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This photo provided by courtesy of the Sundance Film Institute shows, Jesse Eisenberg, left as David Lipsky, and Jason Segel, as David Foster Wallace, in a scene from the film, "The End of the Tour," directed by James Ponsoldt. The movie premieres at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Sundance Film Institute, Jakob Ihre)

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 the iconoclasts themselves up on the screen. What’s more, many of these subjects and themes come not from the Midnight Cowboy era …

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 lens of director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball), the otherwise tawdry tale of ambition, self­deception and …

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 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no …

‘Interview’ Deserves To Be Seen

Saturday, December 20, 2014

That I was one of the relative few to see The Interview is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It’s with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s North Korean farce. …

Hacking Has Firms On Alert

Friday, December 19, 2014

Atlanta — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 14-20

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Don’t Miss: Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014 — Apparently, Walters isn’t quite done with TV just yet. After “retiring” from on-camera work in May, the 85-year-old journalist returns with the 20th edition of her perennially high-rated special. The guest list includes Taylor Swift, …

Jackson Leaves Middle Earth Behind With Final ‘Hobbit’ Film

Saturday, December 13, 2014

London — After a long and eventful journey, The Hobbit trilogy has reached its bloody climax. Not a minute too soon for director Peter Jackson, who has been longing to unleash mayhem on Middle Earth. “It’s the first …

A White Christmas Movie

Friday, December 12, 2014

Los Angeles — Put “ancient Egyptian people” into a Google image search, and none of the resulting photos resemble Christian Bale or Joel Edgerton, stars of Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. The director inflamed calls …

Why Golden Globe Nominations Matter

Thursday, December 11, 2014

At 8:20 EST this morning, Kate Beckinsale, Peter Krause, Paula Patton and Jeremy Piven will announce the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. Some of the contenders, voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will probably elicit a big yawn from viewers. Do the Golden Globes …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 7-13

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Don’t Miss Sons of Anarchy series finale: Time to put a fork in it. After seven seasons drenched in blood and tears, the savage Shakespearean motorcycle saga takes its final ride with a 90-minute episode written and directed by creator Kurt Sutter. So what will become of Jax …

Helen Mirren Stars in ‘Journey’

Sunday, December 7, 2014

This week’s new DVD releases are full of food, fun and fighting. ∎ The Hundred-Foot Journey : An Indian family launches a restaurant across the street from a popular French restaurant. Helen Mirren stars. Director Lasse Hallstrom has put together his latest cinematic dish as a tasty three-course …

Capsule Reviews: ‘St. Vincent’ Showcases Murray’s Acting Chops

Saturday, December 6, 2014

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 …

Smart Comedy Has Drowned In a Sea Of Raunch

Saturday, December 6, 2014

It would seem beyond argument that Americans are more sophisticated today than they were in the 1930s and ’40s. We travel, communicate and do business across the globe, have access to more information and more types of sensation …