| Dec 20, 2013
| 5:08 AM
In this season of joy, television is delivering major presents this weekend. So what if you've seen many before?
The fresh gift is a new "Saturday Night Live" hosted by Jimmy Fallon. Justin Timberlake is the musical guest at 11:30 p.m....
| Oct 17, 2013
| 7:00 AM
With her wide-eyed glare of grave intensity, the actress Chloe Grace Moretz appears destined for her share of artfully crafted, slightly unnecessary horror remakes. She starred in "Let Me In," the American version of the terrific Swedish vampire picture...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 5:00 AM
By 1980, John Landis had a string of successes under his belt — including "The Kentucky Fried Movie," "Animal House" and "The Blues Brothers" — but the writer-director had long been unable to get his script for "An American Werewolf in London"...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 3:00 AM
The first thing you notice about the short film is that you never hear dialogue, only the dreamy, Daniel Lanois-type score. Instead, it's subtitled — even though the actors appear to be speaking in English.
In the opening scenes, a young woman...
| Nov 15, 2013
Re "A rapid-fire surge in PG-13 violence," Nov. 12
Many film and television producers are wrong to think that the content of a film or a TV program has no effect on the viewers.
Violence does not satirize the media culture; it succumbs to it, idolizes...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 2:22 PM
Matt Chojnacki couldn't remember the last time he liked a movie poster.
He couldn't recall the last time he went to a movie theater, looked at the posters and, compelled by the cleverness of the images, decided which movie to see. He used to do this all...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Scott Cooper is an actor's director.
That term may be thrown around a lot, but the actor-turned-writer-director-producer truly fits the bill. After an "unremarkable career as an actor" ("I wasn't going to have Matt's career, Ben's or Jude's or all...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 8:30 AM
When a movie has little dialogue and even fewer sound effects, what keeps the audience tethered emotionally to the story? And how can a film seamlessly blend the idea of death and a child's wide-eyed wonderment? Through its music, of course. Here are four...
| Aug 1, 2013
SeaWorld would no doubt prefer that the public forget about Dawn Brancheau, the trainer who died in an attack by a killer whale at its Orlando theme park more than three years ago. But that's unlikely to happen in the near future — not after the...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 2:30 PM
With all due respect to Johnny Depp and Errol Flynn, piracy is a lot more complicated than Hollywood makes it look. How refreshing, therefore, that Paul Greengrass and company go out of their way to provide valuable context while also avoiding reductive...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 12:00 PM
“Sharks. Tornado. Sharknado.”
That, right there, was the entire promo ad for the Syfy channel’s latest campy, poorly produced, shamefully acted, and horribly written masterpiece.
Look, I’m a seasoned vet...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 11:56 AM
Syfy's "Sharknado" premiered Thursday night, devouring the popularity of the network's previous campy shark flicks such as "Dinoshark," "Sharktopus" and the "Mega Shark Versus ..." duo. (That'd be "Crocosaurus" and "Giant Octopus.")
According to Syfy,...