| Feb 6, 2014
| 3:07 PM
Earnest and well-intentioned but ultimately inert, "The Monuments Men" talks a better game than it can deliver. Inspired by true tales of World War II derring-do, it can't decide what kind of a film it wants to be and so ends up failing across a fairly...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 11:01 AM
George Clooney's World War II art heist film advanced into theaters Thursday night with a studio-estimated $550,000 in ticket sales from showings starting at 7 p.m.
"Monuments Men," a Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox co-production that cost $70...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Amazon Studios has launched a new screenplay-writing tool that lets scribes create and track projects in the "cloud," hoping it's a carrot to funnel more TV and movie projects into its open-source maw.
How many screenwriters actually find any use in...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Gray is the new black. Night, the new day. Rain, the new sun. Clouds gather, shadows linger. The Oscar-nominated cinematographers' images fill the screen with a beauty only possible in worlds gone monochromatic, turning the most elemental of color...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"LET me explain this. I take a step on the terrace. Where I was just a memory. I take another step -- a memory. Look! A shooting star. It's gone. Shot! It's a memory!"
"You seem very wrought up, dear."
So it went between Elizabeth Taylor and Noel Coward...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:00 PM
These days, it seems as if the collective voice of moviegoers echoes the Taylor Swift lament "Why you gotta be so mean?"
And for once they're not talking about me or my fellow critics.
The discontent and, in some cases, the disdain is directed at some...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The memoir "12 Years A Slave" was published in 1853, a year after Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic, "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
Now Solomon Northup's personal narrative is a bestseller — 161 years after it first came out — through a tie-in to the...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 9:11 AM
"Inside Llewyn Davis" takes place in winter 1961, just before Bob Dylan makes the scene. The scene is the Greenwich Village folk music universe, a few finite blocks of an island that, in the hands of cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, looks and feels like a...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 10:30 AM
"Belle," directed by Amma Asante, will open the Palm Springs Film Fest on Jan. 3 while Roger Michell's "Le Week-End" is the closing night film on Jan. 12.
The desert fest will screen 77 premieres for a total of 187 films from 60 countries.
| Dec 27, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Thanks to Sony's new marketing campaign, you, too, can be a Monuments Man (or Woman).
The latest promotional tool for the George Clooney film is a World War II newsreel-style trailer that serves as an actual campaign to help find missing art. Sony is...
| Jan 1, 2014
Among other landmarks, 2013 was the year of a big comeback for dramatic and comedic TV series about spies, politics and other shenanigans in Washington, D.C.
That's a big turnaround from 1998 when President Bill Clinton's startling scandal with a...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 2:21 PM
I've been a fan of the Coen Brothers' eccentric dark humor for many years. Their unique offbeat style is exemplified in noteworthy movies like "Fargo," "The Big Lebowski" and "No Country for Old Men." This time around, they target a much smaller...