable. El director español Juan Antonio Bayona acaba de marcar este récord con The Impossible, filme que representa su debut en Hollywood.
Para filmar su...
| Sep 29, 2012
When the British author Chris Cleave published his debut novel, "Incendiary," he fell victim to perhaps the worst historical coincidence ever to afflict an author.
The book, about a terrorist attack in a London sports stadium, was released on July 7,...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 1:25 PM
NEW YORK — A man in a Manhattan rehearsal room asks a young boy a question: "No soccer game this week?" A look crosses the kid's face. You can read love, loneliness, contempt. "It's not soccer season anymore, Dad."
Chastened, the man talks of...
| Jun 15, 2012
| 1:18 PM
Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt make an appealing couple in this comedy-drama, directed by Lasse Hallstrom ("The Cider House Rules") and adapted by Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog Millionaire") from Paul Torday's novel.
The stars play two people who...