| Jan 15, 2015
| 8:01 AM
Writer-director J.C. Chandor has made three good movies in a row, and they're his first three. He's a heartening exception to the usual percentages.
His first, "Margin Call," compressed an epoch's worth of financial meltdowns and ruinous corruption into...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 10:00 PM
4 stars (out of four)
In several ways “A Most Violent Year,” the second-best movie of 2014, reminds me of “Drive,” the best of 2011, and not just because they both include Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks. The similarity is in the...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 12:20 AM
Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) wants to be a real American man. When we meet him, he's striving to fulfill the dreams of many immigrant Latinos, speaking his New York City English with flawless intelligence and emotional restraint, trying hard to outpace...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 10:20 AM
Fox's "X-Men" spin-off movie "Gambit," starring Channing Tatum as the card-throwing Cajun superhero, will be released Oct. 7, 2016.
Letting les bon temps rouler in fall 2016 means the studio will have three installments of the blockbuster "X-Men"...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 3:21 PM
"A Most Violent Year" is the most welcome kind of throwback. It brings to mind the fierce New York-based productions of Sidney Lumet in particular but also the whole notion of character-driven, the-clock-is-ticking melodramas in general.
A vibrant crime...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 11:16 AM
"There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" So asks the first teaser trailer, appropriately enough, for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," director J.J. Abrams' highly anticipated update of the classic space-opera franchise.
Although the minute-and-a-...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 6:15 AM
In "A Most Violent Year," Oscar Isaac plays Abel Morales, a New York heating-oil magnate who owns a lavish new home and a port-side storage facility — on paper, anyway. While Abel scrambles to borrow the money to close the biggest deal of his life,...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 9:15 AM
Meeting up after a triumphant opening-night premiere of "A Most Violent Year" at Los Angeles' recent AFI Fest, actor Oscar Isaac and director J.C. Chandor didn't look like the creative team behind one of the most complex, rewarding American films of the...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 4:30 PM
A24 Films has acquired U.S. rights to the thriller "Ex Machina," starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander.
The distributor has set an April 10 release to "Ex Machina," Alex Garland's directorial debut.
Gleeson, part of the cast of...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 12:30 PM
There's a school of thought that says actors have to "earn" an Oscar nomination -- voters are more likely to reward them if they've broken into the exclusive club with a previous nom. While such a theory didn't apply to this year's winner, Matthew...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Paramount's moving forward on its thriller "Annihilation," tapping "Ex Machina" writer-director Alex Garland to adapt the script and direct the project.
The studio and Scott Rudin acquired movie rights to Jeff VanderMeer's "The Southern Reach" trilogy...