| Jun 19, 2014
| 6:50 AM
It helps, when you're a movie star, to be what they call "movie star handsome."
But don't tell that to Guy Pearce. A leading man, oft-employed as a dashing cad ("The King's Speech") or chiseled villain ("Iron Man 3"), he still thinks of himself as a...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 11:30 AM
As the small-scale puzzler "Coherence" brings four well-appointed couples together for a dinner party on the night of a rare astronomical event, the prevailing expectation of writer-director James Ward Byrkit's film is that something disruptive will...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 8:20 AM
They should've killed him when they had the chance.
'Twas ever thus in revenge thrillers. The "hero" is wronged, injured, left for dead.
Only he isn't. And since he's Guy ("Memento") Pearce, we reckon there'll be heck to pay.
"The Rover" is set in...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 1:50 PM
Inspired by the sensational real-life tabloid fodder that jolted Hong Kong in 2006, "That Demon Within" centers on an unstable cop's psychological deterioration throughout the investigation of a grisly diamond heist.
Not unlike most of its Hollywood...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 1:20 PM
Several years back, after Johnny Depp's twin triumphs in "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" and the first "Pirates of the Caribbean," I started referring to him as the God Who Walks Among Us. (I think that qualifies as "ironic hyperbole.") Now, in...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 8:36 PM
Wally Pfister is one of Hollywood's most renowned cinematographers of complex visual screenplays.
He won an Oscar for his work on the groundbreaking sci-fi twister "Inception." He was nominated for "The Prestige" and two Batman movies. He was director...
| 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 1, 2014
| 8:27 PM
However long other ticket buyers stand in line to see "Don't Quit: The Joe Roth Story," Mike White has waited longer.
Nearly four decades, in fact.
White, the former football coach at UC Berkeley, has hoped to see a film about the story of Roth, the...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Shortly before he began shooting his new artificial-intelligence thriller "Transcendence" last year, filmmaker Wally Pfister flew Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz, a pair of UC Berkeley scientists, to his office in Los Angeles. Professional consultants...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 12:30 PM
It may not be to most actors' tastes, but Matthew McConaughey is sounding oddly happy about his smaller paydays.
"For the first time in my career, I lost money! No joke!" the actor says.
Then again, McConaughey has reason to smile; his choice to...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 6:30 AM
If you're suffering Hollywood career doubts and need a little advice, there are worse people you could turn to than Christopher Nolan.
That's the situation Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister found himself in several years ago when he debated...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 8:30 PM
The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley's screenplay for "12 Years a Slave."
The guild's restrictions -- far more rigorous...