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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Given Charlie McDowell’s Hollywood pedigree, introductions to the director can sound heraldic. He is the son of actress Mary Steenburgen (The Help, Melvin and Howard) and cult actor Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange). He is the stepson of Ted Danson. He is the boyfriend of Rooney Mara. He is a friend of director Steven Soderbergh, whose cameras he borrowed to shoot his first feature, The One I Love. More »
Thirty years ago, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird gave birth to four extraordinary terrapins. That's right, the pizza-loving, high-kicking Ninja Turtles aren't teenagers anymore... More »
If James Gunn had had his way, the Marvel Studios blockbuster that's arriving in theatres on August 1 to conquer the late-summer box office would be…Hit-Monkey. More »
The big problem in writing about Lucy, opening July 25 from Universal, is not giving away too much. Writer-director Luc Besson is happy to discuss how he cast the movie, the problems he faced shooting it, and the intricate special-effects work required before its release. But he understandably doesn't want to reveal what happens. More »
"You don't even have to ask—I'll volunteer that I don't have a sex tape," laughs Jake Kasdan over the phone from California. It's the answer to an unasked question that the 39-year-old writer, director and producer expects to be giving a lot in the near future, considering that the title of his latest film happens to be…Sex Tape. More »
Neither significantly better nor worse than its predecessor, the belated Sin City sequel is more of a repeat, rather than a continuation, of the original. More »
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