Movies / TV

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 …

‘Mortdecai’ Stars a Bumbling Depp

Saturday, January 31, 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 …

Once Given Short Shrift, Biopics Find Favor With Audiences and the Academy

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Looking across the Oscar nominations you’ll see a landscape populated by pictures about real people. Look beyond the Oscars and you’ll see even more. The last 12 months has produced an abundance of biographies. It’s as if film’s …

Sundance Sees A Generational Shift in Subject

Monday, January 26, 2015

In its 31-year history, the Sundance Film Festival has often showcased movies by some of the country’s most maverick personalities. But as the prestigious gathering enters its busy opening weekend, there may have never been so many of …

Movie Review: ‘Foxcatcher’ Warns of the Snares of Money and Privilege

Monday, January 26, 2015

A bleak, mid­wintery gloom suffuses Foxcatcher, a dramatized version of the lurid real-life murder of champion wrestler Dave Schultz at the hands of the late John E. du Pont in 1996. As refracted through the chilly, superbly controlled …

Capsule Reviews: ‘Strange Magic’ Adapts Shakespeare

Monday, January 26, 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 …

A Movie Lover Comes to Grips With Television’s Superiority

Monday, January 26, 2015

Someday, when the dust settles on the turbulent, game-changing history of early 21st-century media — at that far-off point when the use of jargon like “game-changing” is met swiftly, and by decree, with a light prison sentence — let’s hope this small, tossed-off moment is not forgotten: On …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Jan. 25-31

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Don’t Miss The Americans — The suspenseful adventures of Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell) resume as this Cold War-era thriller launches its third season. Now, the undercover Russian spies have differing opinions on how to handle orders from their bosses regarding their teenage daughter. The …

The Coast Is Not Clear: Hanover Native’s Film Weighs Cost of Oceanfront Life

Friday, January 23, 2015

Even if he could afford a dream house by the sea on the fruits of documentary film making, Ben Kalina can no longer imagine buying or building one. Kalina’s recent film, Shored Up , explores the risks of …

‘American Sniper’ Posts Record Weekend of $105.3Million

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New York — Clint Eastwood’s R-rated Iraq War drama American Sniper opened in January like a superhero movie in July, taking in a record $105.3 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. four-day weekend. The film’s success obliterated …

Guilty Pleasure to Emmy Awards: A H istory of Lifetime Movies

Monday, January 19, 2015

For many people, the phrase “Lifetime movie” is synonymous with curling up on a lazy weekend afternoon in front of the TV, trying but thoroughly unable to tear yourself away from a movie called My Stepson, My Lover. Okay, maybe the film is called Mother, May I Sleep …