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“A Better Life,” Reviewed (photo)

“A Better Life,” Reviewed

It shouldn’t be a consideration while watching “A Better Life” that it came into being as a form of payback for Chris Weitz, who last directed “Twilight: New Moon” for Summit Entertainment and was rewarded with a greenlight for that all-too-rare creature these days – the studio film for adults. But it has to be […]

“Kidnapped,” Reviewed (photo)

“Kidnapped,” Reviewed

Originally reviewed at Fantastic Fest 2010. A hallmark of Spanish horror in recent years has been the long take, something that’s been perfected by the disciples of Guillermo del Toro like “The Orphanage”‘s Juan Antonio Bayona and “Julia’s Eyes”‘s Guillem Morales and the filmmakers behind shockers like “[REC].” Of course, slow burns have always been […]

David Carr And Andrew Rossi Make Headlines With “Page One: Inside The New York Times” (photo)

David Carr And Andrew Rossi Make Headlines With “Page One: Inside The New York Times”

In the two weeks since I conducted this interview, The New York Times‘ executive editor Bill Keller announced that he would be stepping down from his position to become a full-time writer once more, paving the way for managing editor Jill Abramson to make history as the first woman to lead the venerable news organization […]

“Attack the Block” Plots Out A Pre-Release U.S. Invasion On June 15th (photo)

“Attack the Block” Plots Out A Pre-Release U.S. Invasion On June 15th

It was only last fall when I wrote about “the wonderful afterlife” of Edgar Wright‘s “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World,” which wasted no time in mobilizing its rabid fan base after a disappointing theatrical release with a series of midnight screenings featuring special guests to quickly cement its legacy not as a box office misfire, […]

Helena Bonham Carter Talks “Toast,” Perfumes, and Hypnotizing Johnny Depp (photo)

Helena Bonham Carter Talks “Toast,” Perfumes, and Hypnotizing Johnny Depp

Despite the fact that Helena Bonham Carter is currently in England filming Tim Burton’s reimagining of the ’60s TV series “Dark Shadows,” she’s sending her best to America. And she isn’t alone. As the digital distributor Emerging Pictures did last fall for a selection of Australian hits that wouldn’t have made it to U.S. theaters […]

“Judy Moody” and the Rarity of Indie Family Films (photo)

“Judy Moody” and the Rarity of Indie Family Films

When John Schultz was in elementary school, his favorite classroom activity was when the teacher would hand out a vocabulary list of 20 words and he would have to write a story that employed all of them. “I loved that challenge of here’s what you have to work with. Make it work,” Schultz said. It […]

Tom DeLonge Talks About “Love,” blink-182’s Reunion And The Biggest Moment of His Life (photo)

Tom DeLonge Talks About “Love,” blink-182’s Reunion And The Biggest Moment of His Life

There’s something charmingly old fashioned about the way Tom DeLonge calls his first venture into the film world “a motion picture,” which may be a more accurate description of “Love” than he may know. A film that’s so beautifully captured in every individual frame that it easily lends itself to adjectives such as striking and […]

Brian Cox Arms Up For Directorial Debut “Lady,” Raises Sword For “Ironclad”  (photo)

Brian Cox Arms Up For Directorial Debut “Lady,” Raises Sword For “Ironclad”

In order to understand what Brian Cox went through on “Ironclad,” one must spoil a climactic plot point in the film, so if you’d prefer to remain unsullied, please dive right into the Q & A. But if not, you should place yourself in Wales in November, where as director Jonathan English recalls, “It was […]

Djo Munga Celebrates “Viva Riva!” (photo)

Djo Munga Celebrates “Viva Riva!”

When the budding gangster Riva first lays eyes on the flame-haired Nora, the arm candy of an abusive thug she’s itching to distance herself from, she’s crouched behind the club relieving herself in the most unladylike of ways. It’s not the meet cute that you’d expect to spark a life-changing love affair, but then again […]

Remembering When Steven Spielberg Wanted To Create A Universal Film School With Quentin Tarantino (photo)

Remembering When Steven Spielberg Wanted To Create A Universal Film School With Quentin Tarantino

Steven Spielberg has been out of the public eye for the last few years, but that’s all about to change this week. 2011 will actually be one of the most prolific years for the famed director ever, with his long-gestating motion-capture project “Adventures of Tintin” and the drama “War Horse” being released within a week […]