Movies

February 27, 2015
By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.
February 26, 2015
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
“The Lazarus Effect” is what happens when hip, smart actors commit themselves to a horror movie, body and soul.
February 24, 2015
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
There’s something chilling about thrillers that put a child in jeopardy. And from the minute we meet Hannah (Pixie Davies) in “Out of the Dark,” she’s being menaced.
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
Heart attacks might seem a mundane subject for a documentary. They kill suddenly. And they’re so depressingly common as to make one wonder how you get a movie out of them.
By CHRISTOPHER BORRELLI, Chicago Tribune, Tribune News Service
When you grow up, your heart dies.
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
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.
By Tribune News Service (TNS) By Roger Moore (Tribune Content Agency, LLC)
Maria Laura, the heroine of “A La Mala,” is a thin, slinky bombshell of an actress who uses her talents to flirt with other women’s beaus to test their loyalty. The acting roles aren’t there, but there is no shortage of women who need a professional breaker-upper.
By RYAN FAUGHNDER, Los Angeles Times, Tribune News Service
“Birdman” may have scored the top awards at the Oscars, but it has hardly soared at the box office.
By RICK BETNLEY, The Fresno Bee, Tribune News Service
This week’s new DVD releases include top-notch animated offerings for young an old.
By GLENN WHIPP, Los Angeles Times, Tribune News Service
Ask awards consultants the two words they fear the most, and they’ll tell you in a heartbeat: Oscar front-runner.
By Tribune News Service
Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:
February 22, 2015
By SUSAN KING, Los Angeles Times, Tribune News Service
With the 87th Academy Awards almost upon us, we look at some of the memorable moments that took place during the 86 previous shows – both onstage and off. Today’s Oscars are a well-oiled machine – give or take a John Travolta-Adele Dazeem moment or two – but that was not always the case.
February 21, 2015
By JOSH ROTTENBERG, Los Angeles Times, Tribune News Service
In the old days — say, 5 or 6 years ago – an Oscar party used to mean gathering with some friends around a TV and watching the show together with a bowl of chips and a few bottles of wine.
February 20, 2015
By The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tribune News Service
AMERICAN SNIPER 3 stars. Bradley Cooper delivers a powerful turn as Chris Kyle, the real-life Navy SEAL credited with the most kills of any sniper in U.S. military history. Clint Eastwood directs this taut Iraq War-era drama, although the sequences with Kyle returning stateside are diminished by textbook scenarios of family dysfunction and discord. 2 hrs. 12 R (violence, profanity, adult themes) — Steven Rea
By BETSY SHARKEY, Los Angeles Times, Tribune News Service
When it comes to the Oscar endgame – winning, losing or just being in the running – it’s all about the numbers: the votes cast, promotion dollars spent, red carpets walked, interviews granted, pounds lost. ...
By GINA McINTYRE, Los Angeles Times, Tribune News Service
Early in the making of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti invited a raccoon named Oreo to spend a few hours in his London office. He was looking for inspiration for one of the movie’s central characters, the mouthy wiseguy Rocket Raccoon, and the natural world seemed like a productive starting place.
By RICH HELDENFELS, Akron Beacon Journal, Tribune News Service
The Oscars have problems. We all know that.
February 19, 2015
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
Mae Whitman sasses, sashays and sparkles in “The DUFF,” a snappy, sweet-spirited teen comedy about a smart girl who tries to fight high school labeling with wit and words. And the occasional punch.
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
John Cusack has been reduced to Z-grade action comedies, shot in Australia and co-starring Thomas Jane, at this stage of his career.
February 18, 2015
By STEVEN REA, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tribune News Service
The mega-hyped “Fifty Shades of Grey” is finally upon us, and even with Christian Grey’s Red Room full of floggers and ropes, and Anastasia Steele’s willingness to submit to them, the adaptation of E.L. James’ bestselling erotic romance is being met with tepid reviews, puzzlement and yawns. In fact, the best that can be said about “Fifty Shades” is that it offers a stark reminder that there actually are movies – other movies – that know how to “do” sex.
By GLENN WHIPP, Los Angeles Times, Tribune News Service
And the Oscar goes to ... ? Here are predictions for every category for the 87th Academy Awards.
February 17, 2015
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
His name is Jim White. He’s a coach. But that last name is all the students – his prospective athletes – need to know at McFarland High School.
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
James Charm is obsessed with death. We meet him scribbling an obituary for a dead crow he spies in a cornfield.
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
The dust rises in puffy clouds over every scene in the limply-named “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.” To call this comedy old fashioned, old school or just old and creaky doesn’t do this fusty farce justice. Even the cobwebs have cobwebs.
By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
LOS ANGELES – When Universal bumped "Fifty Shades of Grey" from August 2014 to Valentine's Day, 2015, it seemed like a cheesy gimmick. Now that box office results are in, it's clear that was the most brilliant stroke of all.
By Tribune News Service
Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change:
February 15, 2015
By RENE RODRIGUEZ, Miami Herald, Tribune News Service
Opening Friday
By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — What are TV viewers seeking from their annual Oscar fix? The same thing they want from movies: drama, comedy, sex, slapstick, glamour and romance.
By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Audiences were more than curious to check out the big-screen adaptation of the racy phenomenon "Fifty Shades of Grey" this weekend. The erotic R-rated drama sizzled in its debut, earning an estimated $81.7 million from 3,646 theaters in its first three days, distributor Universal Pictures said on Sunday.
February 12, 2015
By Los Angeles Times, Tribune News Service
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 17 and younger admitted.
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
It wouldn’t be a bad thing if “Pitch Perfect” Anna Kendrick spent the rest of her film career doing nothing but musicals. Her pleasant, Broadway-polished alto was right at home with Sondheim in “Into the Woods,” had a pop star sheen for “Pitch Perfect” and is given its best showcase yet in “The Last Five Years,” a romantic musical about the ups and downs of two young lovers struggling to stay together as they pursue artistic careers in Manhattan.
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
There’s something in exploitation movies that should bring out the parent in us all.
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
Hugh Grant doesn’t flutter his eyes and stammer for comic effect any more. The long forelock that bounced over one sparkling blue eye was victim of that middle-aged man trim from the hair stylist.
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
The faith-based romance “Old Fashioned” is a slow, preachy romantic comedy opening Valentine’s Day week opposite “Fifty Shades of Grey,” counter-programming “love” that’s kinky with love from Corinthians.
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
Christian Grey summons up his most menacing voice and makes his threat.
February 11, 2015
By ROBERT LEVIN, Tribune News Service
Everyone knows that "Fifty Shades of Grey" originated as "Twilight" fan fiction by author E.L. James, but far fewer probably guessed that the movie adaptation would play exactly like a sequel to the vampire series, with deadly dull talk about S&M replacing endless consternation over turning into one of the undead.
By CARY DARLING, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Tribune News Service
There may be a good film buried inside “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” a well-cast and sporadically entertaining but overly long, exceedingly violent and ultimately perplexing spin on the comic-book action movie.
By Tribune News Service
The Top 10 DVD rentals at Redbox kiosks from Feb. 2-8:
February 10, 2015
By RICK BENTLEY, The Fresno Bee, Tribune News Service
This week’s new DVD releases include two films that have top-notch acting performances overlooked by the Academy.
February 9, 2015
By SUSAN KING, Los Angeles Times, Tribune News Service
Walt Disney Studios was in a funk in 1959 after its expensive, lavishly animated fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty” didn’t awaken at the box office.
February 8, 2015
By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press
NEW YORK — Brittany Brown wouldn't miss the opening of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie for anything. She has read and re-read all three books, uses the app, follows FSOG role play on Twitter and set her DVR to record trailers for the highly anticipated Valentine's weekend release.
February 6, 2015
By SABA HAMEDY, Los Angeles Times, Tribune News Service
LOS ANGELES — “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is expected to make a splash at the box office weekend, pushing three-week box office champion “American Sniper” out of its top spot.
By RICK BENTLEY, The Fresno Bee, Tribune News Service
The yellow-hued, rectangular shorts wearing invertebrate of the seas, SpongeBob SquarePants has been entertaining viewers for more than 15 years. He’s been featured on TV, in films and enough merchandise to make Barbie and Ken jealous.
February 5, 2015
By The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) (Tribune Content Agency, LLC)
AMERICAN SNIPER 3 stars. Bradley Cooper delivers a powerful turn as Chris Kyle, the real-life Navy SEAL credited with the most kills of any sniper in U.S. military history. Clint Eastwood directs this taut Iraq War-era drama, although the sequences with Kyle returning stateside are diminished by textbook scenarios of family dysfunction and discord. 2 hrs. 12 R (violence, profanity, adult themes) — Steven Rea
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
The only question that’s worth considering in “Seventh Son” is whether this all-star B-movie is bad enough to cost Julianne Moore her “Still Alice” Oscar. And the answer to that is, “Not really.”
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
Mark Hamill is guarded, a little hesitant to talk.
By GLENN WHIPP, Los Angeles Times, Tribune News Service
This year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival sports more than 200 movies, including 24 world premieres and 55 U.S. premieres, with just about every one of them featuring Q&As with the filmmakers and actors following the screening. It’s a deep festival when David Oyelowo is on hand to talk about his movie – and it’s not “Selma,” but “Nightingale,” a dark drama due out later this year. (Oyelowo did stump for “Selma” at a later festival event.)
By ROGER MOORE, Tribune News Service
The Wachowskis cash their last blank check from Warner Brothers with “Jupiter Ascending,” an excruciatingly empty chunk of eye candy that spends more than 2 hours trying to convince us they’re not ripping off “Dune.” It’s “Dune” without the desert, all exposition and back story and alternate history – as inconsequential as the weakest Young Adult sci-fi, but without the pretty young teens who populate those “Maze/Hunger/Giver/Divergent” casts.
February 3, 2015
By RICK BENTLEY, The Fresno Bee, Tribune News Service
Keanu Reeves’ comeback and a new twist on an old story are among new DVD releases this week.
By ROGER MOORE Tribune News Service
A good screen romance frustrates us, throws up comical or tragic obstacles that keep the lovers apart, and then provides a lovely release when those obstacles are surmounted.
By ROGER MOORE Tribune News Service
“Outcast” is what happens when stunt men direct.
By ROGER MOORE Tribune News Service
A lovely new ballet is followed from creation to rehearsals to opening night in “Ballet 422,” a documentary that celebrates the rising star that is choreographer/dancer Justin Peck.
February 2, 2015
By SABA HAMEDY Los Angeles Times Tribune News Service
LOS ANGELES – “American Sniper” scored big again at the box office with an estimated $31.9 million — a number that, if it holds up, will set a record for Super Bowl weekend.
By KRISTIN TILLOTSON By Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Tribune News Service
“Black Sea” is a white-knuckle ride through treacherous waters and even more dangerous betrayals.
By KRISTIN TILLOTSON Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Tribune News Service
“Mommy” sheds harsh light on the day-to-day torment of caring for and containing a teen son with severe behavioral problems. At times, it’s hard on the eyes, but it’s really hell on the ears.
By ROGER MOORE Tribune News Service
Amira is a walking contradiction. She wears a hijab, but isn’t shy about showing a little cleavage. She came from Iraq to America, but she hates American soldiers. She is cranky but flippant, profane but still Muslim, pretty when she smiles. Which is almost never.
By ROGER MOORE Tribune News Service
Spongebob Squarepants goes where Homer Simpson and others have gone before, an animated character who steps out of his colorful 2D world and into our 3D one, in “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water.” But what his movie lacks in originality or freshness it compensates for in loopiness.

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