Like so many family movies of the past, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" rests on the idea of the innocent and the unsuspecting caught in embarrassing, but amusing, situations. I believe it's technically referred to as the shock-and-scream effect.
"Lilting," starring Cheng Pei-pei and Ben Whishaw, is a lyrical little chamber piece on language, playing with what words mean, what the body says, what is understood and what is not.
Small deceptions for the greater good are at the heart of "The Good Lie" about a handful of Sudanese "lost boys" who were resettled in the U.S. The most obvious deception is the notion that Reese Witherspoon is the star.
What better place to celebrate the 80th anniversary of "Cleopatra" than the Egyptian Theatre. Making a rare appearance on screen Sunday is Cecil B. DeMille's wonderfully kitschy spectacle. Before the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton version, there was DeMille's 1934 epic starring...
"Men, Women & Children," Jason Reitman's new anti-Internet screed, plays like one of those email rants you're better off not sending. Reitman's world is not just wired; it's a war zone. And the wreckage of broken connections that the Internet facilitates lies everywhere.
All rom-coms are contrivances. "Two Night Stand," however, is more modern than most. Starring Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton, it ties the requisite "meet-cute" to the current state of sexual affairs in a wired world, where casual encounters with complete strangers are easy to arrange. Think...
Ambiguity is the intrigue in "The Two Faces of January," the new thriller starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.
Many intriguing unlovelies are found in "The Boxtrolls," a new 3-D animated fable that lifts liberally from the sketches and dark sensibility of Alan Snow's creepy-good children's novel "Here Be Monsters."