November 1, 2013
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6 A Case of You A young writer smitten with the barista at his local coffee shop scours her Facebook profile for intel and tries to transform himself into her dream guy. With Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood. Written by Long. Directed by Kat Coiro. IFC Films The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers A documentary tracing six decades of Israel's history, from its founding into the early 21st century. Directed by Richard Trank. Moriah Films FRIDAY, NOV. 8 The Armstrong Lie This documentary follows cyclist Lance Armstrong's return from retirement in 2005 in an attempt to win an eighth Tour de France, and the eventual scandal that resulted from his admitting to the use of performance-enhancing drugs after a federal criminal investigation.
November 7, 2002 |
"The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" Kieran Culkin, Emile Hirsch Columbia TriStar, $28 This is an offbeat and thought-provoking coming-of-age story based on the novel by the late Chris Furhman about the friendship between two Catholic schoolboys (Culkin and Hirsch) who are always causing mischief. Their lives take a tragic turn when they steal a statute of the Virgin Mary from the school.
December 28, 2007 |
The five scariest words in cinema: "Based on a true story." That familiar disclaimer is so ubiquitous as to be virtually invisible. But consider those five words more closely: At once grandiose and weaselly, full of both historical gravitas and mushy ambiguity, proclaiming both fact (it's a true story) and fiction (not so fast, we said "based on"), they elegantly, if inadvertently, distill the ethos of a movie industry that has always strived to have it both ways.
August 18, 2012 |
William Friedkin's film of Tracy Letts' play"Killer Joe" is nasty, brutish and just short enough to concentrate its fiendish energies for maximum wincing effect. As enthralling as it is repulsive, the movie seized hold of my attention with the ferocious tenacity of T-Bone, the pit bull chained to a neighboring trailer home in the trashy Dallas outskirts where the story is set. But when the brutality was finished and the lights came up, I had to wonder about the point of sitting through so much casual bloodshed and prolonged sexual humiliation.
February 24, 2009 |
Vanity Fair's annual post-Academy Awards celebration, which set up shop at West Hollywood's Sunset Tower Hotel, might have had some recession-chic touches -- reused decor from past events and comfort food like chicken pot pie -- but there was no toning down the glam factor. Trophy-toters Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet and Sean Penn air-kissed alongside such nominated actors as Mickey Rourke, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams and musicians Sheryl Crow, Gavin Rossdale and Madonna.
March 2, 2008 |
You will talk about: "10,000 BC." Hollywood has been plundering deep history for the last several years, looking for special-effects-heavy battle stories that will appeal to video game-loving teen boys. And so, in the spirit of "Beowulf" and "300," we have "10,000 BC." It doesn't look like our cup of mastodon tusk tea, but "300" killed at the box office last year with a similar release date. (Friday) -- You could talk about: "Oprah's Big Give." Is there anything Oprah can't do?
August 26, 2004 |
Dogville Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany Lions Gate, $27 As with previous films of his such as "Breaking the Waves," Lars von Trier's three-hour drama is not for everyone's tastes. Theatrically staged with a minimum of sets and props in the style of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," "Dogville" tells the Depression-era tale of Grace (Kidman), a beautiful young woman on the lam from gangsters who arrives one night in a small Rocky Mountain town.
December 12, 2007 |
Sean Penn's "Into the Wild" received a leading seven nominations for the Critics' Choice Awards, announced Tuesday by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. "Juno" got six nominations, and "Atonement," "Michael Clayton," "No Country for Old Men," "Sweeney Todd" and "Hairspray" tied with five each. The 13th annual awards will be presented during a live VH1 broadcast Jan. 7, with D.L. Hughley as host. The Broadcast Film Critics Assn.