| Aug 7, 2012
An interview with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis needs no introduction. The stars of “Anchorman” and “The Hangover” are, obviously, hilarious, and they’re even more hilarious together as warring congressional candidates...
| Aug 7, 2012
Good news: We won’t have to see Baz Luhrmann’s take on “The Great Gatsby” without the kind of elaborate 3-D effects and pop music soundtrack F. Scott Fitzgerald surely would have wanted.
Sure, Luhrmann’s (“Moulin...
| Aug 20, 2012
Since tackling more serious material than, say, “Without a Paddle” or “Employee of the Month,” with the excellent indie “The Freebie” and NBC’s solid “Parenthood,” Dax Shepard has noticed that...
| Feb 24, 2013
| 5:12 AM
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The persistent irony of the Film Independent Spirit Awards is that as much as they're positioned as the DIY antidote to the Academy Awards, the indie film with the most Oscars recognition almost invariably reaps the greatest...
| May 22, 2013
*** (out of four)
If by chance you own pet dogs, chickens or giraffes, do not bring them to “The Hangover: Part III.” Things don’t go well for animals in the movie.
Things never go well for the Wolf Pack, as they are once again in over...
| Jun 28, 2013
With so few women afforded the opportunity to steer the course of a movie — any movie, on screen or off — even a formulaic vehicle such as "The Heat" arrives as a surprise and a relief.
At its sharpest, "The Heat" actually moves and...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 11:22 AM
It's a testament above all to comic branding — the commercial value of familiar, well-liked names and faces. But with "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" as the latest example, these days we're often dealing with a certain kind of formulaic star-...
| May 21, 2013
In “The Hangover: Part III,” Justin Bartha’s Doug isn’t just lost or sidelined while his pals and brother-in-law deal with constant mayhem. He’s kidnapped and an organized crime boss threatens his life.
| Apr 19, 2013
| 7:27 AM
A group of influential screenwriters will converge on Chicago this weekend, including Lucy Alibar (whose script for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was nominated for an Oscar this year) and Bob Gale (who wrote all three "Back to the Future" films).
| Feb 28, 2013
*1/2 (out of four)
If the raucous, unjustly maligned “Project X” recalled hollering in the center of a bonkers, you-had-to-be-there party, “21 and Over” feels like being a sober, irritated designated driver wondering how much...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 12:41 PM
Diversity, as San Diego anchorman Ron Burgundy explained nearly a decade ago, was an old wooden ship used during the Civil War. Which, of course, was way off. Ron, played by Will Ferrell in the 2004 comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,&...