Film

'American Hustle’ chronicles corruption with style and humor

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 11 January 2014 19:26

Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence in 'American Hustle.'

Exploring deeply conflicted characters who are on a mission to reconceive their unsatisfying circumstances is director David O. Russell’s sweet spot. From his raw 1996 film Flirting with Disaster to last year’s acclaimed Silver Linings Playbook, he effectively unravels the disarray.

Virtual affair lies at the heart of ‘Her’

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 11 January 2014 19:06

Joaquin Phoenix in 'Her'

How essential are physical and emotional connections when falling in love? What would you miss — looking into someone’s eyes, caressing them? In Her, Spike Jonze’s futuristic exploration of a man’s relationship with his computer, the filmmaker surveys human disjunction.

‘Saving Mr. Banks’ a spoonful of sugar

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 20 December 2013 12:07

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For most scribes who have toiled in the movie industry, portraying Hollywood as a healing paradise is roughly equivalent to regaling a lobster of the soothing properties of a boiling pot of water.

WiG Holiday Gift Guide: The gift of drama

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:25

Michael C. Hall in Dexter. - PHOTO: Courtesy

For the people on your holiday list who collect DVDs of popular and classic TV shows, there’s plenty to choose from this season.

'August: Osage County’ blisters with family dysfunction

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 11 January 2014 19:20

Photo: Courtesy Meryl Streep and Juliette Lewis star in August: Osage County.

It’s unlikely that any family dinner of yours will equal the rollicking, vicious one at the heart of August: Osage County, the blistering film adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning Tracy Letts play starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

Corruption saga ‘Hustle’ a solid riot

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 20 December 2013 12:15

Underscoring deeply conflicted characters, who are on a mission to reconceive their unsatisfying circumstances, has become director David O. Russell’s sweet spot. From his raw 1996 film, “Flirting with Disaster,” to last year’s acclaimed “Silver Linings Playbook,” he effectively unravels the disarray.

In the 1970s-set con artist tale “American Hustle,” Russell’s ability to depict an audacious take on a bedlam breakdown peaks, making this his most entertaining jaunt yet.   

'Gravity,' 'Her,' tie for L.A. Film Critics' top honor

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 10 December 2013 08:23

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association split between the space odyssey "Gravity" and the futuristic romance "Her," lending no more certainty to an awards season that's so far been full of contenders.

The two films shared best picture in the awards announced this week by the L.A. critics, but "Gravity" was the top award-winner. The innovatively made, lost-in-space drama won for best director (Alfonso Cuaron), best editing (Cuaron and Mark Sanger) and best cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki).

WiG Holiday Gift Guide: Boxed DVD collections

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 28 November 2013 09:07

In a world of on-demand video and movies shrunken to the size of smartphone screens, home-entertainment releases need something special to stand out. The following box sets offer more than movies for every cinephile on your holiday list.

For the superhero enthusiast:

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ finds laughs amid utter bleakness

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 11 January 2014 19:13

Oscar Isaac plays folk singer Llewyn Davis in the Coen brothers’ latest release.

In the first 10 minutes of Inside Llewyn Davis, an unidentified stranger knocks the titular character to his knees in an alley behind a cafe in New York’s Greenwich Village. The genesis of this animosity is left unanswered until the final moments of the Coen brothers’ latest dark comedy, leaving us to wonder why anyone would beat up a folk singer. 

Katrina drama is Paul Walker’s finest hour

Written by The AP Friday, 20 December 2013 12:11

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An ingeniously simple setup is cunningly exploited for maximum suspense in “Hours,” a slow-building, consistently engrossing drama set during and immediately after the devastation wrought on New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.

Career of Hollywood’s ‘normal girl’ is catching fire

Written by Jessica Herndon,
AP film writer
Thursday, 28 November 2013 08:47

Academy Award-winning actor Jennifer Lawrence. - PHOTO: Courtesy

It’s not always easy being an Oscar-winner.

JFK portrayals brought challenge for screen actors

Written by JESSICA HERNDON,
AP Film Writer
Monday, 18 November 2013 16:45

A wide range of actors have played President John F. Kennedy in the movies and on TV, starting even before his assassination 50 years ago. Some memorable portrayals: