Forty years ago, Peter Finch gave an Oscar-winning performance in the black comedy “Network.” He played Howard Beale, a crazed television news anchor who exhorts his audience to shout out, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”
Newcomers to the Marvel Comics universe may find themselves bewildered by the turbulent adventure “Captain America: Civil War” (Disney).
For more than 28,000 old-movie enthusiasts, the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival began in earnest on April 29. With between four to six presentations taking place at any one time, the discerning attendee learned to schedule his or her time judiciously.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of the acclaimed Comedy Central television series “Key & Peele” star in the satirical action-comedy “Keanu” (Warner Bros.).
Busy 3-D visuals fail to mask the flat tone and by-the-numbers storytelling of the animated sci-fi adventure “Ratchet & Clank” (Gramercy). In fact, even undemanding youngsters may feel the space-time continuum yawning before them as the seemingly interminable 94 minutes of this video-game adaptation tick away.
Disney’s new version of “The Jungle Book” is a very entertaining film. The computer generated imagery (CGI) is about as good as it has ever been and the viewer’s imagination can be truly lulled into believing that the child actor who plays Mowgli is actually walking side by side with a whole menagerie of giant talking jungle animals.
For a seventh year, old movie buffs trekked to Hollywood for the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival April 28 to May 1. The screens of Grauman’s Chinese and Egyptian theaters, along with the Cinerama Dome, were lit up with 50 wonderful examples of musicals, dramas and screwball comedies.
Nearly everyone in the sprawling ensemble comedy “Mother’s Day” (Open Road) harbors a secret.
They are, quite often, terribly complicated mysteries involving racist beliefs, homophobia and even children abandoned at birth. Each story line could, in theory, be a compelling and instructive drama on its own terms.
British Col. Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) oversees the joint British-American operation intended to capture her fellow national, Susan Danford (Lex King). Danford has been radicalized by Al-Shabaab militants and has joined them in a quiet corner of Nairobi, Kenya, where everyday life goes on around them.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War” (Universal) is both a prequel and a sequel. As such, it falls between two stools — with a resounding thud.
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