| Jun 19, 2013
| 9:46 AM
It begins the way global epidemics have begun once or twice before in the movies: with a nice American family around the kitchen table, television droning in the background, delivering news reports of a mutating virus. OK, pass the oj! Let's get on with...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
In the new zombie epic "World War Z," Brad Pitt jets around the world seeking an elusive solution to an intractable problem.
He's been doing a lot of that in real life too.
Six months ago, Pitt's new movie appeared doomed — by a release-date...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 3:55 PM
Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. And as it turns out, zombies do it as well. They swarm. And when they're done swarming, they swarm all over again.
That unstoppably manic movement is the most unexpected part of "World War Z" as well...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 10:14 AM
One psychopath usually is enough for any movie, and it's actually a budding screenplay within the film that inspires the title of this offbeat action-comedy. Along with two friends (Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken), the aspiring writer (Colin Farrell)...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 1:59 PM
Featured at several film festivals, this fanciful story of a violinist and his recollections takes unusual forms in the hands of two filmmakers who also displayed their technique in the acclaimed "Persepolis," Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud....
| Nov 10, 2013
The event: Sharon Stone hosted the 8th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts luncheon, honoring artists Lita Albuquerque, Helen Pashgian, Nancy Rubins and Betye Saar. An Academy Award nominee for "Casino," Stone recently portrayed Linda Lovelace's...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 12:01 PM
It's Brad Pitt versus zombies in this effective thriller from director Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace"), based on the novel by Max Brooks. Pitt plays a former United Nations inspector who calls his global expertise back into play while battling a mass...
| Apr 18, 2013
** (out of four)
“Pixar's 'Wall-E' was pretty good. Imagine how great it would be if it were live action, starred Tom Cruise and unfolded kind of like Duncan Jones ('Moon,' 'Source Code') directing Independence Day!”
From that hypothetical,...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Violence isn’t the only problem with violent movies aimed at younger audiences — they also tend to glamorize risky activities you might not want to encourage among kids, according to a new study.
“We know some teenagers imitate what...
| May 10, 2013
| 12:21 PM
Children grow up ... and if they were treated like these two, you don't think revenge would be on their adult agenda?
Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton ("Quantum of Solace") play the siblings in this highly revisionist fairy-tale update, which gives them...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 8:28 AM
Speculation has swirled ever since "World War Z", the forthcoming zombie disaster movie starring and co-produced by Brad Pitt, was pushed from last winter to this summer by Paramount Pictures to allow for a wholesale rewrite and a reshoot of its final...