| Aug 9, 2012
| 10:11 AM
Because of star Kristen Stewart's off-screen ties to director Rupert Sanders, this dark reimagining of the fairy tale has gotten recent attention its makers likely would prefer not to have.
Just on its merits as a film, it certainly is an original view...
| Feb 28, 2013
**1/2 (out of four)
After countless identical Jason Statham movies, the rugged, ground-level toughness of British actioner “The Sweeney” comes as a breath of fresh, brutal air. “We’re the Sweeney, [bleep]head. You’re nicked,...
| Feb 28, 2013
Movie shootouts are often dazzling feats of marksmanship. Few filmmakers have the guts to show their version of "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" the way such gunfights actually go down — dozens of rounds, most missing the mark; pistols popping off,...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 4:40 PM
Martin Scorsese's “Hugo” is a children's film for grownups — grownup film buffs. It's a charming and quite gorgeous exercise in thew few corners of the medium where the Oscar-winning filmmaker has next to no experience — children's...
| Nov 11, 2011
"London Boulevard," starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley, is a pitch-black thriller with ruthless drug bosses and relentless paparazzi sharing bad guy billing. Would that the movie were pitch perfect as well.
It's clear that writer-director William...
| Nov 22, 2011
Rich and stimulating even when it wanders, director Martin Scorsese's first 3-D effort, "Hugo," takes place mostly within the confines of a railway station modeled on Montparnasse. The story, developed by screenwriter John Logan from Brian Selznick's...
| Nov 25, 2011
| 2:14 PM
Martin Scorsese is not the first name that pops to mind when you say “family entertainment.” But he is a great director, and his new “Hugo” proves that his reach extends beyond hard-edged urban films (“Taxi Driver,”...
| Nov 26, 2011
| 11:24 AM
I’ll start by telling you my problems with Hugo, before heaping all the praise on this whimsically wonderful film.
They took a kids book (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) by La Jolla resident Brian Selznick (relative of film legend David O. Selznick,...
| Oct 15, 2011
| 1:00 PM
Taking someone else's identity can be a really bad idea, as the young man (Sam Riley) at the heart of this melodrama quickly learns. The person he's posing as is dead, so there shouldn't be a problem. Right? Wrong ... since the deceased man had...