Most movies tell us everything we need to know about their characters instantaneously. They're familiar types and personalities, and their narrative journeys amount to little more than filling in the blanks.
Asghar Farhadi's "The Past" opposes that cautious approach. In a similar fash- ion to the Iranian filmmaker's superb "A Separation," the movie reflects the real world... » more
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" arrives in theaters following an endless promotional campaign that has seen Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy starring in everything from Dodge Durango commercials to North Dakota news broadcasts.
That relentless push followed years of stops, starts and speculation concerning this sequel to Ferrell and Adam McKay's 2004 hit about an incompetent, sexist... » more
A small hobbit racked up big sales at movie box offices during the weekend, generating an estimated $205 million at theaters around the world with the debut of highly anticipated sequel "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."
The second installment in the 3D "Hobbit" film trilogy earned $73.7 million of its global haul in the United States and Canada, where it easily topped... » more
Saving Mr. Banks Directed by John Lee Hancock Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell Rated PG
"Saving Mr. Banks" is an amiable but profoundly confused bit of corporate propaganda. That's to be expected, given that it's a Disney movie about Walt Disney essentially browbeating the reluctant P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the creator of "Mary Poppins," into consenting... » more
Stanley Tucci has turned up in so many big movies lately -- everything from "The Hunger Games" series to the upcoming "Transformers: Age of Extinction" -- that it's a pleasure to see him return to his theatrical roots in "Some Velvet Morning," the new film from Neil LaBute that is available on VOD and iTunes and opening at the Village East tomorrow.
A two-hander... » more
The career of any great movie actor often can be traced back to a single moment, or series of moments, in a single film, where the audience takes notice as a star is born.
You know what I mean: Tom Cruise sliding across the floor in "Risky Business"; Liza Minnelli exploding onto the stage in "Cabaret."
Oscar Isaac ("Drive") has a scene like that about two-thirds... » more
Walt Disney Co's animated princess fairy tale "Frozen" heated up movie box office charts in the United States and Canada, displacing dystopian thriller "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as the top-earning film.
"Frozen" sold $31.6 million worth of tickets from Friday through Sunday during its second weekend in theaters to top domestic movie charts, while "Catching... » more
The winter months mean two things: lots of Oscar-bait films from the likes of Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio, and lots of … shall we say, lower-quality films (or, at best, guilty pleasures) in the first two months of the new year, such as a Frankenstein flick from the makers of “Underworld.”
Check out the gallery below for the 58 new films that you might want to check out during... » more
"Inside Llewyn Davis" begins with the chattering of a crowd, the tuning of a guitar, a close-up on a microphone and an emotional rendition of the folk standard "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" by star Oscar Isaac.
Unfolding in the one-time MacDougal Street institution Gaslight Café in 1961, it's an auspicious beginning to the latest masterwork from Joel and Ethan Coen, lodging a lump... » more
Look out Hollywood! Now Queens has its own backlot.
City politicians, along with Sen. Charles Schumer and representatives from Kaufman Astoria Studios yesterday unveiled a block-long outdoor film studio behind the the landmarked movie production hub in Queens.
The outdoor black-box film stage is the first of its kind in New York City, and will allow production companies to film outside... » more