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Black Panther, Marvel’s African hero, in the spotlight

NEW YORK -- Captain America and Iron Man may be the stars of Marvel’s latest comic-book blockbuster, but Black Panther -- making his big-screen...

Ingredients are assembled for summer movie magic

By Richard Roeper In the 2010s, the key ingredients for the Summer Blend Recipe for Movies are as follows: • Multiple portions of costumed superhero adventures •...

Star Wars comes to Hong Kong Disneyland

STAR WARS comes to Hong Kong Disneyland this summer, with a dogfight in space, lightsaber battles, and encounters with characters from the movies. “Star Wars: Tomorrowland...

All kinds of mothers in Mother’s Day

MOTHERS of all kinds get their due in Mother’s Day, a romantic comedy about everyone’s first love. Director and producer Garry Marshall once again brings...

Control and conscience divides heroes in Captain America: Civil War

LOS ANGELES -- Marvel’s band of Avengers are usually a friendly bunch, but when faced with the destruction of their heroic efforts to save...

Prince’s film career tale of success and failure

LOS ANGELES -- Three feature films, an Oscar -- and several Razzies. Prince’s film career blazed brightly but briefly compared to his 40-year reign in...

Team Iron Man or Team Captain America?

MARVEL SUPERHERO FANS can now take their sides at the cinema, well before the latest installment of the Captain America film series hits theaters. While...

LGBT comedy delivers, sort of

By Zsarlene B. Chua Movie Review Echorsis: Sabunutan Between Good and Evil Directed by Lem Lorca LEM LORCA’s horror-comedy Echorsis: Sabunutan Between Good and Evil, which tells of...

Nia Vardalos celebrates another Wedding

By Angela Dawson HOLLYWOOD -- After the phenomenal success of 2002’s international sleeper hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the pressure was on Nia Vardalos,...

Women lead the way in The Huntsman: Winter’s War

WITH LEADING ladies Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, female characters dominate fantasy film The Huntsman: Winter’s War, unleashing dark forces, freezing enemies...

Bunker mentality

By Noel Vera Movie Review 10 Cloverfield Lane Directed by Dan Trachtenberg HOW GOOD is the first three-fourths of Dan Trachtenberg’s supposed sequel to Matt Reeves’s popular monster...

Favreau gives Jungle Book a girl-power makeover

LOS ANGELES — One of the best-loved animated films of all-time, The Jungle Book boasted iconic songs and a cast that ensured it would...

Bollywood studios eye profits at last as India goes smartphone mad

MUMBAI -- India’s all-singing, all-dancing movie hits capture the attention of hundreds of millions of fans -- but they generate precious little in box...

Grieve, smash, dance — Gyllenhaal’s Demolition has it

NEW YORK — In the movie Demolition, actor Jake Gyllenhaal loses his wife in a traffic accident, pours his heart out to a vending...

Suggested by current events

By Zsarlene B. Chua BASED on the events that rocked the country three years ago which led to the imprisonment of three senators and a...

George Clooney returns to Coens fold

By Angela Dawson, Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD — George Clooney, who starred in Joel and Ethan Coens’ 1930’s-set comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou? in...

Caesar salad

By Noel Vera Movie Review Hail, Caesar! Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen THE COEN BROTHERS — love em or hate em — are consistent; they may hold...

Bryan Cranston soaked in persona of blacklisted scribe Trumbo

By Angela Dawson, Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD — Though few outside of the Hollywood community know the name Dalton Trumbo, the two-time Academy Award winning...

Jennifer Garner explains how new faith film made her return to...

LOS ANGELES — In new faith film Miracles from Heaven, which is based on a true story, actress Jennifer Garner plays Christy Beam, the...

It’s a generational thing

IT’S DEFINITELY A family movie affair in Kung Fu Panda 3, as the lead actors’ voices alongside those of their kids and grandkids. In recent...

Semi-crouching Tiger

By Noel Vera AMAZING how under certain circumstances critics’ reactions are so ridiculously uniform, so hilariously predictable down to specific complaints on specific titles. Crouching...

Joseph Fiennes on Jacko, Risen

By Angela Dawson, Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD — As Hollywood was going all politically correct in admonishing the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences...

Biblical detective

By Richard Roeper Movie Review Risen Directed by Kevin Reynolds Give the Sony Pictures-backed Affirm Films and Risen director and co-writer Kevin Reynolds credit for making a different...

Out at sea

By Richard Roeper Movie Review The Finest Hours Directed by Craig Gillespie PROPS to the cast of The Finest Hours, most of whom spend about three-quarters of their...

Culture shock and awe: A diary of National Arts Month

By Jessica Zafra ON SUNDAY we ran into Grace at the ballet at the Cultural Center, and on Wednesday we saw her again at the...

Ms. Deeds

By Noel Vera Movie Review Joy Directed by David O. Russell DAVID O. RUSSELL’S Joy (2015) — about Joy Mangano, creator of the Miracle Mop and early diva...

Yet another Nicholas Sparks tearjerker

By Richard Roeper Movie Review The Choice Directed by Ross Katz NOBODY, and I mean nobody, cranks out more romance tragedy porn than Nicholas Sparks. Sparks writes the novels...

The hole world

By Noel Vera Movie Review Room Directed by Lenny Abrahamson LENNY ABRAHAMSON’S adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel Room, about abducted sexually abused Joy (Brie Larson) locked away in...

One movie, two radically different opinions

Movie Review The Revenant Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu Bear necessity By Noel Vera GOT TO ADMIT: not a big fan of Alejandro González Iñárritu. Thought his first feature...

Redmayne in top form

By Michael Roddy, Reuters Movie Review The Danish Girl Directed by Tom Hooper SO THE QUESTION that was expected to arise — if only jokingly — with the...

Mired in the mire

By Richard Roeper Movie Review Sisters Directed by Jason Moore STARTING with Chicago’s ImprovOlympic in the early 1990s and continuing through Saturday Night Live and films and even...

Bennet sisters don swords Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

LOS ANGELES — Jane Austen’s classic tale Pride and Prejudice gets a somewhat different makeover for cinema screens with heroine Elizabeth Bennet armed with...

Why does this film exist?!?!

By Richard Roeper Movie Review Dirty Grandpa Directed by Dan Mazer IF I’D HAD ACCESS to the script for Dirty Grandpa before filming commenced, I seriously would have...

A borough’d life

Movie Review Brooklyn Directed by John Crowley By Noel Vera JOHN CROWLEY’s Brooklyn is a beautifully gauzy dream of a movie where all the folks...

Benghazi the film Clinton’s newest headache

THE DEADLY militant attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 continues to haunt Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, this time in the...

David Bowie: A force on screen and soundtracks

By Richard Roeper DAVID BOWIE was one of the most beloved and influential musical artists of the 20th (and early 21st) century — but he...

The Big Short tries to make the 2008 Financial Crisis fun...

By Anousha Sakoui, Bloomberg View HOLLYWOOD is trying a new way to get film fans interested in the 2008 financial crisis, turning the worst market...

The world goes round

By Noel Vera Movie Review The Big Short Directed by Adam McKay ADAM MCKAY’S The Big Short — adapted from Michael Lewis’ book of the same name —...

2016 Promises plenty of cinematic excitement

By Richard Roeper Every movie fan has a “Can’t wait to see that!” title they carry around in their personal anticipation files. In 2015, Star Wars:...

What to see this week

4 films to see on the week of Jan. 15-22, 2012: Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin ANDOY RANAY, Chris Martinez, and Mark Meily direct the three...

A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

By Richard Roeper FOR A manic-depressive, alcoholic, washed-up political consultant of a certain age who’s dealing with altitude sickness in strife-torn Bolivia, and, oh yeah,...

The ‘better’ of 2015

By Noel Vera I PARTICIPATED in two End-of-the-Year surveys: Film Comment’s and Sight and Sound’s, the latter having the advantage of making every voter’s list...

You’re in good hands, Charlie Brown

By Richard Roeper Movie Review The Peanuts Movie Directed by Steve Martino YOU’RE IN GOOD HANDS, Charlie Brown. Some 65 years after the launch of the much-beloved Peanuts comic...

Nuts

By Noel Vera FIRST you have that scribbled line -- halfway between a fluid streak and a crabbed scrawl. It’s an expressive line, able to...

Why Disney blew up more than 30 years of Star Wars...

WHILE the arrival of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a new beginning for the storied franchise, it’s a painful reminder of something else:...