"The Great Beauty" finds Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino channeling Federico Fellini and other masterful chroniclers of the surreal, absurd and unrelentingly beautiful Roman cityscape.
The impressionistic film is centered on Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), a 65-year-old writer who experiences many facets of the city over the course of heady nights and beautiful days.
It's... » more
Simmons asked to play Goblin in 'Spider-Man'
Rock musician Gene Simmons revealed last week via Twitter that he has been offered the role of the Green Goblin in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" that was originated by Patrick Page and is currently being played by Robert Cuccioli. Although Simmons did not say whether he would accept the chance to join the production, he made a point... » more
The 2006 film comedy "Little Miss Sunshine," about a highly stressed family attempting a long road trip in a broken-down van in order to make it to a beauty pageant for little girls, no doubt had the potential to make a fine musical.
With songwriter William Finn and director-playwright James Lapine, who previously collaborated on "Falsettos" and "The 25th Annual Putnam... » more
Revues of Stephen Sondheim songs generally don't work. Given how carefully integrated his songs are into the shows for which they were originally written, they lose impact in a different context.
Yet "A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair," which marks an unusual collaboration between Sondheim and jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, manages to provide a great deal of vibrant entertainment... » more
With some notable exceptions, movies set in the American heartland tend to regard Midwesterners as simplistic rubes living uncultured lives.
Omaha, Nebraska native Alexander Payne is one of the few filmmakers to have steadfastly resisted the stereotype over the course of several pictures set in his home state, including "Election" and "About Schmidt."
The spare black-and-white... » more
"Sunlight Jr." is an affecting drama set amid a hellish Floridian landscape of strip malls, sleazy motels and car-jammed commercial roads.
Writer-director Laurie Collyer treats her characters with high regard despite the fact that they're suffering through the depths of despair in this awful place.
Naomi Watts stars as gas station clerk Melissa, who is dating the unemployed... » more
Relief concerts are a tricky beast, because they require a balancing act between reverence for the event being confronted and the spectacle of musicians doing what they do best.
At the same time, documentaries centered on said fundraising showcases must spotlight the musical performances without sacrificing an awareness of the larger forces at play.
By the former standard, the 12-12-12... » more
12th Annual Holiday Train Show
Chug-a, chug-a, chug-a, chug-a, choo-choo! Stop by the 12th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central this weekend to relive your childhood as you marvel at the workings of a Lionel model train layout that travels through New York City, into the country and up to the North Pole. Walk around and peruse the artwork of Maira Kalman, author and illustrator of the... » more
Dozens of autobiographical one-person shows have come and gone since Billy Crystal stormed Broadway in 2004 with "700 Sundays," his Tony-winning tribute to his father, who died of a heart attack when Crystal was just 15 years old, and growing up in Eisenhower-era Long Island with an unshakable desire to become an entertainer.
Seeing as few of these shows, if any, have surpassed Crystal's... » more
The film adaptation of best-selling erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" has been pushed back to 2015, studio Universal Pictures said on Wednesday.
The film was originally set to be released on Aug. 1, 2014, but is now scheduled to be in cinemas on Feb. 13, 2015, in time for Valentine's Day.
Universal did not give a reason for postponing the film's release date, but casting... » more