Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Directed by Justin Chadwick Starring Idris Elba, Naomie Harris Rated PG-13 Opens Friday at Angelika
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" is one of those obsessively linear, respectful biopics that begins toward the beginning and ends roughly at the end.
It's a far less interesting form of filmmaking than the alternative, as personified by, say, Clint... » more
Jason Statham can kick your butt.
He knows that, we know it, and lots of movies over the course of the past decade-plus have proven it to be true.
The new flick "Homefront," starring Statham and scripted by Sylvester Stallone, has plenty of butt-kicking, to be sure.
But "in Sly's words, this is particularly a drama, with high moments of suspense and high moments... » more
As one of Britain's foremost comic talents, having embodied the iconic Alan Partridge among other memorable characters, Steve Coogan is an undisputed king of sardonic humor.
So it's surprising to hear the 48-year-old discuss his motivation for co-writing and co-starring in "Philomena," a drama based on the true story of Irish woman Philomena Lee's (Judi Dench) search for the son... » more
"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
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
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
"Dallas Buyers Club" is set at the height of the AIDS crisis during the 1980s, when the disease ravaged millions while federal agencies did little to effectively combat it.
It's based on the true story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a homophobic Texas electrician who was stricken with the disease. In this world of death and decay, populated by trashy rodeos, run-down... » more
Wes Anderson is one of the few filmmakers currently working whose very name brings to mind a distinctive style, a mode of filmmaking that relies on artifice to illuminate truths about life and death.
From "Bottle Rocket" to "Moonrise Kingdom" and the upcoming "The Grand Budapest Hotel," the 44-year-old Texan has constructed a cinematic universe that has become... » more