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Monthly Archives: January 2015
“American Sniper” may very well set a Super Bowl weekend box office record, as Friday’s take suggests it is on a pace to better the $31.1 million that a “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus” concert film did a few years back. I … Continue reading
Ask actor Jonny Weston what he’s been up to while he’s been waiting for what could be his “big break” to hit theaters. Go ahead. “Twiddling my thumbs,” he says, laughing. “I’ve been waiting what, a year and a half … Continue reading
OK, maybe you missed his winning work in the surf bio-drama “Chasing Mavericks.” Or “Taken 3.” But you’re going to catch Jonny Weston’s winning turn as a sweet, smart kid who finishes up a time machine based on his late … Continue reading
“The Loft” is a stylish whodunit that struggles to stitch the label “Hitchcockian” right on the inner pocket, where it would be on a man’s sports coat. But a quick glance down at that label, underneath the pulsating violins, the … Continue reading
Time travel meets “found footage” in “Project Almanac,” a “Blair Witch/Chronicle” tale about pretty teens tampering with all things temporal. A couple of ingenious wrinkles distinguish this “Back to the Future” from “Looper” and its other cousins. It’s not as … Continue reading
Amira is a walking contradiction. She wears a hijab, but isn’t shy about showing a little cleavage. She came from Iraq to America, but she hates American soldiers. She is cranky but flippant, profane but still Muslim, pretty when she … Continue reading
“Fantastic Four” reboot trailer — “Star Trek”ish, younger, darker — very J.J. Abrams meets Chris Nolan
“Selma” wasn’t the only film about race to get short shrift from Oscar voters this past year. “Black or White” is a frank, touching and very well-acted melodrama about child custody and cultural perceptions of “blackness” and “the race card,” … Continue reading
We Jason Statham aficionados accept grace notes in his films where we find them. And there’s a gem tucked in the middle of “Wild Card,” his latest. The scene — a diner, where veteran Vegas bodyguard and luckless gambler Nick … Continue reading
Kevin Macdonald has done his Roman Army thriller (“The Eagle”), his sci-fi apocalypse (“How I Live Now”), his political journalism thriller (“State of Play”). But what the Oscar-winning documentarian (“One Day in September”) really had a hankering to try was … Continue reading