In a year when filmmakers and actors took big creative risks, J.C. Chandor’s understated drama just couldn’t compete when it came to awards and Top 10 lists. That’s too bad, because this is one of the smartest and best-acted films of 2014.
“Black or White” is a frank, touching and very well-acted melodrama about child custody and cultural perceptions of “blackness” and “the race card,” and could have earned Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner fresh Oscar nominations.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has asked “American Sniper” director Clint Eastwood and the blockbuster’s star, Bradley Cooper, to condemn anti-Arab and anti-Muslim threats in the wake of the film’s success.
“American Sniper” is tops at the box office but don’t expect to see former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura lining up at a theater for it. Ventura, a former Navy SEAL, won $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit last year against the estate of the late Chris Kyle, the SEAL protagonist of the movie.
Seventeen films are slated to run at this weekend’s “horror and thriller event” at the Armour Screenland, which also features 18 vendors selling toys and collectibles. Among the films is “Jennifer Help Us,” a feature-length indie shot entirely on iPhone 4s.
Three days after the Glenwood Arts showed its final movie at Metcalf South Shopping Center, the Screenland Crown Center announced it will close Feb. 26. The movie theater is making way for a professional live theater — Musical Theater Heritage — that is taking over Crown Center’s operation of the space.
Short subjects have all but disappeared from regular movie theaters, yet there remains a substantial audience for these concise and sometimes overwhelming films. This year’s Oscar-nominated animated and live-action shorts — opening Friday in separate programs at the Tivoli Cinemas Theatre — are less about conventional storytelling than about establishing a mood that sticks with us after the lights come on.
“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house – not with a star-studded red carpet, but with police protection. A week before the premiere, the Church of Scientology took out full-page ads in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times claiming the documentary is filled with falsehoods.
Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn ventured deep into the heart of America to film the gambling drama "Mississippi Grind," a gritty, 70s-style road trip movie about two near-strangers travelling from Dubuque, Iowa to New Orleans.
Hollywood Sign seekers can’t just take a bus or join a tour group. Arriving at the sign that towers magnificently over Los Angeles’ skyline requires traipsing through a densely populated hillside neighborhood of 20,000 people, one dotted by multimillion-dollar homes located on steep, narrow, almost impassable canyon roads.
Oscar hopes for "Birdman" got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner "Boyhood."
Sundance breakout "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," a quirky, heartfelt story about a pair of high school film-lovers who befriend a girl with cancer, won both the U.S. dramatic audience award and the grand jury prize at the 31st Sundance Film Festival awards, announced Saturday.