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Jim Caviezel didn't just play Bob Ladouceur in "When the Game Stands Tall." He totally bought into the man and his philosophy lock, stock and barrel.
CONCORD, Calif. Any time Hollywood makes a movie based on a real life story, it's going to take creative license.
Manipulative, contrived, melodramatic - all labels we slap on that most perfectly titled movie genre, "the weeper." All fit "If I Stay" like original packaging.Teenage girls and the boys who want to date them need to discover the pleasures of a well-executed teen weeper for themselves, and this film fills the bill.
"The One I Love" is a clever, lightweight amuse-bouche of a movie built around a conceit that can't be talked about in any detail without unraveling the whole thing. Let's just say it might have been something worthy of a "Twilight Zone" episode if Rod Serling were an indie filmmaker in the 21st century.
Now and then, Hollywood magic results from something decidedly non-glamorous - like a guy reading a book on a pile of smelly football shoulder pads.
Mia, the main character in Gayle Forman's book "If I Stay," has to make a major decision between fighting for life or giving up after an accident leaves her in a coma.
At long last, what seemed like an endless summer is over - at the movies, anyway.
We watch films about the Great Depression secure in the knowledge that they have a happy ending. They may portray the horrific poverty that struck the nation, only to then focus on the resilience of the American people and our eventual triumph.
Summer's spent, cinematically. So it's time to tally up the take, pat a few folks on the back and pass the buck of blame around Hollywood for the cinema season that was.
Every so often, a movie comes along and reminds us of the primacy of the pretty picture, the importance of the image in telling a motion picture story.
Antonio Banderasliterally let his mouth do the talking in "Expendables 3."
MIAMI BEACH Chloe Grace Moretz is spending a lot of time pondering life's transitions. At 17, it's not too soon for her to wonder about that generally awkward leap to more adult roles. For every Emma Watson, gracefully continuing her career into her 20s, there are five Amanda Bynes, andMoretz has to know that.
Llewyn Davis, the struggling folk singer at the center of "Inside Llewyn Davis," had a cat that he didn't particularly want. Frank, the struggling avant-garde rocker at the heart of the movie bearing his name, has a giant papier-mache head that he can't live without and wears everywhere. All the time.
"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner takes his act to the big screen with "Are You Here," which turns out to be the most quotable Owen Wilson comedy since "Zoolander."
Hollywood's vast warehouse of rom-coms is so overstuffed, it seems almost hubristic for anyone to attempt a fresh approach and expect to engage audiences who have seen it all before. "What If" just manages this daring feat, largely on the strength of Zoe Kazan's enormous appeal, with an able assist by Daniel Radcliffe, who here makes another smart post-"Harry Potter" career choice as her lovelorn pal.
Andy Warhol made more than 500 films between 1963 and 1972. Some ran for eight and a half hours while others lasted four minutes. Soon after he was shot in June 1968, Warhol withdrew most of his early art films from circulation. After his death in 1987, a handful of those films went back in circulation through the Museum of Modern Art's film library.
"The Giver," director Phillip Noyce's handsomely wrought take on Lois Lowry's bestseller, may suffer for sins not of its own making.
"The Expendables 3" proves that when it comes to summer action movies, first and last impressions really matter. Both the explosive opening and the massive battle scene that caps the film offer some of the best full throttle fun of this summer's offerings.
Antonio Banderas pretty much steals "The Expendables 3." But at this stage in that winded franchise, that amounts to petty theft.