Apr. 21, 2016 at 12:00am | By Cary Darling |Permalink
Someday, in the not-too-distant future, a writing teacher will hold up a copy of the novel A Hologram for the King by acclaimed author Dave Eggers and use it as Exhibit A as why not every book, no matter how beloved, should be turned in a movie.
Apr. 21, 2016 at 12:00am | By Paul de Barros |Permalink
One of the biggest challenges of writing a biography is finding — or, in some respects, inventing — a storyline, since life itself includes lots of interesting stuff but usually no plot. Multiply that problem by 10 for the biopic film genre, since the writer and director need to tel...
Apr. 15, 2016 at 8:43am | By Katie Walsh |Permalink
Warner Bros. Entertainment and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures
Arriving 14 years after the original Barbershop, and 12 after Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Barbershop: The Next Cut is saddled with the task of taking a familiar property and bringing it up to date.
Apr. 14, 2016 at 12:00am | By Michael Phillips |Permalink
Sony Pictures Classics
With musical biopics, so often the most crucial element — the music — becomes a solo act, accompanied by little to nothing in the way of strong visual corollaries. You get the outline of a tormented genius’ life, and a misguided, reverential sense of respect, but no cinema, n...
Apr. 14, 2016 at 2:00pm | By Moira Macdonald |Permalink
Music Box Films
Alexander Sokurov’s Francofonia occupies a sparsely populated middle ground between documentary and narrative feature. It’s the story of a real place, and two real men, told in a circular, meandering fashion with lashings of cinematic imagination.
Apr. 13, 2016 at 5:59pm | By David Wiegand |Permalink
HBO via TNS
HBO’s Confirmation isn’t the first TV project to play it safe, but in this case, playing it safe results in a missed opportunity that has as much to do with what’s happening in the real world as it does with timid filmmaking.