posted: 07/31/2015 2:24 a.m.
The main difference between James Bond and Ethan Hunt is really in the people portraying the characters: There have been seven actors to portray Bond since his debut in 1962; since the first "Mission: Impossible" film, back in 1996, there has only been one Hunt, and that would be Tom Cruise.
posted: 07/31/2015 2:19 a.m.
"Revenge of the Mekons," directed by Joe Angio: This energetic, raucous documentary draws a sharp-edged yet affectionate portrait of the Mekons, a genre-defying British cult band that’s been creating its unique brand of punk rock since 1977.
posted: 07/31/2015 2:11 a.m.
I find movies like "Infinitely Polar Bear" to be highly problematic to review. This is a movie that feels very specific, the product of processed pain.
posted: 07/31/2015 2:10 a.m.
Before I saw Peruvian director Claudia Llosa's film "Aloft" at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, I'd heard that the film was "impenetrable."
posted: 07/31/2015 2:06 a.m.
"Vacation," 66, R: Billed as a "sequel" to "National Lampoon's Vacation," but pretty much a remake.
posted: 07/31/2015 2:01 a.m.
After receiving a Donkey Kong-style pounding from critics, "Pixels," the '80s video-game comedy starring Adam Sandler, was edged out at the box office on its opening weekend, failing to take the No. 1 spot from "Ant-Man," which added about $25 million to its take.
posted: 07/31/2015 1:54 a.m.
The quirky charm, visual wit and melancholy undertow of Reif Larsen's "The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet" translate joyously to the screen in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet," a rare example of source and adaptation making a perfect match.
posted: 07/31/2015 1:50 a.m.
Should you actually have the time and money to afford a ticket to "Vacation," I would recommend leaving immediately after the opening credits. The lion's share of the laughs occur then.
posted: 07/31/2015 1:49 a.m.
Dark Places, R: Charlize Theron plays a woman whose testimony at age 7 sent her 16-year-old brother (Tye Sheridan) to prison for life for the murder of their mother and two sisters. Aug. 7.
posted: 07/31/2015 1:48 a.m.
Happy birthday. It will be a year marked by fascination. Prioritize the people, places and interests that spark your curiosity. In August, this spark will turn into a fire.
posted: 07/31/2015 1:46 a.m.
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I don't believe in some kind of last judgment or hell. I think Christians just dreamed them up to scare people into believing the same way they do. Once this life is over, that's the end as far as I'm concerned.
posted: 07/31/2015 1:46 a.m.
1. "The King of Swing"
posted: 07/31/2015 1:45 a.m.
DEAR READERS: Water is inviting this time of year, but can also be dangerous. Please read through the following hints so you or someone you love doesn't become a sad statistic.
posted: 07/31/2015 1:39 a.m.
In Hollywood's reboot frenzy, the movie industry has increasingly turned to reviving classic comedies, only to find that few things are harder to rekindle than the elusive elements -- Bill Murray's timing, John Belushi's eyebrows -- that make up a great comedy.
posted: 07/30/2015 11 a.m.
These are the dog days of summer, and it's OK to seek out a dim cavernous movie theater for simple relief. So why not go see Tom Cruise hanging off the side of a plane?