"All is Lost" finds Robert Redford playing an unnamed man with an unexplained background who confronts his mortality when a shipping container plows into his yacht, demolishing the electrical equipment and leaving him stranded somewhere in the South Pacific with a giant hole in the boat's hull.
Aside from a tiny bit of narration and approximately ten spoken words, J.C. Chandor's... » more
Diablo Cody is an accomplished screenwriter, winning an Oscar for "Juno" and scripting the underrated "Young Adult."
She'd surely make a fine director. I'd go so far as to suggest that she's got a great movie in her as a writer-director hyphenate.
Sadly, the innocuous wish-fulfillment fantasy "Paradise" is not it.
Cody's directorial debut is centered... » more
Pilots in giant battle armor fighting giant monsters? From Guillermo del Toro, the director of "Pan's Labyrinth"? Yes please. "Pacific Rim" is a fun, old-school monster movie, but created using all the bells and whistles of modern moviemaking. Amazing. (DVD, $28.98; Blu-ray/DVD combo, $35.99; Blu-ray 3-D/Blu-ray/DVD combo, $44.95)
'Shrek the Musical'
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"As I Lay Dying," the seminal 1930 novel by William Faulkner, is known for being a dense and difficult work that has tortured high school students. But polymath James Franco is hoping to turn it into a cinematic treasure.
The actor-director-writer-student-model has written and directed an adaptation of what Franco considers one of the defining books of his youth.
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The film industry has changed tremendously over the past decade, but one truism remains: All the technological innovations in the world don't matter without great storytelling.
The 10 movies on this list, which represent one man's picks for the best movies released since Oct. 10, 2003, don't have much in common except for a shared interest in telling powerful stories exceptionally well:
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It's a John Varvatos store now but 315 Bowery will forever be CBGB, the legendary club that served as the punk movement's base in America.
The heyday of Hilly Kristal's institution, the era where you were more likely to find burning trash cans on the Bowery than high-end designers, is brought to life in "CBGB," a movie opening Friday that depicts the club's illustrious history, starring... » more
Alicia Keys has conquered a lot of challenges over the course of her rise to music superstardom.
But "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" finds the 32-year-old Manhattan native, a 14-time Grammy winner, on new terrain.
She's an executive producer of the small independent film about two Brooklyn kids who spend the summer by themselves after their mothers disappear.
And,... » more
'Stuck in Love'
My feelings about this romantic dramedy are quite mixed. On the one hand, you have likable actors (Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Nat Wolff) giving solid performances. On the other hand, you have a somewhat pointless film that doesn't really add anything to the world of cinema that hasn't been seen in a bunch of other films. So, why did I like "Stuck in... » more
The best actors seamlessly transition through totally unrelated projects, seeming equally at home in, say, present-day Brooklyn, the antebellum South and Renaissance Verona.
Paul Giamatti is, by any measure, one of our finest performers, a character actor of seemingly limitless skill.
So it's no coincidence that this month alone you can catch him playing very different characters in... » more
One of the biggest challenges facing "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón was gravity itself.
"We're shooting on Earth and we're bonded to it," he explains. "We're doing a film in which everything is happening in microgravity. It was a miscalculation. ... I thought it was going to be simple, straightforward film to make with some visual effects."
To overcome those difficulties, Cuarón and... » more