August 30, 2006 |
Dark tales of real-life crime dominate Hollywood's star-studded assault on the Venice Film Festival this year, with U.S. directors drawing inspiration from murder mysteries of the 1940s, '50s and '60s. The 11-day competition, held along the exclusive Lido beachfront across the water from Venice, kicks off today with the widely anticipated "The Black Dahlia," about two policemen assigned to investigate the brutal murder of an unknown actress.
October 10, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 14 - 20 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Mindful that you might be reading this over breakfast, we'll spare you the gruesome zombie photos and instead give you Danai Gurira, below, as the mysterious Michonne, to herald the return of the apocalyptic horror-drama "The Walking Dead. " (AMC, 9 p.m.) MONDAY Driven from his tribal lands, determined to keep a promise to his dying son, a Native American sues the federal government, and a little-known chapter in U.S. history is revealed, in the new documentary "Standing Bear's Footsteps.
October 28, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Oct. 28 - Nov. 3 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SERIES Scare Tactics: Tracy Morgan hosts this special 3?1/2?-hour marathon of new episodes, featuring hidden-camera pranks with a sci-fi/horror twist (7:30; 8; 8:30; 9; 9:30; 10; 10:30 p.m. Syfy). The Voice: The knockout round begins (8 p.m. NBC). Hawaii Five-0: On Halloween McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and the Five-0 team investigate a gruesome murder with a ritualistic connection and they suspect the killer is about to strike again, in this new episode (10 p.m. CBS)
December 6, 2006 |
Disney / Touchstone Spellbinding turns in "The Prestige" by Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale and Scarlett Johansson. Rudy Youngblood has an outside chance for "Apocalypto." Focus Features Derek Luke has momentum for "Catch a Fire." Fox Searchlight Oscar may shine on Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland"), Richard Griffiths ("The History Boys"), Aaron Eckhart ("Thank You for Smoking") and, possibly, Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine").
January 13, 2013 |
HBO's "Game Change" won a Golden Globe for best miniseries or motion picture made for television Sunday night. Adapted from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's bestselling nonfiction account of the 2008 election, "Game Change" also picked up four Emmys in September. Directed by Jay Roach, it stars Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, Ed Harris as Sen. John McCain and Woody Harrelson as political strategist Steve Schmidt. "Game Change" beat out "The Girl" (HBO), "Hatfields & McCoys" (History)
October 19, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 21 - 27 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SPECIALS Funny as Hell 2012: More performances from the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal (8 p.m. BBC America). MOVIES A Nanny's Revenge: A woman schemes to punish the man she blames for the death of her parents in this 2012 TV drama starring Jodi Lyn O'Keefe and Victoria Pratt (8 p.m. Lifetime). I Married Who?
November 21, 2007 |
Good and creepy, "The Mist" comes from a Stephen King novella and is more the shape, size and quality of the recent "1408," likewise taken from a King story, than anything in the persistently fashionable charnel house inhabited by the "Saw" and "Hostel" franchises. People get torn apart and beset by monsters in "The Mist" but not enough, I'm guessing, for the "Saw" folk, who prefer grinding realism to the supernatural. On the other hand, "1408" exceeded box office expectations.
February 13, 2007 |
Not only is Martin Scorsese one of the most influential filmmakers of the last four decades, the iconoclastic director consistently delivers superior audio commentaries that offer rare insight into his life and the directing process. Unfortunately, there is no Scorsese audio commentary on the two-disc set of "The Departed" (Warner, $35).
January 28, 2011 |
Offering moderately scary Roman Catholic "gotcha!"s to a global film audience of all creeds, "The Rite" comes from the director Mikael Hafstrom, whose previous film was the stylish supernatural thriller "1408. " This one's more conventional, but that's the exorcism sub-genre for you. The crucifix-shaped shadow of "The Exorcist" hangs heavy over each new contributor to the mythology. At one point in "The Rite," Rome's most aggressive devil exterminator, played by Anthony Hopkins, answers his young protege's mutterings with the retort: "What did you expect?
March 18, 2012 |
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $40.99 Director David Fincher and screenwriter Steven Zaillian adapt Stieg Larsson's bestseller "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" into a sophisticated and gripping thriller, sporting excellent lead performances by Daniel Craig as a disgraced reporter and Rooney Mara as a punk hacker. Larsson's story of a gruesome missing-person's case is gratuitously violent at times, and the film runs a little too long — in large part because it goes through about four endings before finally lurching to a stop.