| Jul 18, 2014
| 12:30 PM
It's becoming an annual ritual: Each summer at this time, the studios review their box office numbers and assure us, "Don't worry, next year will be better."
Hence, while summer 2014 has been blah (down almost 20%), we're reminded that in 2015, the...
| May 9, 2014
| 8:34 AM
It is a savage and sorrowful story, the life of Paul Crump.
It ended in 2002 when he was 72. He died at Chester Mental Health Center in a rural area near the banks of the Mississippi River in that southern part of Illinois known locally as Little Egypt....
| May 14, 2014
| 12:30 PM
The Cannes Film Festival has always provided the perfect stage to make propitious announcements given the insatiable appetite of the world press that gathers in the South of France each year for the celebrated event. But even Cannes veterans were...
| May 15, 2014
| 8:33 AM
There are several recurring themes running through this year's summer film season. The Wadsworth Atheneum puts the focus on food and classic screen beauties. The Connecticut LGBT Film Festival has several documentaries about gay celebrities. Classic...
| May 15, 2014
| 11:05 AM
The release of a new "Godzilla" movie is never the best occasion to illustrate the importance of subtlety. Couple that with a few facts — this latest "Godzilla" is a Warner Bros. production with a budget far north of $100 million, released at the...
| May 19, 2014
By the time I left "That's What You Get," I was pretty sure the title referred to abdominal strain. I spent more time belly-laughing at this well-crafted roundup of comedy sketches than at any other show at Fringe this year.
James Honey directs his cast...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Southington Drive-In, at 935 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, starts a new summer season of fun weekend classic film events with the most iconic summer blockbuster ever: "Jaws" on Saturday, June 7.
The drive-in charges $15 per carload, $10 for Southington...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 2:31 PM
Directorial acclaim never comes easy. When it hits, though, the results can be significant not only for the helmer but for cinema itself. We take a look back at the films that propelled some of today’s most celebrated directors to prominence....
| Apr 25, 2014
| 10:00 AM
It's not quite May, but I have officially begun my search for the perfect popcorn movie. That's what we call the big box-office bruisers that swagger through our summers because expectations are strangely both high — and low. A quick fix of fun...
| Feb 28, 2014
In reflecting on the kingdom he created, Walt Disney once said, "It all started with a mouse." For filmmaker Steven Spielberg, it all started with a truck. That is the premise that drives "Steven Spielberg and Duel: The Making of a Film Career" by...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 4:00 PM
It had been only two years since I'd graduated film school, and I was beginning to get quite serious about a girl who was at UC Davis studying life sciences. Robin had a bright, empirical mind, balanced by a kind, adventurous personality, and I was in...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:30 PM
In "Jaws," Steven Spielberg realized it was more frightening to withhold the shark than to show it. With "History of Fear," budding Argentine helmer Benjamin Naishtat takes that tactic one step further, delivering a tense sociological thriller in which he...