| Aug 22, 2012
| 8:46 AM
One of Frank Zappa’s kids – Dweezil – writes some good songs. It was silly of me to think one of his kids – Ahmet – could write a screenplay.
It was co-written with director Peter Hedges. He may have flopped with Dan in Real...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 1:05 AM
If you're looking for moonshine, the place to start is in the foothills of south central and southwest Virginia. As the new movie Lawless makes clear, 'shine was never a passing fancy among the folk there. It's a tradition that goes back...
| Aug 7, 2012
Good news: We won’t have to see Baz Luhrmann’s take on “The Great Gatsby” without the kind of elaborate 3-D effects and pop music soundtrack F. Scott Fitzgerald surely would have wanted.
Sure, Luhrmann’s (“Moulin...
| Aug 14, 2012
0.5 stars (out of four)
Take the remarkably disingenuous “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” then replace the exploitation of 9/11 with an insulting adoption fairy tale—and you’ve got “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,&...
| Aug 14, 2012
| 9:16 AM
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is odd indeed. It comes from writer-director Peter Hedges of "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" and other pictures, and in pleasing ways as well as some dubious ones, Hedges ranges all over the place in his expansion of a story...
| Apr 29, 2012
A team of superheroes including Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Thor unite to save the world. With Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth. Written and directed by Joss Whedon. In Imax 3-D. Walt Disney...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 9:27 AM
A subject of controversy during its theatrical run, this reunion of the Oscar-winning "Hurt Locker" team of director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal is an engrossing, often exciting dramatization of the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
| Jan 9, 2013
| 9:27 PM
Zero Dark Thirty
Everyone knows how "Zero Dark Thirty" ends: with the killing of Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani compound by SEAL Team Six.
But it’s how it begins — with the hauntingly effective use of the voices of the...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 10:22 PM
It should come as no surprise that every character in a movie with a title like this is either rotten to the core, or a liar, or a schemer, or the bearer of seriously damaging secrets. What is surprising is that these...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 6:57 AM
To consider what director Kathryn Bigelow has accomplished in "Zero Dark Thirty," imagine the events depicted by the story if they'd been given the "Argo" treatment.
Not to take anything away from that rousing true (-ish) story of hostages freed and...
| Dec 18, 2012
***1/2 (out of four)
And that’ll do it for “Argo.”
Ben Affleck’s widely praised Oscar contender is plenty entertaining, but its sense of place and investigative detail don’t come within miles of the immersive power of...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 12:04 PM
Like her character, Joni Jerome, in Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” out on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 4, Odeya Rush is wise, unique and insightful. She was born in Israel and moved to the United States when she was 9 years old. The...