| Feb 24, 2011
| 8:10 PM
Action-thrillers are like eggs. They're easily overcooked and often served with ham.
But in "Unknown," we have a decent story with some slick twists to give us a real bang for our buck. It also benefits from star Liam Neeson, a gifted actor with a...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 2:42 PM
They say all good things must come to an end. With that, I'm leaving WDBJ and the news business. I've accepted a position as the community relations coordinator for Roanoke City Schools. There are several reasons why I'm switching...
| 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...
| Apr 24, 2011
The San Fernando Valley is 260 square miles of suburbia. Actually, make that suburbia on nutritional supplements. And antidepressants. With perhaps a little cosmetic surgery south of Ventura Boulevard, where the big money is. Or maybe — now that it'...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 2:31 PM
Late on a weekday afternoon, we called John Sayles, the independent's independent, the pragmatist's pragmatist. He was on the outskirts of Boise, in the passenger's seat of a rented Prius, beside Maggie Renzi, his longtime partner and producer. He's tall,...
| Jun 5, 2011
| 7:17 PM
Few can own a room like Robert Downey Jr., but the never-dull "Iron Man" star opted to concede the spotlight to Jamie Foxx at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago hotel. Well, more like share it.
Foxx, who received the Renaissance Award Saturday at the Gene Siskel...
| Jun 8, 2011
| 10:00 PM
**** (out of four)
The plot's been kept under major wraps, and you’ll be glad I left the cat in the bag. Know this: In summer 1979, 14-year-old Joe (Joel Courtney) and his friends witness a violent train crash that, hint-hint, may have sci-fi...
| Jan 4, 2011
When British actor Pete Postlethwaite was studying at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the 1970s, the head of the school predicted he would fare well as an actor but couldn't resist telling him that he had a face like a "stone archway."
"It's all in...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 6:51 AM
More than 100 movies have been filmed on the island of Kauai. But in most of them, the Garden Isle stands in for someplace else.
In the iconic "South Pacific," Kauai is the mythical tropical paradise Bali Hai. In "Jurassic Park," it's an island off the...
| Nov 25, 2011
| 3:56 PM
Actor Wayne Knight is a veteran of iconic television and major feature films, from playing the evil mailman Newman on “Seinfeld” to the gluttonous villain in Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park.” He’s also a longtime...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 3:12 PM
Universal Orlando will debut the "Cinematic Spectacular" nighttime water show this spring as part of a new entertainment lineup at the Florida theme park that includes an upgrade to one ride, a re-theme of another attraction and the addition of a...