| May 2, 2014
| 11:48 AM
Jean-Luc Godard, quoting D.W. Griffith, famously proposed that "All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun."
While "a guy and a car" doesn't have quite the same zip, that combination worked wonders for the new suspense drama "Locke," in which...
| Mar 15, 2014
| 11:00 AM
I fear for the future of James Franco's acting career.
And when I say acting, I'm referring to Franco's portrayal of other characters, not the growing number of meta performances the actor is amassing.
It's not that Franco is bad at playing Franco. If...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 6:00 AM
From the start, Fox Searchlight was confident that "12 Years a Slave" would win critical acclaim and be an awards contender.
Getting people to see it? The film's distributor feared that would be a different story.
The new movie depicts the evils of...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 10:00 AM
Robert Redford was going down with the ship.
Yes, the character he plays in writer-director J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost," which arrives in theaters Friday, is a lone traveler on the Indian Ocean whose sailboat is taking on water from a gash in its hull....
| Jan 30, 2014
| 7:15 AM
For many actors, Academy Award-nominated performances are to die for.
Or, rather, if you play a character who dies — or who's dealing with illness or disability — your chances of earning a nomination and even the win go up significantly....
| Jan 19, 2014
After exploring twentysomething Millennial malaise in his 2004 hit "Garden State," Zach Braff shifts his attention to mid-thirties, post-marital anomie in "Wish I Was Here," a cloying compendium of follow-your-dreams platitudes, new-agey spirituality...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 7:00 AM
It may not be factual, but it's truthful.
It's an argument that wouldn't survive in a court of law and would spark derision in a presidential debate.
But when it comes to movies, it's vital guidance, especially when so many of 2013's Oscar-...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 8:00 AM
The line between the real and the surreal is a thin one for James Franco. The actor's persona has become such a carefully cultivated hall of post-postmodern mirrors that it can often be hard to tell what's true and what's a put-on.
So naturally, when...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 10:32 AM
Aron Ralston, the hiker who survived by severing his own arm after being trapped by a boulder, is expected to appear in a Denver courtroom Monday to face domestic violence charges.
Ralston and his girlfriend, both 38, were taken into custody in Denver...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Writers and directors have never been shy about sending their characters into car crashes, shootouts, hostile Indian territory or bad marriages. Danger is their business. But the kind of peril faced in several of this season's more prominent dramas...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 10:40 AM
Why should HBO have all the World War II miniseries? FX is getting in business with Oscar-winning director-writer-producer team Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson for a 10-part WW II miniseries.
The based-on-a-true-story miniseries...
| May 13, 2013
SPRINGDALE, Utah — There comes a moment when you step backward off a cliff, clinging to a rope the width of your pinkie, and ask yourself, "Why am I doing this?"
It's inevitable. Fear of heights (and its close cousin, fear of falling) is as deeply...