Column | May 29, 2014 | 1:08 PM
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Story | May 28, 2014 | 2:30 AMNow almost midway through the year, 2014 seems unlikely to produce many more visually arresting, brilliantly designed, stoned-college-kid-friendly pieces of eye candy than Disney's "Maleficent." As for its revisionist take on the travails of the iconic "Sleeping Beauty" villainess, however, it falls far short of something an imaginative fan-fiction scribe, let alone obvious role models John Gardner or Gregory Maguire, might have crafted from the material. Uncertain of tone, and bearing visible scarring from what one imagines were multiple rewrites, the film fails to probe the psychology of its subject or set up a satisfying alternate history, but it sure is nice to look at for 97 minutes. Boasting an impressive and impeccably costumed Angelina Jolie in the title role, it ought to prove a solid global moneymaker and merchandise-minter for the Mouse House.
Story | Feb 16, 2014 | 12:30 AM
The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild spread the wealth Saturday night as awards-race frontrunners like "American Hustle" and "Dallas Buyers Club" were joined by a couple of dark horses in this season's derby. In the feature film category, "Lee...
Story | Feb 16, 2014 | 2:30 PM
While the attention was on Johnny Depp and other honorees for the evening, the 11th Make-Up Artists and Hair Style Guild Awards paused for an onstage marriage proposal between two young men. When host Tom Arnold paused for a "special moment," a video...
Story | Jan 16, 2014 | 12:30 PM
It's true: The Academy likes movies about old people -- just not the ones you might have been expecting. While films like "Lee Daniels' The Butler" were surprisingly shut out of this year's Oscar nominees, the Johnny Knoxville comedy "Jackass Presents:...