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‘Transcendence’: Internet Is Evil

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The dystopian future envisioned by last year’s critical darling Her reappears in Transcendence, albeit with a lot more testosterone. You could even call this new thriller — in which a godlike artificial intelligence, played by Johnny Depp, starts building an army of cyborg zombies — “Him.” Unlike that earlier film about a man who falls in love with a computer operating system, which was a poetic, melancholic meditation on the …

Actor Marlon Wayans is Very Serious About Funny Business

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Marlon Wayans isn’t trying to change the world. He just wants to change your mood. “There’s no vanity in comedy,” he says. And in a rare moment, the 41-year-old funny guy isn’t joking as he sits in a suite at the Intercontinental Hotel, here to promote his latest movie, …

TV Had Its Coming Out Party 75 Years Ago at the World’s Fair

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New York — The day was bright and sunny, much like the future the 1939 World’s Fair was promising. The 35,000 guests who watched President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s opening day speech at the Court of Peace in New York City’s Flushing Meadows on April 30, 1939, were dressed in overcoats. In a familiarly sonorous voice, FDR insisted America had “hitched her wagon to …

White River Junction Indie Fest Adds Features

Friday, April 18, 2014

The event formerly known as the White River Indie Film Festival has lost one of its Fs: now celebrating its 10th year, it has been renamed the White River Indie Festival, in a nod to the variety of …

‘Under the Skin’: Beauty Below the Surface

Friday, April 18, 2014

One of the most astonishingly assured directorial debuts of the early 21st century was Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast, a stylishly vicious crime thriller that erased any chance of Ben Kingsley being typecast as a Gandhi figure. Sexy Beast was a ramped-up, hyper-verbal explosion of Britishisms and its singular …

Stores Put Happy Spin on Sales

Friday, April 18, 2014

Philadelphia — Back in 2008, Record Store Day was launched as a hopeful holiday aiming to buck up struggling independent music retailers desperate to lure customers. The situation was dire. The Tower Records chain had closed in 2006, …

Cannes Lists Lineup Lists

Friday, April 18, 2014

Paris — David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western, and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing for top honors at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. Organizers of the ritzy Riviera …

Billy Bob Thornton Stars in ‘Fargo’ Adaptation

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

After failed attempts and broken dreams, by golly, someone went and put Fargo on series TV. The 10-episode season premieres tonight at 10 on FX. And it mesmerizes. As a furtherance of the 1996 crime classic by Joel …

CBS Takes a Gamble on Stephen Colbert For its ‘Late Show’

Monday, April 14, 2014

With Stephen Colbert joining CBS, late-night TV’s generational shift is complete — and the real battle for viewers, onscreen and online, can begin. America’s most-watched network announced Thursday that it had picked Colbert, the 49-year-old host of Comedy Central’s news sendup The Colbert Report, as the next host …

Around the Remote: ‘Fargo’ Goes From Movie to TV Series

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Don’t Miss: Fargo — This instantly addictive 10-part drama series captures the spirit of the beloved 1996 Coen Brothers cult hit, but presents an all-new “true crime” story with new characters. Among them is Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), a mysterious and manipulative drifter who lures hapless small-town …

Sports a Good Fit for Kevin Costner

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kevin Costner plays a pro football general manager in Draft Day, the latest entry in the actor’s long association with sports on film. Bull Durham was a benchmark for Costner as an actor who fits seamlessly into Hollywood’s musings on baseball. He cemented his role as baseball’s everyman …

‘Le Week-End’: Laughter Cuts the Middle-Age Angst

Saturday, April 12, 2014

One of the joys of attending the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival was the generous helping of adult-oriented romance on offer, from Nicole Holofcener’s funny and wise Enough Said to the ruefully triumphant Chilean drama Gloria. One of the sparkliest jewels in that crown was Le Week-End, an …

In ‘Rio 2,’ the Musical Numbers Shine

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, Rio 2 is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters. But not too much music. Yes, the musical numbers reach saturation levels, but the Latin-influenced jamming and singing are …