January 22, 2010 |
David Bossie, a veteran Republican campaign operative who made his mark investigating the Clintons, thought his group could offer a conservative answer to Michael Moore's successful films. After Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" premiered in 2004, Bossie's Citizens United group released "Celsius 41.11. " And after it became clear that Bossie's longtime enemy Hillary Rodham Clinton would run for president, Citizens United released another flick: "Hillary: The Movie. " Featuring a who's-who cast of right-wing commentators, the 2008 film takes...
June 6, 2013 |
Life looks pretty peachy for a quartet of vacationing Australians at the start of " Wish You Were Here . " Dancing, drinking, wandering through markets and touring Cambodian beaches, the two couples appear to be enjoying the trip of a lifetime. If only they had heeded an important rule of international travel: Leave the drugs at home. After a night of ecstasy and alcohol, the dream vacation goes terribly awry. One of the travelers disappears, and the other three bring back their own supply of secrets when they return to...
September 5, 2013 |
American moviegoers may only know Eugenio Derbez from " Jack and Jill ," in which he played Felipe, the Mexican gardener who is romantically involved with the titular Jill, played by Adam Sandler in drag. They shouldn't hold that crass and unfunny mess against the actor, who is a television superstar in his native Mexico. He's far funnier and far sweeter in " Instructions not Included ," a Mexican dramedy directed by and starring Derbez that was quietly released in the United States over Labor Day weekend,...
July 12, 2008 |
BEIJING -- The blockbuster success of an American animated movie that's set in ancient China , highlights Chinese culture, mythology and architecture and stars a kung fu fighting panda has filmmakers and ordinary Chinese wondering: Why wasn't this hit made . . . in China? "Kung Fu Panda" follows a slacker panda named Po, who works in his father's noodle shop and eventually fulfills his dream of becoming a kung fu fighter, and features the voices of Hollywood stars Jack Black and Angelina Jolie.
September 19, 2013 |
Director Shane Salerno has an admittedly tricky obstacle in making " Salinger ," a documentary about the intensely private " Catcher in the Rye " author, J.D. Salinger. After the tale of Holden Caulfield made Salinger a celebrity, the writer took up residence in small-town New Hampshire, avoiding press and fans. As a result, footage and photos of the enigmatic author, who died in 2010, are hard to come by. Salerno makes up for what he lacks visually with dramatic reenactments of a similarly...
December 28, 2008
It's fashionable to complain that they don't make movies for grown-ups anymore, but a glance back at 2008 reveals a far more cheerful truth: Fans of smart, engaged, ambitious cinema were spoiled for choice this year. What's more, they were treated to films that, whether intentionally or not, vividly reflected their time and place, such as the pluralist, post-9/11 New York of Tom McCarthy's keenly observed "The Visitor" or German director Fatih Akin's polyglot, intercultural drama "The Edge of Heaven.