Where does Laika go after ‘The Boxtrolls?’

BEVERLY HILLS — Laika‘s “The Boxtrolls” saw its world premiere over the weekend at the Venice Film Festival, the third in a line of movies from the Portland-based animation studio that have aimed to push the medium at every step. Directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, the film is, like all Laika product, its [...]

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Best Actor Oscar race heats up in Telluride

TELLURIDE — If you asked me to pick between the three commanding, sure-fire awards-contending lead actor performances on display at this year’s Telluride Film Festival, I’d have a break down. Yet that’s just what Academy voters will surely be asked to do in a few months’ time, with added pressure in the form of whoever fills [...]

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One on One with Jon Stewart: Taking the jump from ‘The Daily Show’ to ‘Rosewater’

TELLURIDE — Mr. Stewart, if you read this article I believe the first few paragraphs may make you chuckle. Now, it’s not because I’m a master wordsmith or unheralded comedic voice waiting to be discovered. No, after saying goodbye after our memorable interview on the patio of a Telluride restaurant Sunday afternoon, I turned and walked [...]

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One on One with Jon Stewart: Taking the jump from ‘The Daily Show’ to ‘Rosewater’

TELLURIDE — Mr. Stewart, if you read this article I believe the first few paragraphs may make you chuckle. Now, it’s not because I’m a master wordsmith or unheralded comedic voice waiting to be discovered. No, after saying goodbye after our memorable interview on the patio of a Telluride restaurant Sunday afternoon, I turned and walked [...]

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Ethan Hawke opens up about stage fright, Robin Williams and a current career high

TELLURIDE — Actor Ethan Hawke is in the middle of a career high right now. In the space of a year he has been a part of two landmark films from director Richard Linklater, “Before Midnight” and “Boyhood,” each of them the result of years and years of work exploring characters as they change across [...]

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Make way for Michael Keaton and ‘Birdman’ in this year’s Oscar race

Some are already trying to figure out the “Birdman” backlash after the film dropped to raves in Venice, but sometimes the hype is justified, and make no mistake about it: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s manic dissection of an artist desperate for fulfillment outside of commercial success is an out-and-out masterpiece. We wrote some time ago about [...]

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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is ‘Above’ all the competition at no. 1 again

Hollywood’s disappointing summer is coming to an end, but “Guardians of the Galaxy” is still on a mission to become the first film this year to cross the $300 million mark. The Marvel Studios blockbuster took in an estimated $16.3 million over the first three days of the Labor Day weekend.  It has now grossed [...]

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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is ‘Above’ all the competition at no. 1 again

Hollywood’s disappointing summer is coming to an end, but “Guardians of the Galaxy” is still on a mission to become the first film this year to cross the $300 million mark. The Marvel Studios blockbuster took in an estimated $16.3 million over the first three days of the Labor Day weekend.  It has now grossed [...]

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Review: Fatih Akin’s well-intended ‘The Cut’ does a disservice to a historical tragedy

VENICE — There’s a piece of slang used on the website TV Tropes that regrettably applies to much of “The Cut.” That word is “narm.” Narm is defined as a moment that is supposed to be serious or tear-jerking, but due to poor execution becomes unintentionally funny. “The Cut” is unfortunately the narmiest drama I’ve [...]

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14 movies to remind you of all the reasons high school was mortifying and awful

Back-to-school: that well-worn term that means fresh school supplies, new classes, old friends and falling leaves. Students stock their lockers again in August and September after a refreshing summer (remember summer break? Do you?). But for those who have graduated high school… well, high school was a trial by fire. If you “Can’t Hardly Wait” [...]

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