| Sep 12, 2013
| 4:35 PM
The Vietnam-era Southern family saga "Jayne Mansfield's Car," Billy Bob Thornton's first directorial outing in more than a decade, is old-fashioned big-cast melodrama, treated by its director as if it were a nostalgic heirloom. Written with Thornton's...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 4:19 PM
Lynn Shelton specializes in the small-scale high concept. She has an eye for delicately observed moments and casual absurdities that spin around an obvious plot engine. Like her features "Humpday" and "Your Sister's Sister," her latest Seattle-set comic...
| Sep 14, 2013
| 2:28 PM
Pivot, which styles itself as a network for millennials, has two more original shows going up Saturday, to join the sweetly melancholy Australian coming-of-age, coming-out comedy "Please Like Me." (The network is available locally on satellite and phone-...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 2:00 PM
TORONTO — Watching Steve McQueen's achingly brilliant "12 Years a Slave" at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was struck by many things. The film's artistry — script, performances, imagery — is significant. The movie is...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Richard Montoya keeps a mental library of depictions of L.A. gleaned from "Chinatown," "Repo Man," "Mulholland Drive," the novels of James Ellroy, and other pop-culture texts.
So when he began adapting his neo-noir stage drama "Water & Power" for the...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 1:10 PM
"I hate this. I don't want this. I don't want it!" cries Abby, a mother who's just been hit on the head by her son's baseball in the opening scene of writer-director Stacie Passon's new film, "Concussion." Blood is gushing from the woman's temple, but it'...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 2:15 PM
Stacie Passon's assured first feature is a stylish affair. Home decorating is the chief means of self-expression for the stay-at-home mom at the center of "Concussion" — until she combines her fixer-upper flair with the unexpected emotional...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 10:00 AM
The marketing of AMC's new drama, "Low Winter Sun," revolves around a moody black-and-white photo of lead actor Mark Strong and the show's tagline: "Good Man. Cop. Killer."
Just another player in the crowded genre of "Gee, it's tough to be a straight...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 3:01 PM
As Harvey Weinstein was closing the distribution deal for "Lovelace" at this year's Sundance Film Festival, he was asked by one of the film's representatives whether he would be doing awards campaigns for three of the film's stars, Amanda Seyfried (who...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 4:21 PM
After playing widely on this year's festival circuit, the film "In a World..." begins its rollout to theaters today, opening in New York and Los Angeles.
The movie is the feature debut as writer and director for actress Lake Bell, best known for...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 12:33 PM
Despite boasting the provocative combination of Lindsay Lohan and a porn star, "The Canyons" failed to interest moviegoers this weekend.
At least that was the case at the one theater where the movie debuted, New York City's IFC Center, which sold a...