March 18, 2011 |
Straightforward and solid but only mildly involving, "Winter in Wartime" is the coming-of-age story of a Dutch teen boy, set during the final months of World War II. Director Martin Koolhoven elicits strong performances in the handsomely photographed feature but fails to sustain tension, creating a work that's smooth and reassuring, never truly gripping. Based on a 1972 children's novel by Jan Terlouw, the film avoids troubling ambiguities, resolving each challenge or conflict almost as soon as it arises.
March 27, 2011
SUNDAY Have your tickets and passports ready as "Travel Channel Uncut: Bloopers and Wrong Turns" shares previously unseen goofs and gaffes by the likes of "Bizarre Foods'" Andrew Zimmern and "Man vs. Food's" Adam Richman. (Travel, 8 p.m.) We Americans fought ? and won ? two wars against the British crown, and yet we still loves us some royalty. "William & Kate: Inside the Royal Wedding" is just one of many such specials airing in the run-up to the happy couple's big day. (TLC, 10 p.m.)
April 1, 2011 |
Considering Chris Albrecht is a former HBO head, his first call at Starz, the new sword 'n' sorcery drama "Camelot," should have been bulletproof. It's produced by Oscar-winning Graham King ("The Departed," "The Aviator"), created and written by Michael Hirst ("The Tudors") and Chris Chibnall ("Torchwood," "Dr. Who") and stars Joseph Fiennes ("Elizabeth," "Shakespeare in Love") as Merlin and smoky-eyed former Bond girl Eva Green as his archnemesis Morgan. Instead, this sexed-up, semi-humanized retelling of the Arthurian legend is possibly the worst reworking of a British legend since Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood.
December 21, 2007 |
Tim BURTON'S adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece "Sweeney Todd" is a funny, moody musical blood bath. It's also notably cuter than its famous theatrical predecessors -- which I guess is what happens when you cast Johnny Depp as the serial throat-slitter and Helena Bonham Carter as his cannibal pie-making accomplice.
August 21, 2013 |
Director Harald Zwart was in a forest outside of Toronto on Friday, looking for a possible home for fairies to live. After finding a proper wooded locale, he would have to quickly shower and change into a suit and tie for the Canadian premiere his new movie, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. " It's not unusual for a director to be promoting one film while setting up the next. But in today's risk-averse Hollywood, it's rare for that next project to be a sequel before the first film has even proved itself at the box office.
April 28, 2013
The 2013 Summer Movie Preview is a snapshot of films opening through the end of August. Release dates (for Los Angeles) and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. FOR THE RECORD: Sneaks list: In the April 28 Calendar section's Summer Sneaks list of coming movies, the character name Themistokles was misspelled as Themistocles in an item for "300: Rise of an Empire" as well as in a caption under a photo of actor Sullivan Stapleton from that movie.