| Jul 26, 2012
** (out of four)
Beware, David Copperfield.
That’s because much of “Red Lights” revolves around Dr. Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy), a physicist determined to expose any and all supposed psychics and paranormal visions as frauds. He knows...
| Jul 26, 2012
One hour and 53 minutes of paranormal inactivity, writer-director Rodrigo Cortes' yakky "Red Lights" is a distinct comedown from the Spanish filmmaker's previous (and second) feature, "Buried,"a stern thriller (too stern for American audiences; it made 95...
| Mar 8, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
I’m not faulting Paul Dano for being one of the less (to put it nicely) screen-friendly presences in Hollywood. I am faulting “Being Flynn” for shoving Denise (Olivia Thirlby, excellent), a cute and extremely...
| Jan 31, 2013
*1/2 (out of four)
After “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Quartet,” I'm glad to see a film about people in their grayer years take place somewhere other than a hotel in which the folks putter around and giggle about sex....
| Jan 7, 2013
| 12:23 PM
Nearly 10 years ago, the Motor Press Guild held a dinner at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. There, masters of movie chase scenes and stunt drivers Hal Needham, Jack Gill and Corey Eubanks held a panel discussion on their craft. Film...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 12:59 PM
With a conspicuous diss of Kathryn Bigelow, the un-nominated director of “Zero Dark Thirty,” the Academy Awards nominations were announced Thursday morning.
“Zero Dark Thirty” was one of nine films given the best picture...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 2:21 PM
One hundred and one years ago, D.W. Griffith gave us "The Musketeers of Pig Alley," often credited as the first gangster film, and once sound came in, nothing hooked movie audiences during the early 1930s more reliably than Edward G. Robinson or James...
| Feb 20, 2013
For context about predictions of major entertainment events, Duff Goldman from “Ace of Cakes” correctly predicted the result of this year’s Super Bowl. NFL experts did not.
Likewise, making Oscar predictions can be a bit ridiculous, as...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 11:07 AM
Highlights from backstage at the Oscars:
The “Argo” trio of Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov took the stage, and Affleck was asked when he felt was tipping point for his movie’s victory.
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:36 PM
Years ago when I was a student at Northwestern University, a handful of executives at America Online came to my class and explained that you, I and everyone we know would soon find ourselves pleasantly stranded on "information islands." We nodded,...
| Feb 24, 2013
| 5:12 AM
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The persistent irony of the Film Independent Spirit Awards is that as much as they're positioned as the DIY antidote to the Academy Awards, the indie film with the most Oscars recognition almost invariably reaps the greatest...