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  • Robert Downey Jr.'s 'The Judge' will open Toronto film festival

    The verdict is in: "The Judge" will open this year's Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 4. The David Dobkin-directed drama stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who returns to his childhood home for his mother's funeral only to have his...
  • October movies: 'Gone Girl' arrives; mystery awaits

    October movies: 'Gone Girl' arrives; mystery awaits
    The big movie titles start rolling out in October, and one of the biggest comes early: "Gone Girl," the widely anticipated version of Gillian Flynn's best seller. 'Gone Girl' Release date: Oct. 3 Premise: David Fincher ("The Social Network") directs...
  • Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall Celebrate at 'The Judge' L.A. Premiere

    Though Wednesday's West Coast premiere of Warner Bros.' "The Judge" took place at the quintessential show business centers of Beverly Hills' Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Spago, the evening evoked plenty of small-town nostalgia. 'I grew...
  • Demon-doll 'Annabelle' conjures adequate juju

    When hubby brings home a child-sized doll that resembles a stunted psych-ward drag queen, it really shouldn't go on the shelf in the nursery. Just sayin'. But this is why we go to horror films — to manage our nerves tracking the doomed — and...
  • Box Office: 'Gone Girl' Fending Off 'Alexander,' Downey Jr.

    "Gone Girl" should entrap audiences for the second week in a row, but the R-rated thriller faces stiff competition from a family film, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." The Walt Disney Studios' adaptation of Judith Viorst's...
  • Duvall v. Downey in 'The Judge' argues for acting excellence

    Duvall v. Downey in 'The Judge' argues for acting excellence
    Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. are not only the boldface names attached to "The Judge," but their powerful symbiotic acting is the key reason to see this film. Playing an unapologetically estranged father and son whose two-way contempt runs so deep...
  • Review: 'The Judge' ★★ 1/2

    Review: 'The Judge' ★★ 1/2
    Of the 141 minutes in "The Judge," roughly 70 work well, hold the screen and allow a ripe ensemble cast the chance to do its thing, i.e., act. The other 71 are dominated by narrative machinery going ka-THUNKITA-thunkita-thunkita. This is the same sound...
  • Robert Downey Jr. drops superhero mask, has new mission in 'The Judge'

    Robert Downey Jr. drops superhero mask, has new mission in 'The Judge'
    There are worse descriptions, as actor typecasting goes, than "wisecracking superhero." Then again, if you're Robert Downey Jr. and colorful descriptions are what you trade in, it could start to feel a little bit limiting. The wheel turns quickly in...
  • 'The Judge' rules with a rubber gavel

    'The Judge' rules with a rubber gavel
    *1/2 (out of four) At the risk of siding with formula, legal dramas are supposed to have twists. And big closing arguments. “The Judge” doesn’t even have closing arguments, and it’s about as twisty as a flagpole. It’s...
  • 'Gone Girl' Draws Blood With $26 Million, 'Dracula Untold' Tops Friday Box Office

    Despite losing the Friday race to Universal's horror actioner "Dracula Untold," "Gone Girl" is headed for its second consecutive box office win. Fox's thriller looks to draw blood with $26 million this weekend, while "Dracula" is close behind with a $24...
  • 'The Judge' asks little of performers, but too much of audience

    "The Judge" is an old-fashioned legal drama in which light streams in through the windows of the ornate courthouse while lawyers in fancy suits make impassioned pleas for justice. It's also a film that wrings more than its share of family melodrama from a...