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Whispers in the Dark Wednesday, October 2, 2013
What happens — really — in the movie "Donnie Darko," and what's it all supposed to mean? If you must know the answer, you won't get it in this interview with writer and director Richard Kelly. Frankly — to bring a certain man-sized, demonic …
Heavy Hitter Wednesday, October 2, 2013
"Gravity" is astonishing. It's a mind-blowing, out-of-this-world survival story helmed by the steady, confident hand of director Alfonso Cuaron ("Children of Men"), among the boldest and most innovative visionaries working today. This is filmmaking …
Oct. 2-8 Movies Calendar Wednesday, October 2, 2013
FILM RATINGS 4 stars   JON STEWART 3 stars   JIMMY FALLON 2 stars   JIMMY KIMMEL 1 star   JAY LENO   NOW SHOWING 2 GUNS 2 1/2 …
Porn Prince Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Can we all admit we're at least a little fascinated by porn? If you're a prude or in denial (or both), you've already stopped reading. For the 99 percent of us who can at least admit it to ourselves, "Don Jon" is a movie offering brutally honest …
Character-driven Drama Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Even if you despise racecar driving, "Rush" is utterly captivating from start to finish. The story of archrivals on the Formula One racing scene in 1976, director Ron Howard's latest film is a fascinating character study of two polar opposites in a …
Repeat Forecast Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Some sequels try to take the characters to new places and new adventures. Others play it safe and put the characters back into what amounts to a new version of the same problem they had last time. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" chose …
Sept. 25-Oct. 1 Movies Calendar Wednesday, September 25, 2013
FILM RATINGS 4 stars   2 DAYS IN PARIS 3 stars   21 GRAMS 2 stars   200 CIGARETTES 1 star   2012   NOW SHOWING 2 GUNS 2 1/2 …
Family Ties Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The good news first: "The Family" offers hope that Robert De Niro's Oscar-nominated role in "Silver Linings Playbook" last year was not a fluke and that the enormously talented actor is finally being more selective with his roles after almost a …
Sept. 18-24 Movies Calendar Wednesday, September 18, 2013
4 stars   DRIVING MISS DAISY 3 stars   STEEL MAGNOLIAS 2 stars   THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE 1 star   THE BLACK DAHLIA    NOW …
Horror Recycled Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Quick: Name the last horror movie sequel that was better than its original. If you're drawing a blank, that's expected. Many sequels falter trying to recreate the appeal of the original while bringing novelty to a new story, and horror movies …