Once you have opened the presents, eaten a big meal and had your fill of football — and your out-of-town relatives — what else is there to do? Go to the movies, of course. Besides the much-discussed comedy “The Interview,” there are several much-anticipated films that open on Christmas Day. The Star has reviews of each by Robert W. Butler, Jon Niccum and Loey Lockerby.
According the Business Insider, the Sony comedy will cost $5.99 to rent or $14.99 to own. It will also be available on Sony’s own site, SeeTheInterview.com, which will accept online payments via Stripe.
Sony Entertainment announced a limited theatrical release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco satire. Sony also said it was working to release the film as video on demand. Which means after a week of controversy, terroristic threats and international intrigue, the movie now will open as originally scheduled: on Christmas.
It’s a kid-friendly mashup of familiar fairy tales with some amusing comedic moments and oodles of forgettable songs. But the last act strives to be edgier, which results in some off-putting filmmaking choices. More grim than Grimm, you might say.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
If you remember the ’60s and ’70s, you’ve no doubt seen plenty of Margaret Keane’s paintings, with their sad-eyed waifs staring out of the canvas. Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” gives her the credit she’s due, but in a way that feels strangely muted.
Robert W. Butler, Jon Niccum and Loey Lockerby concurred that Michael Keaton’s “Birdman” and Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” belonged on their individual lists, but there are many other movies our critics believe are among the year’s best. Check out their lists.
Amid threats by a presumed shadowy unit of hackers that had already gone public with the studio’s internal emails, Sony decided to pull the film. The decision could have a long-term effect on moviemaking, the arts and free speech.
Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.
Once upon a time, there was a magic land. Little Red Riding Hood lived there, with Cinderella, Rapunzel and Jack from the beanstalk. They tried to find unconditional love for their families but found it can be a horrible battle. Especially while confronting the Wicked Witch, who used to be the Devil Who Wears Prada. Or being wooed by the Big Bad Wolf, who used to be Sweeney Todd, and liked to eat women. Or Prince Charming, who was admittedly "charming, not sincere." They did not all live happily ever after, but wow, the audience did.
There's a painstaking perfectionism in the stunning landscapes of England's J.M.W. Turner, and in "Mr. Turner," England's greatest filmmaker in the field of grumpy eccentrics, Mike Leigh, gives us a portrait of the artist as a misanthropic genius.
The story is true, and astounding. In 1943 Louis Zamperini, an athlete turned B-24 bombardier for the U.S. Army Air Force, crashed in the South Pacific and drifted 47 days in a deflating raft with two other lacerated crewmen. The hellish limbo amid ocean swells, blazing sun and circling sharks did not end with a rescue, but a capture. The Japanese navy shipped them to prisoner of war camps, where they were treated with inhuman brutality.