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In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Will Smith appears in a scene from "Focus." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Frank Masi)

Movie Review: Smith and Robbie Deliver a Blurred ‘Focus’

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The trouble with movies about “The Big Con” is that they condition us to not believe anything we see up on screen — relationships, who is conning whom, deaths, etc. Focus one-ups that by pushing a romance to the fore, one that is supposed to be fun, sexy and cute. But when we don’t buy the veteran con man (Will Smith) in love with the hot young acolyte (Margot Robbie), well, what is there to cling to? They generate about as much heat as John Travolta and Idina Menzel managed on Sunday night’s Oscars. Chemistry, or the lack of it, burns a big hole in …

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Reworks the Old Spy Genre

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no …

Washington-Raised Actor Has Roles in Top D.C.-Set Series

Monday, February 23, 2015

New York — Kelly AuCoin grew up in Washington, the son of nine-term Oregon congressman Les AuCoin. He campaigned for his father, appearing in a political ad washing the family car (actually a rental, as it was filmed out West) to show that his father was thrifty and not one of those big-spending Democratic liberals. Perfect, as all the younger AuCoin wanted to …

‘Birdman’ Takes Flight at an Oscars Punctuated by Politics

Monday, February 23, 2015

Los Angeles — The long take of Birdman has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past took Hollywood’s top honor in a ceremony punctuated by …

‘Birth of a Nation’ Debate Endures

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York — One hundred years ago this spring, Hollywood came of age in a blaze of wonder and fury. D.W. Griffith’s three-hour Civil War epic, The Birth of a Nation, was released in April 1915 after a …

Movie Review: ‘McFarland, USA’ Is Based on a True, if Shopworn, Story

Saturday, February 21, 2015

You’ve seen feel-good football and baseball movies, plus great underdog stories of boxing, basketball, soccer and cycling. So what’s left? The 1980s-set McFarland, USA has the answer: It’s cross-country. The plot, based on a true story, is pretty …

‘Fifty Shades’ Set For Big Weekend

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Los Angeles — Despite an anticipated drop in ticket sales, Fifty Shades of Grey is poised to dominate the box office for a second weekend. The Universal Pictures film is likely to add $30 million this weekend to its robust domestic debut haul thus far of $102.7 million, …

In ‘The Duff,’ a High School Senior Strives to Reinvent Herself

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than …

Hoping for an Oscars Moment

Friday, February 20, 2015

Los Angeles — The day after the Oscars last year, the show’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron received a call from John Travolta apologizing for fumbling the name of singer Idina Menzel. Travolta’s mispronunciation — Adele Dazeem …

Movie Review: ‘Goodbye to Language 3D’ Speaks to a New Way of Seeing Cinema

Friday, February 20, 2015

Disclaimer: Do not let reviews, including this one, discourage you in any way from seeing Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D. Yes, there is an air of forbidding obscurity to it, especially for anyone looking for more conventional …

‘Fifty Shades’ Of Green At Box Office

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Los Angeles — Fifty Shades of Grey dominated the box office and set Presidents Day weekend records, opening at No. 1 with an estimated $81.7 million through Sunday. Universal Pictures’ adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel is on track to pull in an estimated $90.7 million through the …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Feb. 15-21

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Don’t Miss SNL 40th Anniversary Special — Party on, Garth! The sketch show that introduced us to so many future comedy stars and memorable catchphrases, celebrates four decades of hilarity. Many of the brightest Saturday Night Live alums are on the guest list, including Mike Myers, Tina Fey, …

‘Theory of Everything’ Returns Before Oscars

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than …