| Jun 14, 2011
When disagreements between some of Hollywood's most powerful people began to roil plans for a fourth "Spider-Man" movie several years ago, some in the entertainment industry were advising filmmakers to walk away.
But Laura Ziskin, the franchise's...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 2:35 PM
A couple of years ago, Bruce Sheridan, chair of the film program at Columbia College, noticed a curious thing happening. A few of the film majors who interned on the Chicago production of "The Dark Knight" had started making their student films and, as...
| Jul 24, 2011
| 10:00 PM
Here’s something you didn’t expect to say: “Hey, remember that episode of ‘Community’ where Britta thought that girl was a lesbian? Well, the actress who played that girl now stars in a spectacular new sci-fi movie that she...
| Sep 4, 2011
All's Faire in Love
A college football star has to make up for his many absences by working at a Renaissance fair, where he falls for an aspiring actress. With Christina Ricci, Owen Benjamin, Cedric the Entertainer and Matthew Lillard. Written...
| Sep 25, 2011
You're an outsider heading to the Westside of Los Angeles — not the beach cities, but Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Westwood and the nearby well-heeled neighborhoods south of the Santa Monica Mountains. This means you'll be well-fed, well-rested and...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 9:06 AM
Two vastly different films about the scourge of slavery in America, a thriller about the rescue of American hostages in Iran and a study of the dogged quest to capture one of the world's most wanted men -- Osama bin Laden -- were among the top nominees...
| Sep 13, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
Ruthlessly pursuing a billionaire he’s sure deserves to be punished, detective Bryer (Tim Roth) laments, “He does not get to walk just because he’s on CNBC.”
Frustration toward the invincibility of the rich...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 7:32 AM
It's an unseemly request by a movie, to ask us to root for the lying, scrambling but extremely well-coiffed hedge fund billionaire weasel played by Richard Gere in the new film "Arbitrage." But there it is. The movie does ask, and to varying degrees, we...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 3:45 PM
“Arbitrage” is not about Jack Abramoff, or Bernie Madoff or even Mitt Romney. But resemblances between any one of them and the film's protagonist, Robert Miller (Richard Gere), are hardly coincidental. Miller is a stand-in for a whole class of...
| Sep 16, 2012
| 9:03 AM
A 3-D version of “Finding Nemo” was expected to dominate the box office upon its debut, but the animated film sank to the runner-up position at the multiplex this weekend.
Instead, “Resident Evil: Retribution,” the fifth...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 9:21 PM
"Resident Evil: Retribution" is the fifth movie in a very successful franchise that began as a series of apocalyptic Japanese video games. The surreal sci-fi adventure blends "Aliens" and "The Matrix" with "Blade Runner" overtones. For good measure,...