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The reason Richard E. Grant's character in "Dom Hemingway" seems a perfect fit is because the role was written for him. Director / writer Richard Shepard talked to the veteran actor on Skype a couple of years ago to tell him about the writing plan.
Shirley Knight, whose first screen appearance was in 1955's "Picnic" and who collected her first Oscar nomination for 1961's "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs,"gets the spotlight one more time in "Redwood Highway," playing a woman who walks from a retirement home to the coast of Oregon just to prove she can.
In Hollywood parlance, they "meet cute" - hestumbles into her first classseat on the train to Edinburgh.
Every homeless man has a story. And in the case of Dwight Evans, the "Duck Dynasty"-bearded hermit of the minimalist thriller "Blue Ruin," it's a minor epic.
A runaway train tale is a disaster made for the movies. It happens in real time, a ticking clock thriller where "the end of the line" is literally the end of the line for its victims. We learn which characters have "character" over the course of the crisis.
As plain and simple as the title is, it still gives the story away.
If you were rooting for the movie "Frankie & Alice" to beat "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" at the box office a couple of weeks ago, you fell almost $95 million short of your goal.
A lot of performers who come out of comedy, sketch and improvisation would rather die than do next-to-nothing on camera. Kristen Wiig, on the other hand - no problem. She can watch, and listen and be interesting. She's comfortable working on a small canvas with incremental brushstrokes, which makes her an apt match for the isolated, insulated character at the heart of "Hateship Loveship."
Imagine a Venn diagram charting three qualities: Silly, gross and dumb. At the point where they overlap you will find the fright film spoof "A Haunted House 2," a scattershot, anything-goes affair that's unapologetically stupid. Proudly stupid. Aggressively stupid.
The future - at least director Robert Zemeckis' idea of the future, as envisioned in 1989 - arrives, in our present space-time continuum, in 553 Earth days. That date, Oct. 21, 2015, is when "Back to the Future Part II" is set, and the movie imagines a world of flying vehicles, hoverboards, drone dog-walkers - and in the future a lot of stuff will float, apparently.
That man would have the hubris to reach the level of a god is a notion that has long animated both myth and literature. To see such ambition brought low is a story that never gets old, and that premise is the best part of "Transcendence," a belabored science-fiction fantasy that aims for what its title advertises and falls far short.
PHILADELPHIA - When we last checked in with Steve Coogan - all the way back in early December - the British actor and comedy star was chin-deep in awards-season mode, campaigning for "Philomena," the prestige picture in which he starred opposite Judi Dench, and which he cowrote and produced. It was based on the true story of an Irish retiree who joined a British journalist to look for the son she gave up for adoption as an unwed teen living in a Catholic convent.
"Transcendence" is "Her" for dummies - a romance between a woman and a machine for people who care more about technology, pixels and special effects than, you know, the things in life that matter.
Post-traumatic stress is better recognized now than in earlier decades, but it has been an aftereffect of every war. It's not until "The Railway Man" reveals the WWII survival story of its hero that we grasp the significance of the opening shot. Emotionally maimed Eric Lomax lies on his living room floor, reciting a children's rhyme about the passage of time. His harrowing youth as a prisoner of war laboring on Japan's Thai/ Burma railway afflicts his adulthood three decades later.
LOS ANGELES - Greg Kinnear says it's impossible for an actor to be part of a movie like "Heaven is for Real" and not start thinking about his or her own personal convictions. The film, based on the book of the same name, recounts 4-year-old Colton Burpo's story of visiting heaven.
"Bears" is exactly the sort of nature documentary we've come to expect from Disneynature, the film division of the company that rolls out a new nature documentary every year at Earth Day.
THE ATTORNEY 3 1/2 stars. A hustler-attorney's life changes when he takes on a case involving a student who was arrested and tortured by the South Korean government in this true story. 2 hrs. 07 No MPAA rating (profanity, mild violence, scenes of torture, smoking) - Tirdad Derakhshani
For years, the rumor about Johnny Depp was that he wouldn't take a role that required him to get a haircut. "Chocolat," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," "Sleepy Hollow" - mop-topped coincidences, or a career vanity?
Gabrielle is 22 and impulsive. But who isn't, at that age?