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‘Tombstones’ Stars Liam Neeson

Saturday, September 20, 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 or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted. Calvary Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, Calvary reveals itself over …

No Clear Oscar Film Favorite Emerges From Toronto and Telluride Festivals

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two years ago, Toronto International Film Festival audiences fell in love with Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook and loudly cheered all the Canadian references (natives don’t pronounce the second T in Toronto) in Ben Affleck’s crowd-pleasing Argo. Then last year, Gravity dropped jaws and 12 Years a Slave had its gala audience …

Ghosts Haunt Fall Movies

Friday, September 19, 2014

When you go to a film festival, cramming down four movies a day can make it easier to spot patterns than it is when you watch at a more leisurely pace. I will be reporting on some of the trends from the Toronto International Film Festival over the next week or so, starting with the most unexpected: a fifth of the films I …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of Aug. 17-23

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Don’t Miss Doctor Who — Regeneration happens. And so it is that Peter Capaldi finally gets the keys to the TARDIS this week. Capaldi, a 56-year-old Scottish actor and lifelong Who fan, becomes the 12th Time Lord in the wildly popular franchise and he appears poised to battle …

Hoffman’s Last Role Is Taut Thriller

Saturday, August 16, 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 …

‘Boyhood’ Is an Experimental Film at Its Very Best

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In the movie Boyhood, we watch as a kid named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) grows up from a little boy into a nearly grown young man, living with his mom and sister in a series of Texas towns, solidifying …

TV’s New Microaudiences Are Beginning to Shake Up the Business

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The business end of show business is made up of numbers. It’s a thing of charts and tallies, receipts and ratings. There are counters on everything nowadays, toting up the hits, keeping track of followers. In television, which I write about, there are the famous Nielsen ratings, by …

Star of Stage, Screen Lauren Bacall Dies

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New York — Lauren Bacall was a movie star from almost her first moment on the silver screen. A fashion model and bit-part New York actress before moving to Hollywood at 19, Bacall achieved immediate fame in 1944 …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Aug. 10-16

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Don’t Miss Shark Week — Sharknados, thankfully, come and go. But summer is not complete without this long-running celebration of our favorite toothy, ocean-dwelling predators. The event turns 27 this year and kicks off with Air Jaws: Fin of Fury. It’s a special that deploys new super cameras …

‘Wanted Man’ Is a Taut Thriller

Saturday, August 9, 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 …

An Inventor’s Unconventional Life

Friday, August 8, 2014

Near the beginning of Paul Lazarus’s feature-length documentary Sling Sh ot , about the inventor Dean Kamen and his quest to bring clean water to parts of the developing world, Kamen invites Lazarus and his film crew into …

Colleagues See ‘A Most Wanted Man’ as the Best Hoffman Tribute of All

Friday, August 8, 2014

There’s something about a good spy novel that says “fall,” and the best films in that genre reflect this. The skies are overcast, a sort of pale gun-metal grey. Everything is rain and shadows, all the better for …

Dispute Over Writing Credit for ‘Belle’ Bubbles Up Again

Monday, August 4, 2014

Los Angeles — It should be one of the unqualified successes of the year — a period drama directed by, written by and starring women of color that found a large audience for a fact-based tale drawn from obscure history that shed light on the beginning of the …