| Jan 30, 2015
| 8:20 AM
When Jessica Chastain told J.C. Chandor, "I hear you have a new project and I want to work with you," she wasn't just making small talk amid the splendor of the French Riviera.
Earlier that May 2013 night, the red-haired actress had been seated...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 8:01 AM
Writer-director J.C. Chandor has made three good movies in a row, and they're his first three. He's a heartening exception to the usual percentages.
His first, "Margin Call," compressed an epoch's worth of financial meltdowns and ruinous corruption into...
| Dec 27, 2014
| 8:00 AM
What a difference a year makes.
Toward the end of 2013, singer-fiddler Rhiannon Giddens and her band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, were at a crossroads. One of the group's original members, Dom Flemons, had decided to pursue a solo career, leaving...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 3:21 PM
"A Most Violent Year" is the most welcome kind of throwback. It brings to mind the fierce New York-based productions of Sidney Lumet in particular but also the whole notion of character-driven, the-clock-is-ticking melodramas in general.
A vibrant crime...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 9:15 AM
Meeting up after a triumphant opening-night premiere of "A Most Violent Year" at Los Angeles' recent AFI Fest, actor Oscar Isaac and director J.C. Chandor didn't look like the creative team behind one of the most complex, rewarding American films of the...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 8:55 AM
Ambiguity is the intrigue in "The Two Faces of January," the new thriller starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.
Acclaimed writer Hossein Amini, making his feature directing debut, sets it up beautifully on a sun-washed day in Athens,...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 7:57 AM
Filmmaker J.C. Chandor walked onstage Thursday night at the Dolby Theatre to introduce his new movie, the crime drama "A Most Violent Year," the gala opener of this year's AFI Fest.
Pointing to a seat near the front, Chandor noted: "The last time I...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Oscar Isaac rocked a mean mustache and mullet and Jessica Chastain wowed in a dress that looked like it was made of what she called a cooler version of bubble wrap at Thursday's world premiere of "A Most Violent Year" at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood,...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 2:07 PM
Oscar Isaac is set for another violent year — this time in 2016. The 35-year-old actor will play the titular world-ending villain in "X-Men: Apocalypse," Fox's upcoming installment of the blockbuster franchise based on the Marvel Comics books.
| Oct 29, 2014
| 6:32 PM
Mark your Julian calendar: "Hail, Caesar!," the upcoming comedy from Joel and Ethan Coen, has been scheduled for release Feb. 5, 2016, from Universal Pictures, the first time in a decade the Coens will bring out a movie in the first quarter.
| Oct 30, 2014
| 12:30 PM
There's a gap to be filled, if not a chasm. And a growing number of European players believe that they have the savvy and resources to fill it.
It's a gap created by Hollywood which, in its ardor to serve up a menu of wall-to-wall blockbusters, has all...