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.
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").
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 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?
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 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)
June 19, 2013 |
"Berberian Sound Studio" - the creepily offbeat new British independent film in which Toby Jones plays a timorous sound-effects specialist working on a '70s Italian horror flick - takes its title and inspiration from the late American mezzo-soprano Cathy Berberian. That's the least director Peter Strickland, whose title for the film is a new music in-joke, could do. But it is also the minimally least we can do to remember the singer who changed singing perhaps more than any vocalist since the 18th century castrato Farinelli turned Handel's and other Baroque composers' musical heads.
December 9, 2011 |
The question at the heart of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" is simplicity itself: Is there a Soviet secret agent at the very highest echelons of British intelligence? Getting to the answer, however, couldn't be more deliciously, thrillingly, brilliantly complex. Starring a surprising Gary Oldman and masterfully directed by Tomas Alfredson, "Tinker Tailor" comes by that complexity honestly, courtesy of the subtle, allusive 1974 John le Carré novel set in a merciless espionage world where trust is an illusion and nothing is remotely what it seems.
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?
April 14, 2012 |
Although I never thought I would say these words in this lifetime, what I really missed was Celine Dion. While watching "Titanic," ABC's ill-paced, sanctimonious and overly stuffed four-part miniseries airing this weekend, it is impossible not to compare it with the James Cameron film of the same name. Completely unfair to screenwriter Julian Fellowes (creator of "Downton Abbey") or anyone else associated with ABC's "Titanic," but as the more than 1,500 folks who lost their lives on that fateful night 100 years ago could tell you, life is often completely unfair.