As played by the ever busy Michael Fassbender, Frank — in this wonderfully iconoclastic comedy — is the leader of an avant garde band whose music is, like the movie, an acquired taste. But that taste sure sticks with you.
Director Michael Winterbottom’s light, dry comedy is a model of minimalism in the way it follows Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, playing ever-so-slightly fictionalized versions of themselves, and their conversation through the sun-drenched Italian countryside.
The genre of zombie comedies isn’t moribund yet, but may be getting there. The latest example, “Life After Beth,” starts off as a nicely skewed romantic comedy with amusing humor and horror bits, but doesn’t really know where to take the premise.
What sounds good on paper looks pretty dreary on film. What takes hotel inspector Irene Lorenzi (Margherita Buy) most of the movie to figure out — that life on the road, though paved with gold, can prove tedious — becomes clear to viewers within the first few minutes.
“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here,” is the inscription uncovered by a gang of 20-something treasure hunters in the catacomb-hopping horror flick, “As Above, So Below.” But the warning could easily apply to viewers.
Will it be a September to remember for baseball fans in Kansas City? The Royals were in first place on Aug. 31 for the first time in decades and are in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Check out this special collection of stories and charts to get you prepared for the critical final month.
Medient Studios promised to bring 1,000 jobs and a taste of Hollywood glamor to the middlebrow suburbs of Effingham County last summer, when the company broke ground on a $90 million movie-production campus west of Savannah.
With dozens of films jostling for attention at the Venice Film Festival, it takes originality to make an impact. Two Israeli filmmakers have done it by refusing to accept that death is no laughing matter.
As George Clooney and Sandra Bullock prepare this fall to shoot the political comedy "Our Brand Is Crisis," in New Orleans, producers are looking for locals interested in appearing as extras in the film.
Perhaps as a sign this summer couldn't be over soon enough for Hollywood, the top three positions at the box office for the weekend were exactly the same as last week: "Guardians of the Galaxy" continued its surprising run with an estimated three-day draw of $16.3 million, and with a cumulative total of $274.6 million in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, the film became the top box-office draw not only of the summer but of the year so far, passing "Captain America: The Winter Solider."