| Sep 14, 2013
| 9:31 AM
Pat Moran may very well have the coolest office in Baltimore.
Not that anyone should be surprised by that. Moran, who first gained fame (or should that be notoriety?) as one of John Waters' Dreamlanders, is an Emmy-winning casting director who has...
| Apr 4, 2013
You know what "Star Wars" is about? I mean, really about? Vietnam. It's a critical allegory of the war: The Rebels are the scrappy Viet Cong, hastily assembled, devoted and relentless; the Empire is the American military, tripped up by an enemy using...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Scott Cooper's stark, compelling Rust Belt drama, "Out of the Furnace," which premiered earlier this month at AFI Fest, turns on the relationship between two brothers: Straight-arrow steel mill worker Russell Baze (Christian Bale) and his anguished...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 4:45 PM
There is an unnerving moment deep inside the working-class drama "Out of the Furnace" when a primal scream cuts short an old argument between two brothers. Ripped from the emotional core of the younger, a burned-out Army soldier, Rodney Baze, played by...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 6:00 AM
The Rust Belt town of Braddock just outside of Pittsburgh is the sort of blue-collar enclave where factories once gave residents the promise of lifelong jobs at good union wages — the kind of place where resilience and character were more highly...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 5:01 PM
Writer/director Scott Cooper made his feature debut four years ago with “Crazy Heart,” a hubris-downfall-redemption story that won Jeff Bridges the best actor Oscar he deserved for numerous earlier roles. Like its predecessor, Cooper's new...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 3:01 PM
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug * * *
El refrán que dice "segundas partes nunca fueron buenas" parece desmentirse con The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Superando las debilidades del primer capítulo de la serie, este filme recupera la magia y...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 11:38 AM
Bleak, depressing but powerful, "Out of the Furnace" throws you into the smoldering fire of hard people in hard times. Christian Bale and Casey Affleck are outstanding as blue-collar brothers Russell and Rodney Baze. They live a depressing existence in...
| May 17, 2013
| 3:10 PM
Not many of us will ever get to the fabulous Cannes Film Festival currently taking place in the glamorous French resort town. But there is a way to enjoy the Cannes experience vicariously via the films that have used the international festival as a...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 1:51 PM
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" opens for business March 7, 2014, with the release of Wes Anderson's much-anticipated new film.
Anderson's 2012 effort, "Moonrise Kingdom," made more than $45 million in the U.S. and earned an Oscar nomination for original...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 5:39 PM
A busy week for Wes Anderson watchers has been capped off by the arrival of the trailer for his upcoming "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which opens March 7, 2014.
The film has a typically large and outstanding cast that mixes together Anderson regulars...