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Review: The satisfying Seven

posted: 09/23/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

It's fairly easy to guess how Antoine Fuqua's new remake of The Magnificent Seven will unfold, and that's actually part of the fun. The man behind Training Day and The Equalizer sets out to deliver the kind of horse opera that Mel Brooks affectionately parodied in Blazing Saddles and in the process reminds audiences that the open range and six-gun battles can be just as exciting as superheroes or spaceships.

Review: Storks

posted: 09/23/2016 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Writer-director Nicholas Stoller is best known for writing and directing movies with people like Judd Apatow (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Seth Rogen (Neighbors), so it's bit of a jolt to see him behind a movie that doesn't prominently feature drugs or bodily functions.

The best and worst at Toronto festival

posted: 09/23/2016 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Sometime on Saturday morning at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, I literally hit the floor. I had just watched Jim Sheridan's The Secret Scripture, an overwrought drama involving lost love and World War II (see below), and by the time the credits started to roll, I was already half out of my seat and bounding down the steps toward the exit.

Home Movies

posted: 09/23/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Free State of Jones, directed by Gary Ross

Sully maintains box office altitude

posted: 09/23/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Sully, the Warner Bros. drama about the heroics of US Airways pilot Sully Sullenberger, led the box office for a second weekend, fending off challenges from several debuting releases.

Review: The Hollars

posted: 09/23/2016 1:42 a.m. Discuss

There's a distressingly familiar feel to John Krasinski's The Hollars, a film that might be most useful as a demonstration of what people mean when they call something a "Sundance dramedy." It's yet another quirky story about an artistic young man who -- having achieved escape velocity and migrated from his quaintly goofy/stultifying small hometown for the big city -- finds himself called homeward on a mission and must deal with his dysfunctional family, a clan that we are given to believe is very unlike our hero.

Moods of movies no maker's mirror

posted: 09/23/2016 1:42 a.m. Discuss

As you might imagine after scanning his filmography, chock-full of feel-bad, jet black dramedies that includes Happiness, Storytelling, and Life During Wartime, writer/director Todd Solondz isn't terribly concerned about being seen as a buzzkill. His work, at times arch, but absolutely pitiless toward his mooning, miserable characters, captures a kind of globally depressing vibe that tends to leave you a good deal less happy to be alive than when you walked into the theater. At the same time, his ear for dialogue and willingness to roam in territory most of the rest of us would just as soon pretend doesn't exist, give his best work a feverish immediacy that can't easily be discounted.

Coming movies

posted: 09/23/2016 1:41 a.m. Discuss

Deepwater Horizon, PG-13 A chronicle of the courage workers showed when an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico blew out April 20, 2010, and thousands of barrels of oil started to flow into the waters. With Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, Douglas M. Griffin, James DuMont, Joe Chrest, Gina Rodriguez, Brad Leland, John Malkovich; directed by Peter Berg. Sept. 30


posted: 09/23/2016 1:40 a.m. Discuss

The Hollars

Helpful Hints

posted: 09/23/2016 1:40 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: Here's an electronic hint that I think the younger generation could benefit from and the older generation should get better at. I've learned to video chat with my children, and while it's a great way to talk to them when they live out of state, it's also a handy tool for "on the spot" teaching.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 09/23/2016 1:39 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. It's a year of high ambition, and you'll match your aims. Whoever stimulates that dreamy side of your personality is a true godsend. You'll appreciate, give to and help the ones who support you, and in return you'll all be lifted high.

On Christianity

posted: 09/23/2016 1:39 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How good do you have to be before you can become a Christian? My parents were very anti-religion, but now that I'm an adult I feel a need for God. But maybe I'm not good enough to be a Christian.

Super Quiz: Names

posted: 09/23/2016 1:38 a.m. Discuss

1. Peeping _______

Review: Whiteout

posted: 09/16/2016 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Joseph Gordon-Levitt heads an all-star cast in Oliver Stone's version of the life of controversial whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Murder, mayhem make movie magic

posted: 09/16/2016 2:29 a.m. Discuss

We live in violent times, people say, though outside of biblical Eden I'm not sure if there ever was a point in human history when that statement would not have been factual. Human societies were built on violence, after all, which allowed us to take possession of more land, better living spaces, and more livestock, all at the whims of the warlords who directed their people into such a moral abyss. Violence is hot-wired in our DNA, programmed into our genomes like so much other human frailty and mutation.




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