Marvel took a D-list team launched in a 1969 comic book — one that nobody cared about back in the day — and turned it into the slickest, funniest action blockbuster of the summer. “Guardians of the Galaxy” proves you don’t have to be an Avenger to rescue the Marvel Universe.
Twelve years in the making, filming a few scenes each year to capture kids as they progress through life, Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is an amazing achievement in telling an unremarkably remarkable life story.
Based on a fairly obscure comics series, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the first major studio film to be directed by James Gunn, a subversive stalwart who cut his movie teeth at New York’s low-fi cinema factory Troma Entertainment.
Filmmaker Robert Drew, a pioneer of the modern documentary who in "Primary" and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors that included D.A. Pennebaker and Albert Maysles, has died at age 90.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s Heart of America Hot Dog Festival wants to bring the community together through one of our nation’s favorite pastimes. Also this week: ‘Ragtime’ at Theatre in the Park and comedian Mike Epps at Starlight.
Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning "Godfather of Makeup" who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" and Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" among many others, has died. He was 92.
AND SO IT GOES 1 1/2 stars. Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton team for the first time in a wincingly sappy three-quarter-life rom-com about a Scrooge-like widower and a wifty lounge-singing widow - and the unexpected appearance of a cute-as-a-button grandchild, readymade to melt hearts. Rob Reiner directs, and shouldn't have. 1 hr. 34 PG-13 (profanity, adult themes) - Steven Rea
LOS ANGELES - Most actors in movies based on comic books can look through loads of material to get clues to playing their character. Professional wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista found little to help him understand Drax the Destroyer - the metaphor-challenged fighter in "Guardians of the Galaxy."
He's been one of the nation's most influential record promoters, the producer of an Oscar-nominated movie, a defendant who successfully fought racketeering charges in a high-profile payola case, and an admitted loan shark who shook down borrowers in ritzy Beverly Hills.