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"Heaven is for Real" is based on the true story of a 4-year-old Nebraska boy who after major surgery tells his father - a local minister - that he's been to Heaven. Although there are immediate doubts, people begin to accept the story when the youngster reveals information he only could have been given by those who died before he was born.
Greg Kinnear, an actor perpetually on the verge of tears, is the perfect choice to play a preacher whose son tells him he's been to heaven. And "Heaven is for Real," based on a book by a Nebraska pastor about his then-4-year-old son's near-death experience and account of a visit to heaven, is a sometimes touching and comforting account of this family's story.
"Fading Gigolo" is John Turturro's idea of an old-school Woody Allen comedy, sohe wrote Allen into it.
Kevin Costner plays a pro football general manager in "Draft Day," the latest entry in the actor's long association with sports on film.
Nicolas Cage must have been looking at Matthew McConaughey's recent career and thought, "Hey, I want some of that!"
Makers of the new Kevin Costner film "Draft Day" are banking that rabid NFL fans will have as much interest in a fictional version of the annual draft as they do in the real one. Director Ivan Reitman rips back the curtain to show the process coaches and executives go through to select college football prospects for their team.
Generally, "Nicolas Cage is back" is not an announcement to make movie lovers' hearts race. But in "Joe," the first-rate Cage of "Adaptation," "Leaving Las Vegas," "Raising Arizona" and "Face-Off" is back, the actor who gives demanding work his full measure of talent and dedication.
PITTSBURGH - First frights, like first kisses, stay with you forever.
Mirrors have been as much of a fixture in horror movies as knives and cats that suddenly jump from the shadows. But they're best in cameos, as in the ending of "Dressed to Kill" or the bathroom scene in "The Shining." "Oculus" revolves entirely around an ornate mirror that is, what, a gateway to hell? A summoning force for evil spirits? A really ugly piece of furniture from a medieval Pottery Barn?
CHICAGO - It's a recent, blustery Chicago day, and Jonathan Glazer is tucking into a lovely steak at David Burke's Primehouse. In support of his arresting new film "Under the Skin," starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien being on the prowl in Glasgow and rural Scotland, the London-born filmmaker, commercial veteran (check out his Guinness surfer ad sometime) and music-video specialist is talking about watching movies on television growing up, often with his father.
Let's get right to the heart of the matter: "The Raid 2," the sequel to the 2011 international cult hit "The Raid," is the most violent non-horror movie to hit theaters in a long time.
"Draft Day" is a "ticking clock" thriller built around the NFL draft, a movie that counts down to the fateful decision that one embattled general manager (Kevin Costner) makes with his team's first round pick.
THE ART OF THE STEAL 2 stars. Canadian writer-director Jonathan Sobol's uneven, mildly amusing and highly derivative heist comedy about a group of lovable, if sometimes bumbling art thieves is rescued from total mediocrity by a fine cast including Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Katheryn Winnick and Terence Stamp. 1 hr. 30 R (profanity, sexual references, coarse jokes) - Tirdad Derakhshani
In the '80s, when he was a young lad, Bruce heard the siren's call. More likely, it was Gloria Estefan's call. The "rhythm is gonna getcha," and it did. As a teen, he danced salsa with his sister Sam all over England. They won contests. He was a devil in Cuban heels and spangly pants - "Cuban Fury."
"The Unknown Known" is history and philosophy - colored, compelling and sometimes convoluted - told through some of the possibly millions of memos Donald Rumsfeld dictated during his career. An estimated 20,000 alone were crafted during the George W. Bush administration.
The women do the heavy lifting in "Oculus," this April's "Insidious," a complex and chilling big-screen ghost story with serious movie-date potential.
When the Indonesian action film "The Raid 2" was scheduled to screen on a Sunday night during the South by Southwest festival, the air was electric with anticipation.
With "Rio 2,"the creators of "Rio" give us more of everything that their first film had in just the right doses.But if this sequel proves anything, it's that more is not always better.
LOS ANGELES - In "Draft Day," Tom Welling sports a haircut that looks like it was done by a Marine barber and a beard that fits in with "Duck Dynasty." At 36, the actor still looks like he could play a high school student.