| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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 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...
| 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"...
| 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 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 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...
| Aug 31, 2013
Like you, I have yet not seen any of the fall movies. Nevertheless, perhaps also like you, I still have strong opinions about every single one of them. For instance: This 1970s-period Ron Howard race-car thing, "Rush" (Sept. 27)? If it's so Oscar-ready,...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 10:00 AM
Not a guy to mince words, two-fisted writer-director Samuel Fuller began (and ended) his tabloid classic "Shock Corridor" with a spurious quote from Euripides: "Whom God wishes to destroy he first makes mad." But he might just have well taken his epigraph...