LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in “The Producers” and the deranged animator of “Young Frankenstein,” has died.
By Ann Hornday, The Washington Post
Three stars. Rated PG-13. 84 minutes.
Like the warm summer day it chronicles, “Southside With You” possesses a mellow, languorous vibe, an infectious easygoing charm that insinuates itself gently, then seductively, as the couple at its center experiences the stirrings of what might be true love.
One and one-half stars. Rated PG-13. 98 minutes.
Vanessa H. Larson, Special To The Washington Post
Disappointingly true to its title, “A Tale of Love and Darkness” is dark and somber in just about every way.
NEW YORK (AP) — Dwayne Johnson elbowed Robert Downey Jr. aside to become the highest-paid actor with a fast and furious income of $64.5 million, according to Forbes magazine.
The former wrestler beat out Jackie Chan with $61 million and Matt Damon, who earned $55 million.
By Abby Ohlheiser, The Washington Post
Ron Weasley’s “patronus” is a Jack Russell terrier. Moaning Myrtle’s full name is Myrtle Elizabeth Warren. Harry Potter’s uncle loves “Top Gear.” Fluffy the three-headed dog was repatriated to Greece.
The $21.5 million Robert Redford/Jane Fonda movie “Our Souls at Night” will hold an open casting call for extras in Colorado Springs on Saturday, Aug. 27.
From the massacre at Paris’ Bataclan to last week’s shooting at The Tea Party Festival in Windsor, England, high-profile attacks at music festivals and clubs in the last year have made security a hot-button issue for concert venues.
Two stars out of four. Rated PG-13. 124 minutes.
Remaking a film that won 11 Academy Awards invites inevitable comparison, but the latest adaptation of “Ben-Hur” distinguishes itself from William Wyler’s 1959 epic by retooling key character and story elements.
“Indignation.” Philip Roth’s 2008 novel about a young Jewish man headed to an Ohio college in 1951 gets a very fine close-up thanks to James Schamus.
Why are romantic comedies so impractical and cheesy? I’m all for the grand gesture. But romance can be expressed just as genuinely without hiring a skywriter or orchestrating a flash mob.
By Elahe Izadi, The Washington Post
It’s a rich and powerful group: The world’s 10 highest paid actresses earned a combined $205 million over the last year, according to Forbes annual list of actress’s earnings.
By Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post
One and one-half stars. Rated R. In English and Spanish with subtitles. 105 minutes.
Panamanian prizefighter Roberto Duran is best known for defeating Sugar Ray Leonard in 1980 to become the welterweight world boxing champion — then dropping out of their rematch months later mid-fight.
What a day, what a date. The endearing indie “Southside With You” follows two colleagues around Chicago as they walk, talk and debate whether they’re indeed on a date or not.
By Michael Cavna, The Washington Post
We have blockbuster geek-culture films and we have high-art films. But in this millennium, amid modern market forces, can the twain ever really meet?
Especially if the name emblazoned on the director’s chair does not read “Nolan”?
By Michael Cavna, The Washington Post
Now that the Dog Days of Summer have given way to the “War Dogs” of the August gloaming, the movie season’s winners and losers have come into sharper focus.
Two stars. Rated R. 100 minutes.
“Equity,” a drama about female executives navigating sexism on Wall Street, has received lots of attention for being a movie written, directed, produced by and starring women.
Two stars. Rated R. 114 minutes.
Efraim Diveroli, the ungainly, socially awkward miscreant at the center of “War Dogs,” surrounds himself with paraphernalia from the movie “Scarface.” A still of Tony Montana and his “little friend” hangs on the wall of Efraim’s Miami office, a cut-rate military contractor called AEY; when Efraim gives his partner and best friend, David Packouz (Miles Teller), a sentimental gift, it’s a gold-plated hand grenade, inscribed with a quote from the film: The World Is Yours.
Three stars. Unrated. 98 minutes.
Werner Herzog has explored the known world from the Amazon and Antarctica to the prehistoric cave of Chauvet. It seems only fitting that he would set his restless, perpetually questioning sights on the Internet, the ether where we spend increasingly more of our lives, at their most public and most intensely secret.
Attending a Fathom event is like watching a movie at a theater. Until the person on the big screen starts taking questions from the audience. And answering them live.
When Deb Asselta first showed up to Saturday’s open casting call for an upcoming Netflix movie, she took one look at the crowd and left.
But, unable to resist the opportunity to be an extra in the movie, she returned two hours later.
“Hands of Stone” tells the story of legendary boxer Roberto Duran, who became a national hero in Panama with the help of the equally legendary American trainer Ray Arcel. Edgar Ramirez plays the mercurial pugilist.
Three stars. Rated R. 88 minutes.
By Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press
To all you Detroit-area robbery crews, we should probably warn you right away: It’s just not a good idea to pick 1837 Buena Vista Street for your big — and final — score.
M.L. Stedman’s best-selling novel, “The Light Between Oceans,” sat atop a pile of prospective projects at the DreamWorks offices where director Derek Cianfrance was taking a meeting. The still young but distinctive writer-director had been searching for a follow-up to “The Place Beyond the Pines.” His brooding triptych of a drama starred Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper as men whose tragic intersection left complicated legacies for their sons, who meet when they are teens.
By Alyssa Rosenberg, The Washington Post
A couple of months ago, the BBC — inspired by a poll that suggested film writers didn’t think much of the movies released after 2000 — reached out to a couple hundred critics to see what we thought were the best movies to come out thus far in the still relatively new century.
The raunchy comedy “Sausage Party” scored with audiences but it wasn’t exactly a dream come true for some Vancouver-based animators who worked on it.
The R-rated movie follows a crew of talking hot dogs, bread products and other grocery store staples who are horrified to find out what human teeth are capable of.
Four stars. Rated PG. 101 minutes.
“If you must blink, do it now,” begins the voice-over narration of the animated adventure “Kubo and the Two Strings.” “Pay careful attention to everything you see, no matter how unusual it may seem.”
“Lo and Behold: Reveries in a Connected World” Director Werner Herzog isn’t a Luddite. The renowned filmmaker is too curious about humankind for that. Still his latest documentary will have you asking — even debating — the Internet.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam West and Burt Ward are reprising their respective roles as Batman and Robin, but they won’t have to don tights this time around.
The actors are voicing the characters in the animated film “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders” out this fall.
So many films are miscast as “cult movies” these days that it’s easy to think a director or a studio can actually choose which of them gets to be considered a grassroots, underdog fan-favorite.