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Ex Machina

posted: 04/24/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

By nearly any measure, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac) is a phenomenal success. At the age of 13 he wrote the initial search algorithm that eventually would go on to power his megawatt company, Blue Book, to become the most powerful Internet search client in the world. By now a multi-billionaire, the reclusive Bateman spends his days on his pristine natural estate somewhere in the rolling mountains and flowing streams of what appears to be the Pacific Northwest, working tirelessly on a new, quintessential project designing the world's first true AI interface.

Previews

posted: 04/24/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

The Age of Adaline

Director continues moody sci-fi genre

posted: 04/24/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

A few years back, I had the opportunity to speak to a director about the difficulty of casting for royalty. It seemed a tricky business, being able to capture the particular confluence of wealth, prestige and to the manner born that would read to a movie audience as suitably removed from the rest of us.

Coming Attractions

posted: 04/24/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Avengers: Age of Ultron, PG-13 The Avengers must assemble to combat the threat of Ultron. With Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, James Spader. Directed by Josh Whedon. May 1

Review: The Age of Adaline

posted: 04/24/2015 2:18 a.m. Comment 1

The Age of Adaline is not really a movie. It's more like two movies fighting for the same screen at the same time. On one hand, it has a juicy setup. The script by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz thoughtfully explores the pros and cons of living forever. It's too bad they didn't devote the same mental effort toward the limp romance that keeps intruding.

Review: The Water Divier

posted: 04/24/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Making his directorial debut with the brawny and big-hearted Australian war drama The Water Diviner, Russell Crowe taps a deep well of symbolism, cultural empathy and good old-fashioned storytelling. Crowe, who also stars as a grieving father stoically bulldozing through Turkey in search of three sons missing in action after the WWI battle at Gallipoli, is on shakier ground with a gooey romantic subplot, which brings to mind the actor's out-of-his-element performance in the Ridley Scott romantic comedy A Good Year.

Review: Wild Tales

posted: 04/24/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

People are capable of amazing acts of love, generosity and self-sacrifice. They can also be vain, bitter and vengeful creatures who use their terrifying intelligence in precisely calibrated ways. The wonder of Argentinian writer-director Damian Szifron's Wild Tales is that it is somehow able to demonstrate the extremes of human unkindness while never reducing its characters to props.

Box Office: Furious 7 continues record haul

posted: 04/24/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Furious 7 finished atop the box office for the third consecutive weekend with about $29.2 million in ticket sales in U.S. and Canadian theaters, but it was the international market that pushed the Universal Pictures film to be the highest grossing release worldwide in the studio's 103-year history.

Review: The Wrecking Crew

posted: 04/24/2015 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Tommy Tedesco was a minor hero of mine; I used to read his "Studio Log" column in Guitar Player magazine religiously. It was a witty and insightful read that demystified the life of a studio musician. In each column, Tedesco would give the details of a particular session date, informing us who the date was for, what gear he'd used, what particular problems he'd encountered, how he'd modified the music, and even how much he'd been paid. He also included a lead sheet from the session, usually decorated with his own hand-scribbled notes.

Wrecking director makes it personal

posted: 04/24/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

As part of my standard procedure for conducting interviews, I let subjects know they're being recorded. When I told director Denny Tedesco know that, unlike the National Security, I let people know when the microphone is on, he half-jokingly replied, "I only wish somebody would listen to me."

Super Quiz: Burial Sites

posted: 04/24/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

1. John F. Kennedy

Helpful Hints

posted: 04/24/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: If you will be traveling with your pet (or pets), here are a few hints for you and your furry friends. Some hints below are from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and some are from Heloise Central:

MovieStyle: Artificial (and emotional) Intelligence

posted: 04/23/2015 10:46 a.m. Discuss

Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina is a futuristic thriller about a remarkably realistic robot (Alicia Vikander) who begins to realize that she’s superior to the puny humans who built her. Though the story sounds familiar, our Piers Marchant peels back it layers and debriefs the director in this week’s MovieStyle.

Softball game added to Bentonville Film Festival events

posted: 04/21/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

The schedule for the Bentonville Film Festival was rounded out Monday courtesy of the announcement of several new events. And participants in one of the festival's newly announced events will be rounding the bases, as well.

Wading into Waters

posted: 04/19/2015 2:08 a.m. Discuss

John Waters is more likely than most 68-year-old cult authors and moviemakers to hitchhike to Little Rock and the Arkansas Literary Festival.

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