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The Zero Theorem
Future shock: Terry Gilliam fashions another wild sci-fi world in ‘The Zero Theorem’

Terry Gilliam slumps over his table, summoning energy as the long day drags on. "We're a part of the machine now, it's all a machine," he mutters, scanning a Lower Manhattan sidewalk café for an exit from the public-relations circus. More »

Boxtrolls feature
Out of the box: Laika animation studio conjures Victorian England with tale of subterranean ‘Boxtrolls’

With its all-star cast of British character actors, menagerie of paranormal creatures and darkly macabre wit, you'd be forgiven for assuming that the new stop-motion feature The Boxtrolls hails from dear old Blighty, perhaps courtesy of a newly created animation division of English horror mainstay Hammer Films. More »

Col Needham
Data man: How IMDB’s Col Needham conquered filmdom with just the facts

The founder and chief executive of the world’s largest film database, IMDB.com, is every bit the movie fan one could hope for. “I’ve now seen more than 8,500 films,” chuckles Col Needham, offering what proves to be a conservative estimate. More »

Sarnos feature
Sexy and sweet: ‘A Life in Dirty Movies’ offers an endearing portrait of soft-core filmmaker Joe Sarno and his wife Peggy

In the annals of movie pitches that have worked, “Imagine your favorite grandparents, only they make sex movies” surely has a place. More »

The Equalizer Feature
Counting on ‘The Equalizer’: Antoine Fuqua reunites with Denzel Washington for movie reboot of TV vigilante series

When a TV series makes the leap to the multiplex, it's typically expected to either continue the story that was told on the boob tube or function as a big-budget repeat of the pilot episode. More »

Tombstones Feature
Scudder missile: Liam Neeson embodies Lawrence Block’s private eye in Scott Frank’s ‘Walk Among the Tombstones’

When he first tackled A Walk Among the Tombstones, a Universal release opening Sept. 19, screenwriter Scott Frank was coming off a string of successes that included Get Shorty and Out of Sight. More »

Keep On Feature
Keepin’ On: Alan Hicks documents the special bond between jazz legend Clark Terry and blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin

The image is haunting and indelible: a pair of hands outstretched, searching unsteadily for another pair of outstretched hands, finally coming together and going into a big bear-hug embrace. Almost 70 years separate those hands, but the common bond of music erases that gap, and suddenly a state of perfect harmony exists. More »

guest
Surprise 'Guest': Dan Stevens upends his image in nasty thriller from Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett

Articulate. Funny. Thoughtful. Polite… Do those sound like the adjectives you'd expect to see in connection with a writer-director team who first attracted attention in 2010 with the low-budget serial-killer movie A Horrible Way to Die? More »

The Drop feature
Requiem for a barman: Michael Roskam teams with Dennis Lehane for Brooklyn noir ‘The Drop’

Tragedy dogs the characters in The Drop, a Fox Searchlight release starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini. Set in blue-collar Brooklyn, the story follows bartender Bob Saginowski through a series of life-changing crises. More »

Skeleton Twins feature
Sibling rivalry: Craig Johnson directs ‘SNL’ alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as estranged ‘Skeleton Twins’

When Craig Johnson first attempted to secure distribution for his debut feature, True Adolescents, following its well-regarded premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2009, he found himself listening to the proverbial crickets. Potential buyers “weren’t quite sure where it sat,” he remembers. More »

Richard Attenborough
From the archives: Remembering Richard Attenborough

Lord Richard Attenborough, one of the giants of British cinema, died on Sunday, August 24, at the age of 90. More »

Life of Crime feature
Crime story: Jennifer Aniston gets carried away in Daniel Schechter’s film of Elmore Leonard comic caper

Chances were slim that Daniel Schechter would ever be able to make Life of Crime, a Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions release opening August 29. More »

Starred Up feature
Barred in Britain: David Mackenzie’s prison drama ‘Starred Up’ depicts a fraught father-son relationship

If you’re a sucker for father-son stories, as I am, you’ll probably blanch at Starred Up, as I did. There’s not a sentimental bone in its head, and there is much that is so unremittingly savage that anyone squeamish will have awfully heavy sledding. More »

Breillat 2014
Strength and Weakness: France’s provocative Catherine Breillat challenges herself with semi-autobiographical drama

Catherine Breillat is best-known for her uncompromising portrayals of the lives of women and girls, and especially for the sexually explicit ways in which their stories unfold. More »

ShowEast to salute indie producer Randy Ostrow

Film producer Randy Ostrow will be honored with ShowEast 2014’s “Bingham Ray Spirit Award” More »

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REVIEWS

The Maze Runner
Film Review: The Maze Runner

Youths try to break out of a deadly maze in the latest young-adult doomsday thriller. More »

This is Where I Leave You
Film Review: This Is Where I Leave You

Siblings bond, fight and face new problems after the death of their father in an ensemble dramedy based on the best-selling novel. More »

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