The Belle of Brittania: Amma Asante directs true story of a young mixed-race woman who changed history

Belle Feature

Director Amma Asante on Belle, Fox Searchlight’s May 2 release inspired by the life of the real Dido Elizabeth Belle, illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy admiral and the great-niece of Chief Justice Lord Mansfield, the man who raised her, and whose court rulings influenced the English abolition of slavery. More »




Spidey Feature
Electro-fying: Marc Webb ups the ante as Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti join ‘Spider-Man’ villains gallery

He leaps into the void without a net, pouncing onto things and occasionally cracking wise to relieve the tension and make a point. Spider-Man? Sure. But also director Marc Webb... More »

Ozon Feature
She was just 17: Francois Ozon’s provocative drama introduces ‘Young & Beautiful’ Marine Vacth

After the mesmerizing In the House, French auteur François Ozon has done it again with the equally riveting Young & Beautiful, which opens in New York on April 25. More »

Surnow feature
Big time: ‘24’ co-creator Joel Surnow drives off the TV lot with refurbished car-dealer comedy

Small Time, which marks the big-screen directing debut of a small-screen writer-producer, is a charmer of a character comedy that comes out exactly life-size. More »

Ilo Ilo Feature
Family ties: Anthony Chen’s award-winning ‘Ilo Ilo’ explores life of a Filipino maid in Singapore

Anthony Chen may be only 29 years old, but his deep humanity and keen understanding of people, with all of their conflicts and contradictions, stamp him as an old and very wise soul. More »

Errol Morris
The haze of history: Errol Morris queries Donald Rumsfeld about fog of Iraq War

A 2013 study estimated that the second Iraq War cost the United States over $2 trillion. Tens of thousands of casualties include the deaths of almost 4,500 U.S. soldiers. More »

Captain America Feature
Soldier showdown: Joe and Anthony Russo take the helm of ‘Captain America’ franchise

Joe and Anthony Russo, the Coen Brothers of TV, have shepherded such series as “Community” and “Happy Endings” as executive producers and “Arrested Development” and other series as directors, winning an Emmy Award along the way. More »

Bad Words Feature
To bee or not to bee: Jason Bateman crashes a spelling contest as star and director of ‘Bad Words’

Although Bad Words advertises itself with a close-up of Jason Bateman’s mouth forming (possibly foaming) the F-word, it turns out that Focus Features’ irreverent R-rated antic is more about spelling than swearing. More »

Divergent Feature
‘Divergent’ emergent: Neil Burger directs Lionsgate’s new bid for a dystopian young-adult franchise

Sometimes a filmmaker has to look a long time before finding a project that’s the right fit. And then he often has to wait an even longer time just to get it green-lit and off the ground. But every so often, the perfect project just falls in a filmmaker’s lap. Ready to go. That’s how Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless) found himself attached to Divergent. More »

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REVIEWS

The Other Woman
Film Review: The Other Woman

Three women bond together to get revenge on a cheating lover in a comedy dominated by a wonderful Leslie Mann. More »

Transcendence
Film Review: Transcendence

Johnny Depp is an idealistic researcher whose consciousness is uploaded into an artificial intelligence in this slick techno-thriller with delusions of seriousness from Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer. More »

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