Indie ‘Adult Beginners’ explores familiar territory

Are you happy?” is the prevailing question of its fair share of indie dramas. The cinema of borderline depressive thirtysomethings living in reasonably pleasant suburban environs might as well be a

Binoche, Stewart excel in Assayas’ meditation on age 

The aging actress has always been a deliciously potent subject for movies, from Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard” to Margo Channing in “All About Eve” and way beyond. It’s clear why: The

‘Get Hard’ plays with stereotypes with mixed success

While the stereotypes in "Get Hard" may be gross exaggerations, its characters live in the real world: A place where the chasm between rich and poor is vast and growing;

In ‘Lambert & Stamp,’ the backstage story of The Who

The teenage revolution was in full force on the fall 1964 night that Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp stumbled into the Railway Tavern, a London pub where a band called

Despite its star power, ‘Serena’ has no spark

The arithmetic on "Serena" is fascinating. Two of the biggest movie stars in the world plus an Oscar-winning director and a best-selling novel somehow add up to a forgettable, under-the-radar

An urban myth lives in ‘Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter’ 

  In 2001, a stranger-than-fiction “true story” emerged in local papers about a 28-year-­old Japanese woman who flew from Japan to Minnesota and bussed to North Dakota to search for the

‘Unfinished Business’ should never have started

In the years since he strutted onto the scene — lean, handsome, mouth running a mile a minute — in Doug Liman’s “Swingers” (1996), Vince Vaughn has become one of

O’Connell leads gripping Belfast thriller ‘71’

The grimly gripping thriller ‘71’ plunges a young, inexperienced British soldier into the mayhem of 1970s Belfast. Private Gary Hook (the up-­and-coming “Unbroken” star Jack O’Connell) and his fellow fresh soldiers have

Teen comedy ‘DUFF’ gives genre a social media spin

All teen comedies owe some debt to John Hughes and Amy Heckerling. The milieu of suburban teenage life that they explored decades ago has defined the genre since. The social divisions,

‘Birdman’ takes flight at an Oscars punctuated by politics 

Birdman” captured Hollywood’s top honor at the Academy Awards yesterday, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past won best picture at a ceremony punctuated by

Oscars speeches filled with political activism, pet issues

Much of the chatter going into the Oscars was about the lack of diversity in the Academy’s choices, specifically the dearth of nominations for “Selma.”But while there were plenty of

SHOW BITS: Placing your bets on Oscar winners

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Show Bits brings you the 87th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with

‘Kingsman’ shakes up the traditional spy thriller

In his earlier “Kick-Ass,” British writer-director Matthew Vaughn famously cast an 11-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz as a young killing machine in the stylishly brutal superhero film. In his latest, “Kingsman:

Fifty Shades of dissatisfaction

Curious? The posters for “Fifty Shades of Grey” coyly ask. Whether or not you’re one of the 100 million who bought, and presumably read, E L James’ kinky book, the buzz

Tragedies of ‘Timbuktu’ told with rare beauty

The hot Malian sands of Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu” are a cool reservoir of placid beauty, where desert dunes are swept by quiet ripples of colorful, everyday village life and haphazard

Depp indulges inner clown in charmless ‘Mortdecai’

Any film credited with its own “mustache wrangler” really should have been much more fun than Johnny Depp’s latest misfiring action-comedy. Mostly set in contemporary England, but aiming for the zingy

Pacino bristles with comic energy in ‘The Humbling’

Al Pacino delivers his best performance in years in “The Humbling,” a tragicomic look at a veteran stage and film actor on the edge of a nervous breakdown. That description might

Time is bent – and gender, too – in ‘Predestination’

Time travel. There’s hardly a more alluring fantasy in our pop culture, from the simplest depictions — children’s cartoons, comic strips, romantic comedy films — to the “Interstellar” kind that

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