A well-oiled machine of visuals, and yet a wobbling rattletrap of storytelling, the sci-fi fantasy "Tomorrowland" is an unwieldy clunker driven into the ditch at full speed. Injured in the accident were George Clooney as a boy inventor turned adult cynic, Britt Robertson as a spunky teen optimist, Hugh Laurie as a generic villain, and many ...Read more
CANNES, France -- It's been three years since I talked to French director Jacques Audiard at the Festival de Cannes for his "Rust and Bone," six since I interviewed him about his exceptional, Grand Prize-winning "Un Prophete." When I complimented him on how much his English had improved over time, his reaction was characteristically brisk.
CANNES, France -- The history of pop music is filled with far too many untimely demises. But for all the cultural lumping together of these tragedies, they're hardly as similar as we tend to believe.
In "Amy," a new documentary about the late star Amy Winehouse, we learn just how unique and complicated a descent can be.
That narrative helped ...Read more
PJ Paparelli, the artistic director of the American Theater Company, a highly respected and nationally accomplished director of new plays, the co-author of such potent works of documentary theater as "Columbinus" and "The Project(s)," and one of the Chicago theater's most formidable and complicated talents, died Thursday while on vacation in ...Read more
"San Andreas" (PG-13): After a massive earthquake strikes the West Coast, California's only hope of survival is a search and rescue helicopter pilot played by -- who else? -- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
"Aloha" (PG-13) Writer-director Cameron Crowe ("Jerry Maguire," "Almost Famous") returns with this comedy about a romantic ...Read more
CHICAGO -- On the one hand, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry says it wants its big new showcase for cutting-edge robotics to dispel fear about the soulless mechanized creatures rising up and taking the place of humans. "The point we try to make is that it's robots and humans, not robots or humans," said John Beckman, director of exhibit ...Read more
A little more than three months after the moon was in the seventh house and Jupiter aligned with Mars on Feb. 14, NBC is launching the new summer series "Aquarius." David Duchovny trades tracking aliens for chasing mass murders as a Los Angeles detective trying to do his job in a world of free love, long hair, cheap drugs, police brutality, ...Read more
Well, the little girl gets it.
Kennedi Clements plays Maddy Bowen, the child trapped between the real world and the afterlife in the new version of "Poltergeist," and gives us wild-eyed terror we can hang onto and a blood-curdling scream that will haunt your nightmares.
The rest of the players? They sort of shrug it off. Sam Rockwell, as the ...Read more
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Lost, Siobhan Whelan stands on a ledge, tormented and one step away from jumping. Only the kindness of a seductive stranger brings her back. But her savior is more than meets the eye, and soon Voni finds herself thrust into a strange new world.
Long has Malakai Vadim shouldered the ...
CANNES, France -- Movies about the Holocaust constitute a longstanding genre, with a wide range of filmmakers plumbing many angles and story lines in the 70 years since the atrocities came to an end.
So a first-time director would hardly seem like the odds-on choice to turn the form on its head.
Yet at this year's Cannes Film Festival, that's ...Read more
TOKYO -- When composer Toshi Ichiyanagi arrived at my hotel near Suntory Hall for tea, he apologized for bringing a bag of his recent CDs, since it would add weight to my luggage. He laughed when he said that in halting English. He then smiled contentedly, knowing full well how hard it is to hear his current music outside Japan.
Though his work...Read more
Ice Cube knows where he stands among younger fans: Many know him more from saccharine Hollywood movies like "Are We There Yet?" than from bitter and incendiary landmark rap albums such as "Straight Outta Compton" and "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted."
Turns out he actually kind of likes it that way.
"School is in session," he said in his unmistakably ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- "Aloft" sets up a compelling mystery -- how could a loving mother abandon her son? -- and then, frustratingly, refuses to solve it.
The first English-language film from Peruvian director Claudia Llosa follows a falconer (Cillian Murphy) as he embarks on a journey to find his eccentric, estranged mother (Jennifer Connelly). ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- "When Marnie Was There," the delicate, evocative new Japanese animated film from Studio Ghibli, does not fall neatly into any conventional narrative category. But that doesn't get in the way of it being visually spectacular.
As directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, responsible for "The Secret World of Arrietty," "Marnie" shares with ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Disney's "Tomorrowland" is likely going to launch at No. 1 during a slower Memorial Day weekend at the box office.
The futuristic fantasy is expected to bring $50 million over the four-day holiday, according to people familiar with pre-release audience surveys.
Holdovers "Pitch Perfect 2" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" are expected to...Read more
Would that we all got our favorite band to play our favorite song as we say goodbye to our greatest career achievement.
David Letterman's final "Late Show" was generally low-key and self-deprecating (Julia Louis-Dreyfus got the best line, thanking Dave for "being a part of another hugely disappointing series finale," as Jerry Seinfeld stewed ...Read more
David Letterman's final appearance as host of "The Late Show" delivered the CBS program's best overnight rating since December 2005, when Oprah Winfrey was a guest.
Based on the overnight data from the top 56 markets measured by Nielsen, the 90-minute farewell averaged a 9.3 rating and a 24 share -- higher than any prime-time show that aired on...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- "We're going to do something we've never done before," Mick Jagger said early in the Rolling Stones' not-so-"secret" show Wednesday night at the 1,200-capacity Fonda Theatre in Hollywood to launch the group's 2015 Zip Code tour.
You wouldn't think the "world's greatest rock 'n' roll band," 50-plus years down the line, would have ...Read more
When David Letterman signed off on CBS' "The Late Show" Wednesday night, a bunch of A-listers turned up to bid him goodbye.
But one celebrity who didn't show? Letterman's friend-turned-nemesis, Jay Leno.
According to Letterman's producers, the former host of NBC's "Tonight Show" was invited but declined.
There may have been a good reason for ...Read more
"I'll be honest with you," David Letterman said at the outset of his very last TV show after more than three decades. "It's beginning to look like I'm not going to get 'The Tonight Show.'"
What he did get, on show No. 6028 Wednesday of the nation's longest late-night career, was a celebrity studded sendoff that reveled in nostalgia and, by the ...Read more
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. 2.5 stars. The action in the latest Marvel Universe installment -- and there's plenty -- is just what you'd expect: giant-screen CG-driven thwacking, thumping, throwing SUVs into the air, the titular A.I. bad guy looking invincible -- until he isn't. It's state-of-the-art, it's videogame-like, it's sort of cool. It's ...Read more
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