| May 4, 2013
Six men and two women sit down to a simple dinner around a rectangular table in a glassed-in upstairs room at Osteria la Buca. It's 7:30 on a Tuesday night in spring, and the sun is just barely sinking into the city haze, leaving Melrose Avenue awash in...
| Apr 18, 2013
LAS VEGAS -- The head of the National Assn. of Theatre Owners may want Hollywood to make fewer R-rated movies, but the exhibitors at CinemaCon this week seem to be eager for more.
During nearly every studio presentation here this week, the movies...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 9:05 AM
A movie can become a franchise easily when its plot basically consists of its stars hanging out and vaguely pretending that a story is being told.
As such, this summer brings “Grown Ups 2,” in which Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock...
| Oct 11, 2012
*1/2 (out of four)
Sorry, art and theater departments.
A Boston high school principal (Greg Germann) says he has to cut all non-athletic extracurricular activities, but no one mentions any programs besides music. Biology teacher Scott Voss (Kevin James)...
| Oct 11, 2012
Wait a sec. How did the Kevin James mixed martial arts movie end up a more convincing portrait of the plight of the American public school teacher than "Won't Back Down," a film that's actually about that subject?
"Here Comes the Boom" begins not well,...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 1:14 PM
There will be a tense standoff between two hostage movies at the box office this weekend, as “Taken 2” and “Argo" battle for No. 1.
After a spectacular $49.5-million debut last weekend, the Liam Neeson sequel "Taken 2" will likely...
| Oct 12, 2012
| 12:16 AM
This is the type of movie critics are going to rip apart. They’re not going to pull their punches as they have at it. Perhaps it’s because I went in with low expectations that I kind of had fun with it.
I did wonder something about Joe Rogan,...
| Sep 26, 2012
| 1:39 PM
Selena Gomez has plenty to smile about these days. The 20-year-old starlet who shot to fame in 2007 with the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place has been taking a break from her chart-topping music career to make movies. South Florida Parenting...
| Jan 9, 2011
| 6:50 AM
Rather than watch the Luvabulls perform during a break in the action at Saturday’s Bulls-Boston Celtics game, one twenty-something Celtics fan sitting front row at the United Center turned around and pointed his camera at Ron Howard, who was sitting...
| Aug 16, 2011
| 3:32 PM
The Chicago International Film Festival’s annual Summer Gala has presented its career achievement award, the Silver Hugo, to some of the biggest names in Hollywood — including Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Jodie Foster and Nicolas Cage...
| Nov 20, 2011
Shopping centers have always been about more than shopping. Before the rise of Internet-based social interaction, malls were a workplace, gathering place and pop culture petri dish for the better part of two generations. That made them the perfect...
| Jul 7, 2011
A little more than a year ago, the makers of "Zookeeper" took the Kevin James comedy to the AMC Ontario Mills 30 multiplex for a test screening. The talking-animals film had been scheduled to be released in October 2010, but the Sony Pictures brass were...