For ‘Batman v Superman,’ a Supersized Box Office

This post was originally published on this site By BROOKS BARNES March 27, 2016 LOS ANGELES — As a box office megadraw, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” more than did its job, taking in an estimated $170.1 million in North America and an additional $254 million in simultaneous release overseas. But […]

Batman vs. Superman, by the Numbers

This post was originally published on this site By MEKADO MURPHY March 27, 2016 With Batman and Superman battling each other for the first time in a feature film, here’s a look back at how the two have stacked up onscreen in live-action theatrical releases before “Batman v Superman.” [ Read our […]

Robert De Niro Defends Screening of Anti-Vaccine Film at Tribeca Festival

This post was originally published on this site By MELENA RYZIK and PAM BELLUCK March 25, 2016 In a decision that has dredged up the widely debunked link between vaccines and autism, the Tribeca Film Festival plans to screen a film by a discredited former doctor whose research caused widespread alarm about the issue. […]

Night Out: Sally Field on the ‘Newest Stage’ of Her Life

This post was originally published on this site March 25, 2016 By RUTH LA FERLA If Sally Field nursed a hope of dodging notice at the Whitney Museum of American Art this month, that hope was crushed when she stretched her 5-foot-3-inch frame on an outsize banquette, its cushioned surface […]

‘Batman v Superman’ Battles the Critics

This post was originally published on this site By JONAH BROMWICH March 25, 2016 “: Dawn of Justice” has been ripped apart by critics. The movie had sunk to a 31 percent on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing, joining other critically disparaged superhero films like the “Fantastic Four” reboot of 2015 […]

Review: ‘April and the Extraordinary World,’ Animated Sci-Fi From France

This post was originally published on this site NYT Critics’ Pick By GLENN KENNY March 24, 2016 Who says they don’t make mind-bending French science-fiction like they used to? Well, very few people, if any, I reckon. But the thought — or something similar to it — crossed my mind while watching […]

Review: ‘I Saw the Light,’ a Hank Williams Biopic

This post was originally published on this site By MANOHLA DARGIS March 24, 2016 In the big-screen memorial “I Saw the Light,” the music legend Hank Williams strums a guitar and hits the road and the bottle, all while flashing a smile as blinding as the lights of a semi on a […]

Review: ‘Get a Job’ Portrays Work as an Object of Ambivalent Desire

This post was originally published on this site By NICOLAS RAPOLD March 24, 2016 Generically written but featuring a promising cast, “Get a Job” is a long-shelved movie, mostly about 20-somethings entering the sink-or-swim labor force. Miles Teller, Anna Kendrick, Bryan Cranston, Marcia Gay Harden and Alison Brie star in this comedy, […]

A Mother’s Death, a Daughter’s Life: Remembering Natalie Wood

This post was originally published on this site By KATHERINE ROSMAN March 19, 2016 LOS ANGELES — The home that Natasha Gregson Wagner shares with her husband, his sons and their daughter in Venice, a seaside neighborhood here, smells clean in a non-antiseptic way and, on a recent visit, faintly of the […]

Scorsese, De Niro and Co-Stars Reunite for ‘Taxi Driver’ Screening

This post was originally published on this site By STEPHANIE GOODMAN March 18, 2016 “You talkin’ to me? Well I’m the only one here,” Robert De Niro, playing Travis Bickle, famously riffs in the mirror in “Taxi Driver.” Next month, many more will be listening when Mr. De Niro reunites with that […]

Review: ‘Take Me to the River’ Immerses a Teenager in Scandal at a Family Reunion

This post was originally published on this site By NICOLAS RAPOLD March 17, 2016 In Matt Sobel’s “Take Me to the River,” a gay California teenager becomes enmeshed in scandal during a family reunion in Nebraska. What looks like a coming-of-age premise, though, is upended by a dubious plot involving suspected sexual […]

A New Map to Hank Williams’s Lost Highways

This post was originally published on this site By ALAN LIGHT March 16, 2016 In the new film “I Saw the Light,” a surly , played by Tom Hiddleston, grudgingly consents to an interview with a New York City newspaper reporter. The writer asks Williams how he explains his popularity. “Everybody has […]

Review: ‘Miracles From Heaven,’ Starring Jennifer Garner as the Mother of a Sick Child

This post was originally published on this site By KEN JAWOROWSKI March 15, 2016 Until it delivers an eye-rolling scene near the end, “Miracles From Heaven” is an unexpectedly effective tear-jerker. More surprising still, that late diversion doesn’t negate much of the movie’s early sincerity. “Miracles From Heaven” is based on “the […]

Review: ‘Fireworks Wednesday,’ a Domestic Drama From Iran

This post was originally published on this site By STEPHEN HOLDEN March 15, 2016 If you didn’t know that the continual explosions heard in Asghar Farhadi’s film “Fireworks Wednesday” were the sounds of firecrackers and cherry bombs celebrating the Persian New Year in the streets of Tehran, they could easily be mistaken […]

Disney to Bring Back ‘Indiana Jones,’ With Harrison Ford

This post was originally published on this site By BROOKS BARNES March 15, 2016 LOS ANGELES — Indy lives. Walt Disney Studios on Tuesday said that it would restart the “Indiana Jones” movie franchise, with Steven Spielberg again in the director’s chair and Harrison Ford reprising the title role. The fifth film […]

Ben Affleck’s ‘Broken’ Batman

This post was originally published on this site By DAVE ITZKOFF March 14, 2016 SANTA MONICA, Calif. — On the morning of the Academy Awards, Ben Affleck was at my hotel door. He entered with neither the swagger of Bruce Wayne nor the bravado of Batman, just with a quiet apology for […]

Review: ‘The Young Messiah’ Depicts Jesus as a Boy Discovering His Powers

This post was originally published on this site By ANDY WEBSTER March 13, 2016 Limping into theaters this weekend was yet another entry in the current avalanche of religious-themed movies: Cyrus Nowrasteh’s “The Young Messiah,” which imagines the life of Jesus at age 7. Adapted from Anne Rice’s 2005 best seller “Christ […]

Politics Invade Hollywood

This post was originally published on this site By MICHAEL CIEPLY March 13, 2016 LOS ANGELES — In a presidential election year, the only real “October surprise” from Hollywood would be a complete absence of films with political tinges. But don’t worry. It won’t happen. Already, release schedules for the months preceding […]

How Gwyneth Paltrow Likes to Travel

This post was originally published on this site By SHIVANI VORA March 11, 2016 It’s not just about conscious uncoupling and recipes for “superpowered avocado toast.” Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle site, may be most famous for being the place where the Oscar-winning actress popularized a way to describe divorce and a forum […]

Review: ‘Boom Bust Boom,’ a Pythonesque Look at Financial Crashes

This post was originally published on this site By KEN JAWOROWSKI March 10, 2016 “This film is about the Achilles’ heel of capitalism,” Terry Jones says at the opening of “Boom Bust Boom.” “How human nature drives the economy to crisis after crisis, time and time again.” It’s an ominous statement, and […]

Review: In ‘About Scout,’ a Young Woman Searches for Her Sister

This post was originally published on this site By NEIL GENZLINGER March 10, 2016 “About Scout” is another entry in the “charming road movie” genre, one that banks a little too heavily on charm and not enough on story. The two young leads pair engagingly, though, and the screenwriter and director, Laurie […]

‘Midnight Special’ and ‘The Invitation’ Deliver Higher Powers, Bigger Jolts

This post was originally published on this site By MEKADO MURPHY March 10, 2016 Could a young boy donning blue swimming goggles be a savior? Could a spirited couple at a Los Angeles dinner party have the solution for spiritual malaise? Could a charismatic young blond woman in a basement be the […]

In Portland, Oregon, a Warm Embrace of Tango

This post was originally published on this site March 8, 2016 By JESSICA COLLEY CLARKE On a gray Wednesday afternoon in Southeast Portland, Ore., someone flicked on the lights in Tango Berretín, a dance studio devoted entirely to Argentine tango. Alex Krebs, the owner, teacher and acclaimed dancer, pressed play […]

Pat Conroy, Author of ‘The Prince of Tides’ and ‘The Great Santini,’ Dies at 70

This post was originally published on this site By WILLIAM GRIMES March 5, 2016 Pat Conroy, whose tortured family life and the scenic marshlands of coastal South Carolina served as unending sources of inspiration for his fiction, notably the novels “The Great Santini,” “The Lords of Discipline” and “The Prince of Tides,” […]

Review: ‘They Will Have to Kill Us First’ Documents Malian Music in Exile

This post was originally published on this site By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS March 3, 2016 Filmed partly in and on the war-ravaged streets of Timbuktu and Gao, Johanna Schwartz’s miraculously hopeful documentary, “They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile,” delivers a vibrant testimony of resilience under oppression. When, in […]

Twilight in the House of Ghibli, as ‘The Boy and the Beast’ Roars

This post was originally published on this site By MIKE HALE March 3, 2016 To much of the world, Studio Ghibli has defined Japanese animation since the 1990s, producing classics like Hayao Miyazaki’s “Princess Mononoke” and Isao Takahata’s “Grave of the Fireflies.” But those titans of the genre haven’t made a film […]

Review: In ‘Zootopia,’ an Intrepid Bunny Chases Her Dreams

This post was originally published on this site NYT Critics’ Pick By NEIL GENZLINGER March 3, 2016 Easter is still weeks away, but pet stores may find that the added demand for rabbits the holiday brings will come early this year thanks to the irresistible “Zootopia,” an with an intrepid bunny named […]

Ellen Page Explores L.G.B.T. Travel in New Documentary Series

This post was originally published on this site By DIANE DANIEL March 2, 2016 Ellen Page, 29, best known for her Oscar-nominated role in “Juno” and recently starring in “Freeheld” with Julianne Moore, has become an advocate for L.G.B.T. rights after coming out as a lesbian in 2014. In the past year, […]

After Oscars, Hashtags Ask: Does One Minority Group Have to Fight for Another?

This post was originally published on this site Chris Rock, who hosted the 2016 Academy Awards, confronted the issue of diversity in his opening monologue. By KAREN WORKMAN March 2, 2016 No sooner had the curtains closed on the 88th Academy Awards, which was punctuated by Chris Rock’s scathing but broadly praised […]

‘Spotlight’ Oscar Warms Boston Globe, and Journalism

This post was originally published on this site “Our reporting is getting a new life because of this movie,” Sacha Pfeiffer, a Boston Globe reporter, said of “Spotlight,” above. By TIMOTHY PRATT February 29, 2016 Less than two months ago, Boston Globe reporters and editors were delivering thousands of copies of their […]

Review: In ‘Songs My Brothers Taught Me,’ Reservation Dreams and Their Limits

This post was originally published on this site John Reddy in “Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” written and directed by Chloé Zhao. By STEPHEN HOLDEN March 1, 2016 “Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” a melancholic portrait of Lakota Indian life on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the South Dakota Badlands, suggests a […]

Chris Rock’s Asian Joke at Oscars Provokes Backlash

This post was originally published on this site Chris Rock’s joke involved children pretending to be accountants at the Oscars on Sunday. By MELENA RYZIK February 29, 2016 Amid generally positive reviews of his jabs at Hollywood and #OscarsSoWhite, the host of Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, Chris Rock, is being taken to task […]

Oscar Winners 2016

This post was originally published on this site Alicia Vikander accepts the award for Best Supporting Actress. Compiled by JOSHUA BARONE February 28, 2016 The Oscars so far | live updates from the Academy Awards | Red carpet photos These are the winners of the 88th annual Academy Awards. Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, […]

Boston Suburb Deals Setback to Marathon Bombing Movie

This post was originally published on this site Mark Wahlberg is to star in “Patriot’s Day,” directed by Peter Berg. By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE February 27, 2016 The makers of a movie about the Boston Marathon bombing have scrapped plans to film the traumatic shootout scenes on location in Watertown, Mass., because the […]

‘The Revenant’ Author Michael Punke Has a Day Job

This post was originally published on this site Michael Punke, the United States deputy trade representative, is the author of “The Revenant.” The film version has been nominated for 12 Oscars. By ALEXANDRA ALTER February 26, 2016 There are five literary adaptations in the Oscar race for best picture this year, including […]

The T Takes on Four Oscar-Nominated Writer/Directors

This post was originally published on this site By T MAGAZINE February 26, 2016 Household names and newcomers alike have made it onto the 2016 Academy Awards ballot — and into the pages of T. Ahead of Sunday night’s ceremony, a guide to the some of the talent we’ve met along the […]

My Kabubble, Starring Tina Fey

This post was originally published on this site By KIM BARKER February 26, 2016 In March 2014, I took a BuzzFeed quiz called “What Actress Would Play You in the Movie Version of Your Life?” Among my answers to nine typically nonsensical survey questions were monkey emoji, electric guitar and penguin. With […]

The National Park Service, at 100, Gets Its Own Film

This post was originally published on this site The sun falls on the buttes and sandstone walls of Capitol Reef National Park in Utah, one of the lesser known national parks. By SHIVANI VORA February 26, 2016 America’s first national park, Yellowstone, was designated in 1872, but it wasn’t until 1916 that […]

Review: Marguerite & Julien, a Tale of Siblings in Love

This post was originally published on this site ­Jérémie Elkaïm and Anaïs Demoustier as siblings who are a couple in “Marguerite & Julien.” By GLENN KENNY February 25, 2016 This distressing film, directed by Valérie Donzelli from a script by Ms. Donzelli and Jérémie Elkaïm, has an admirable pedigree. Its roots are […]

Review: ‘The Last Man on the Moon’ Is the Story of Just That

This post was originally published on this site The Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan on the moon in 1972, during his third spaceflight. He turns 82 in March. By NEIL GENZLINGER February 25, 2016 You already know the history told in “The Last Man on the Moon,” but this story just never […]

Review: ‘King Georges’ Chronicles a Famed Restaurant’s Downfall

This post was originally published on this site The chef Georges Perrier. By NICOLAS RAPOLD February 25, 2016 Bustling about crowded kitchens, barking orders and taunts in Franglais, and measuring in at 5-foot-and-a-toque, the chef Georges Perrier cuts a cartoonish figure in Erika Frankel’s new food documentary, “King Georges.” Ms. Frankel’s rather […]

Review: ‘Eddie the Eagle’ Revels in Its Underdog Status

This post was originally published on this site Taron Egerton as Eddie Edwards, left, and Hugh Jackman as his ski-jumping coach in “Eddie the Eagle.” By NEIL GENZLINGER February 25, 2016 “Eddie the Eagle” is a good-natured film about the British Olympian Eddie Edwards, but it would be better if it respected […]

Review: In ‘Backtrack,’ Adrien Brody Treats Dead People

This post was originally published on this site Robin McLeavy and Adrien Brody in “Backtrack.” By NEIL GENZLINGER February 25, 2016 Buy into the idea of recovered memories, and then buy into the idea of their recovery at a pace nicely suited to a feature-length film, and you’ll get a decent ride […]

Anatomy of a Scene: John Hillcoat Narrates a Scene From ‘Triple 9’

This post was originally published on this site Video John Hillcoat Narrates a sequence from the film. February 25, 2016 Anatomy of a Scene By MEKADO MURPHY Corrupt police officers work with gang members and the Russian mob to pull off a heist in “Triple 9,” an action thriller directed […]

‘Spotlight’ Journalists Grapple With Big-Screen Portrayals

This post was originally published on this site Martin Baron, The Washington Post’s executive editor, in 2014. By MIKE McPHATE February 24, 2016 “Journalistic objectivity be damned. I’m hoping it wins the entire lot.” That’s Martin Baron, the executive editor of The Washington Post and former editor of The Boston Globe. It […]

App Smart: The Best Apps for Delivering Celebrity News

This post was originally published on this site February 24, 2016 By KIT EATON Everyone loves a bit of celebrity-watching, and the Oscars give us plenty of excuses to do so. One great way to keep on top of all the gossip is through an app, and there are plenty […]

CBS Films Aims to Recreate Shootout After Boston Marathon Bombing

This post was originally published on this site Mark Wahlberg is to star in “Patriot’s Day,” directed by Peter Berg. By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE February 23, 2016 For a coming film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, CBS Films is seeking permission to recreate the night of terror in Watertown, Mass., the suburb […]

The Carpetbagger: ‘Son of Saul’ Leads Foreign Language Race, but Look Out for ‘Mustang’

This post was originally published on this site Geza Rohrig as Saul in “Son of Saul.” February 23, 2016 The Carpetbagger By RACHEL DONADIO “Son of Saul,” the Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes’s debut feature set at Auschwitz-Birkenau, is widely seen as the front-runner for the Academy Award for best foreign […]

Heads Up: In Las Vegas, Live Music for the Coachella Crowd

This post was originally published on this site Bryson Tiller at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on Jan. 30. February 23, 2016 By ROBERT SPUHLER The view from the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was breathtaking and ridiculous, a pairing the city knows well; the fourth-floor oasis sits […]

Film Academy Trips Over Its Own Rules, Racing to Answer Calls for Diversity

This post was originally published on this site Envelopes and award announcement cards for the 88th Oscars to be held Sunday. By MICHAEL CIEPLY February 22, 2016 LOS ANGELES — Not so fast. In announcing diversity-oriented institutional reforms after a special session of its governing board last month, the Academy of Motion […]

Hollywood’s Inclusion Problem Extends Beyond the Oscars, Study Says

This post was originally published on this site David Oyelowo discussing a scene with the director Ava DuVernay on the set of “Selma.” By MIKE McPHATE February 22, 2016 Men far outnumber women as directors, writers and industry executives. Minorities are drastically underrepresented in acting roles. Lesbian, gay and transgender characters are […]

The Carpetbagger: Sylvester Stallone on the Weakest Link in ‘Creed’: Himself

This post was originally published on this site Sylvester Stallone February 22, 2016 The Carpetbagger By CARA BUCKLEY It’s too easy to surmise, given Sylvester Stallone’s slightly slurred and deliberate manner of speaking (the result of facial nerve damage caused by rough forceps at birth), as well as his most […]

What Does the Academy Value in a Black Performance?

This post was originally published on this site Will Smith as Muhammad Ali in “Ali” (2001). By BRANDON K. THORP February 19, 2016 When the Oscar nominations were announced last month, revealing that not one black actor was in the running, the resulting furor touched on the performances that critics said should have […]

Actors in Pornographic Films Fight Proposal to Enforce Safety Regulations

This post was originally published on this site California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board member Patty Quinlan, right, listens with other members during a meeting regarding proposed regulations for the adult entertainment industry. By THOMAS FULLER February 18, 2016 OAKLAND, Calif. — The California pornographic film industry turned out in force […]

Review: In ‘Forsaken,’ the Sutherlands Bond in the Old West

This post was originally published on this site Kiefer Sutherland, left, and his father, Donald Sutherland, star as a son and his dad in the western “Forsaken.” By NEIL GENZLINGER February 18, 2016 A starry father-son pairing is largely squandered in “Forsaken,” an old-school western that is a little too old school […]

Review: ‘Risen,’ a Tale of Conversion Starring Joseph Fiennes

This post was originally published on this site By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS February 18, 2016 Unfolding like a clunky episode of “Law & Order,” the biblical procedural “Risen” confronts the through the stiffly skeptical countenance of Joseph Fiennes, who takes on the role of Clavius, a Roman army tribune, as if it were […]

Review: ‘Snowtime!’ Tells of an Escalating Snowball War

This post was originally published on this site A scene from “Snowtime!,” an animated remake by Jean-François Pouliot of the 1984 French Canadian film “La Guerre des Tuques.” By NEIL GENZLINGER February 18, 2016 You don’t realize how thoroughly a certain style of animated children’s movie has become the norm until you […]

Review: ‘Rolling Papers’ Follows The Denver Post on the Marijuana Beat

This post was originally published on this site A scene from “Rolling Papers.” By NEIL GENZLINGER February 18, 2016 It’s not exactly “Spotlight,” but it is about journalists. “Rolling Papers,” a documentary, chronicles the response of The Denver Post to the legalization of marijuana in Colorado: The news organization appointed a marijuana […]

Review: In ‘The Witch,’ a Family’s Contract With God Is Tested

This post was originally published on this site Anya Taylor-Joy in “The Witch.” By MANOHLA DARGIS February 18, 2016 A finely calibrated shiver of a movie, “The Witch” opens on a scene of religious wrath. On a New England plantation, around 1630, a true believer, William (Ralph Ineson), and his family are […]

Anatomy of a Scene: Stephen Hopkins Narrates a Scene From ‘Race’

This post was originally published on this site Video Stephen Hopkins narrates a sequence from his film “Race,” featuring Stephan James as Jesse Owens. February 18, 2016 Anatomy of a Scene By MEKADO MURPHY The biopic “Race” looks at the life of the Jesse Owens, following him through his competition […]

Holding Out Hope for ‘Room’ to Win the Oscar for Best Picture

This post was originally published on this site Jacob Tremblay, left, and Brie Larson in “Room,” an Oscar nominee for best picture. By BROOKS BARNES and MICHAEL CIEPLY February 18, 2016 LOS ANGELES — Surprises almost never happen anymore at the Academy Awards. The vote-mongering machinery and punditry have grown too powerful. But what […]

Channing Tatum Gives ‘Hail, Caesar!’ a Tap-Dancing Kick

This post was originally published on this site Left to right on tables, Patrick LaVallee, Ryan Vandenboom, Channing Tatum, Luke Hawkins and Ryan Kasprzak in “Hail, Caesar!” By GIA KOURLAS February 17, 2016 What turned into one of the most memorable dances on film in recent years started modestly with this description, […]

Frugal Traveler: Vegas on the Cheap? Get Off the Strip

This post was originally published on this site The Fremont Street area offers plenty of attractions. February 17, 2016 Lucas Peterson FRUGAL TRAVELER Things were in full swing when I arrived at the Fremont Street Experience, a covered outdoor street fair that functions as the throbbing party vein of downtown […]

Review: ‘Embrace of the Serpent,’ Where Majesty Meets Monstrosity

This post was originally published on this site A scene from “Embrace of the Serpent,” Ciro Guerra’s film about the despoliation of the Amazon and its peoples, which opens on Wednesday. By STEPHEN HOLDEN February 16, 2016 “The horror! The horror!” The terminal valediction of Kurtz in Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” […]

The Carpetbagger: A Possible Preview of Next Year’s Oscar Race

This post was originally published on this site Rebecca Hall in “Christine.” February 16, 2016 The Carpetbagger By CARA BUCKLEY Too early to talk about next year’s Oscar race? Never! But after “Christine,” one the buzziest films out of Sundance this year, failed to sell before the festival’s close last […]

The Carpetbagger: How the Bafta Winners Do (and Don’t) Foretell the Oscars

This post was originally published on this site Leonardo DiCaprio at the Royal Opera House in London, where he won a Bafta. February 15, 2016 The Carpetbagger By CARA BUCKLEY Huge surprises out of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards Sunday: Leonardo DiCaprio kissed Maggie Smith for […]

Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern Join Cast of New ‘Star Wars’ Film

This post was originally published on this site By DANIEL VICTOR February 15, 2016 Hot on the heels of the record-setting “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the next installment of the franchise began filming in London on Monday, with Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern joining the cast, the Walt Disney Company […]

‘Deadpool’ Has Biggest Opening on Record in North America for R-Rated Film

This post was originally published on this site By BROOKS BARNES February 14, 2016 LOS ANGELES — Welcome to the A-list, Deadpool. In a triumph of audacious marketing, risky filmmaking and cost consciousness — at an old-line movie studio, no less — 20th Century Fox’s extremely R-rated “Deadpool,” starring Ryan Reynolds in […]

Peggy Siegal, Best Hostess in a Supporting Role

This post was originally published on this site “I have impeccable relationships with directors,” Peggy Siegal said of a rival. “He has impeccable relationships with models.” By ALEX WILLIAMS February 13, 2016 Hunched over her saumon marine, Peggy Siegal, the omnipresent New York film publicist and event planner, was sitting between Oliver […]

Dining | Long Island: At Yonkers Brewing Company, Beer Steeped in Local Pride

This post was originally published on this site Dining | Long Island Yonkers Brewing Company grew from the owners’ love of home brewing. By STEVE REDDICLIFFE February 12, 2016 Until about a year ago, the name most associated with beer in Yonkers was probably that of the notorious racketeer Dutch Schultz, whose […]

Tommy Kelly, Who Played a Hollywood Tom Sawyer, Dies at 90

This post was originally published on this site Tommy Kelly and Ann Gillis in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (1938). By MARGALIT FOX February 12, 2016 If you were a producer casting “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” that enduring study of small-town, Middle American life, where would you be least likely to […]

Adi Rukun, Neither Silent Nor Intimidated

This post was originally published on this site Adi Rukun, whose quest to confront his brother’s killers is the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Look of Silence.” By CARA BUCKLEY February 12, 2016 There was a getaway car waiting outside. His family kept bags packed, ready to flee. And a fixer […]

Hola, Cuba! It’s Hollywood Calling

This post was originally published on this site The actor Don Cheadle, right, during a shoot for the series “House of Lies” outside a cafe in Havana. By VICTORIA BURNETT February 12, 2016 During a shoot for the Showtime comedy series “House of Lies” last month, Don Cheadle sat outside a cafe […]

Jesse Owens, a Film Hero Once Again

This post was originally published on this site Stephan James stars as Jesse Owens in “Race.” By SALAMISHAH TILLET February 12, 2016 More than any other athlete of his era, Jesse Owens’s image on film has determined his fate. It all began with those few seconds of the 100-meter dash that Leni […]

The Carpetbagger: Oscar Producers Try an End-Run Around Endless Thank-Yous

This post was originally published on this site Reginald Hudlin, one of the producers of this year’s Oscars broadcast. February 12, 2016 The Carpetbagger By CARA BUCKLEY Could Oscar winners deliver their acceptance speeches with … emoticons?! Paraphrasing there, but that was the Bagger’s only partially-in-jest query to the Academy […]

It’s O.K. With Ralph Macchio if You Call Him the Karate Kid

This post was originally published on this site Ralph Macchio at the June Havoc Theater. By ERIK PIEPENBURG February 12, 2016 Let’s get this out of the way: Ralph Macchio doesn’t mind being forever Danny. It was 1984 when Mr. Macchio, 22 but babyfaced, nuzzled his way into teen dreams as Danny […]

Review: ‘Fitoor’ Enlists Dickens to Tell a Hindi Love Story

This post was originally published on this site Katrina Kaif, left, and Aditya Roy Kapur in “Fitoor.” By RACHEL SALTZ February 11, 2016 Based, sometimes loosely, sometimes carelessly, sometimes pointlessly, on “Great Expectations,” the Hindi movie “Fitoor” is at all times more Bollywood than Dickens. The Urdu word “fitoor” means “madness,” as […]

Review: ‘A War’ Tracks a Conflict from Battle Zone to Court

This post was originally published on this site By NICOLAS RAPOLD February 11, 2016 The motion-picture battle cries of heroism and machismo don’t ring out in the Academy Award nominee “A War,” Tobias Lindholm’s 21st-century Danish variation on the conflict film. Instead, the perils of peacekeeping are the foremost concerns for a […]

Review: ‘How to Be Single’ Is Another Lonely-Hearts Adaptation

This post was originally published on this site Rebel Wilson, left, and Dakota Johnson in “How to Be Single.” By NICOLAS RAPOLD February 11, 2016 In “How to Be Single,” an innocent post-collegiate newcomer to New York named Alice disappears down a rabbit hole of deadening life lessons and half-baked screenwriting. Christian […]

Review: In ‘Mountains May Depart,’ Jia Zhangke Shows a Changing China

This post was originally published on this site Zhao Tao, foreground, in “Mountains May Depart.” By MANOHLA DARGIS February 11, 2016 Three times in “Mountains May Depart,” the latest from the transformative Chinese director Jia Zhangke, people stand near a river that weaves through the landscape like a snake. In the first […]

Review: ‘Touched With Fire,’ a Love Story Between Two Bipolar Poets

This post was originally published on this site Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby in “Touched With Fire,” directed by Paul Dalio. By STEPHEN HOLDEN February 11, 2016 Is there anything wrong with being a euphoric visionary artist? That question cuts to the essence of “Touched With Fire,” Paul Dalio’s extraordinarily sensitive, nonjudgmental […]

Anatomy of a Scene: Robert Eggers Narrates a Scene From ‘The Witch’

This post was originally published on this site Video Robert Eggers narrates a sequence from his film. February 11, 2016 Anatomy of a Scene By MEKADO MURPHY In the horror film “The Witch,” opening Feb. 19, a 17th-century New England family is haunted by evil. It is the first feature […]

James Woods Seeks to Unmask Twitter User in Defamation Lawsuit

This post was originally published on this site James Woods in 2012. He is seeking $10 million worth of damages from an anonymous Twitter user. By ELI ROSENBERG February 11, 2016 To those who spend enough time on the Internet, anonymous attacks come with the territory, like mosquito bites in the tropics. […]

The Carpetbagger: Below the Line: A Daily Ordeal in the Makeup Chair

This post was originally published on this site Aging an actor (Robert Gustafsson) in various stages in the Oscar-nominated Swedish film “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.” February 11, 2016 The Carpetbagger By MEKADO MURPHY “Mad Max: Fury Road.” “The Revenant.” “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed […]

Oscar’s Heart May Be in Hollywood, but His Accent Is British

This post was originally published on this site Alicia Vikander, left, and Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl.” By MICHAEL CIEPLY and BROOKS BARNES February 11, 2016 LOS ANGELES — “The movies themselves seem passé in California now,” Christopher Rand wrote in “Los Angeles: The Ultimate City,” published in 1967. Brushing aside Hollywood in […]

Review: In ‘Zoolander 2,’ All Is Still Vanity

This post was originally published on this site From left, Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller and Penelope Cruz in “Zoolander 2.” By STEPHEN HOLDEN February 11, 2016 If you took away the extravagantly gaudy trappings of the overproduced, chaotic, not very funny comic circus that is “Zoolander 2,” you would still have a […]

Review: ‘Deadpool,’ a Sardonic Supervillain on a Kill Mission

This post was originally published on this site From left, Brianna Hildebrand and Ryan Reynolds in “Deadpool.” By MANOHLA DARGIS February 11, 2016 Jokes and bullets are tossed like confetti in “Deadpool,” a feverishly eager-to-please comic-book movie about a supervillain who suits up like a superhero. In uniform, the title character, an […]

ArtsBeat: Berlin Film Festival Includes a Focus on Immigration and Refugees

This post was originally published on this site Photo From left, Alba Rohrwacher, Nick James, Lars Eidinger, Meryl Streep, Clive Owen, Brigitte Lacombe and Malgorzata Szumowska, members of the competition jury for the Berlin International Film Festival.Credit Jensâ Kalaene/European Pressphoto Agency BERLIN — The 66th annual Berlin International Film Festival […]

Review: ‘Regression’: Memory Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

This post was originally published on this site Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke in “Regression.” By GLENN KENNY February 5, 2016 In the late 1990s and early 2000s Alejandro Amenábar directed two of the most striking and dynamic genre movies of the time, 1997’s knotty and terrifying virtual-reality/time travel tale “Abre los […]

Syndicated, in Brooklyn, Offers Movies, Munchies and Breakups on the Menu

This post was originally published on this site Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” By NEIL GENZLINGER February 5, 2016 At Syndicated, a new restaurant, bar and cinema at 40 Bogart Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Tim Chung is certainly bringing a likable quirkiness to the task […]

Why the Film Academy’s Diversity Push Is Tougher Than It Thinks

This post was originally published on this site More male than female, and mostly white, the members of the actors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are a varied lot when it comes to professional experience. They include Sonny Skyhawk, left, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Richard […]

The Carpetbagger: ‘Spotlight’ Gets a Vatican Audience

This post was originally published on this site From left, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery in a scene from “Spotlight.” February 5, 2016 The Carpetbagger By CARA BUCKLEY “Spotlight,” considered an Oscar front-runner, follows The Boston Globe exposé of the Roman Catholic Church’s […]

Deadpool: Meet the Prime Mover Behind the Mercenary

This post was originally published on this site Ryan Reynolds plays the mercenary Deadpool in the coming movie. By THOMAS GOLIANOPOULOS February 5, 2016 The comic-book artist Rob Liefeld often compares himself to famous people. At conventions, when he meets fans dressed as one of his characters, Mr. Liefeld says he feels […]