After “Ed Wood,” his delightful 1950s biography of America’s most dreadful filmmaker, Burton once again offers a true story that scratches the kitsch. “Big Eyes,” set in the early ’60s, once again salutes ham-and-cheese creativity. It tells the far-fetched but factual story of the past century’s worst artistic team....
Mark Wahlberg takes on his most ambitious acting job ever in “The Gambler,” a gritty remake of a 1974 film that starred James Caan. And the new gambler doesn’t embarrass himself....
While their careers include fine performances, Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley are so ambitious, so subtle and so intelligent as the protagonists of “The Imitation Game” that their earlier work feels light.
A dramatized biography of Alan Turing, a World War II code-breaker for England, the film offers them roles that require them to move through multiple motifs of bravery and cowardice.... READ MORE
Into the Woods
The sly send-up of fantasy tropes and healthy doses of humor help “Into the Woods” feel very much like the books and films it gently satirizes, even as it stands on its own as a solid entry into the musical-fantasy genre.....
Whatever else Angelina Jolie has been doing in her busy personal, professional and activist life, we can be sure she wasn’t spending it watching World War II prisoner-of-war movies.
“Unbroken,” her film of Laura “Seabiscuit” Hillenbrand’s book about ex-Olympian Louis Zamperini’s true-life survivor story, stumbles into most every movie of the genre in ways that suggest she hasn’t figured out how these things work. Suspense and pathos evade her as she turns an admittedly unwieldy biography into a dull, perfunctory and truncated film......
"The Interview" opens Friday at the NickA group of art house theater managers has petitioned Sony Entertainment to suggest they could be an outlet for release of “The Interview,” the movie pulled last week after hackers threatened to attack theaters showing it......