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

‘American Sniper’ is quintessential Eastwood

A mere six months after releasing the Four Seasons drama “Jersey Boys,” Clint Eastwood has again lapped his younger directing colleagues with his second film of 2014 and his best

Don’t bet on this oddly lifeless ‘Gambler’ remake

If you’re not a genius, don’t bother,” the English professor played by Mark Walhberg in “The Gambler” blithely tells his students. That should be one clue that you’re not gonna

MDT/AP top 10 films | Playing with time, again and again

Also just as good: “Two Days, One Night,” ‘’The Babadook,” ‘’Selma,” ‘’Ernest & Celestine,” ‘’Locke,” ‘’Citizenfour,” ‘’Stranger By the Lake,” ‘’Dear White People,” ‘’Timbuktu,” ‘’The Trip to Italy” and “Neighbors.”

‘The Interview’ deserves to be seen

That I was one of the relative few to see “The Interview” is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It’s with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth

‘Annie’ is a hard knock, no fun adaptation

It’s impossible to talk about “Annie” without admitting up front when you first experienced John Huston’s 1982 film. For adults at the time, it was a spectacular disaster, thanks in large

‘Inherent Vice’ goes by in a pleasant haze

If you’re one of those who fondly recalls spending the ‘60s luxuriating in a pleasantly disorienting haze, well, consider “Inherent Vice” a reunion of sorts. You’ll fit right in. If, on

‘Wild’ finds salvation in the woods

Cheryl Strayed, as played by Reese Witherspoon in Jean-Marc Vallee’s “Wild,” is, bless the Lord, not an easily discernable type. She’s also not the sort we’ve often encountered on the well-trod

Cumberbatch shines as wartime codebreaker

Tis clearly the season for Oscar-worthy performances by British actors playing mathematical geniuses facing daunting personal odds. Sound overly specific? Consider: A few weeks ago we had “The Theory of Everything,”

‘Dumb and Dumber To’ lives up to its title

Comedy is all about timing. The dimwitted Lloyd (Jim Carrey) reminds the audience of that simple fact minutes into “Dumb and Dumber To” and the sentiment echoes throughout the disappointing

‘Homesman’ reverses the Western’s course

There's been some trouble about the women hereabouts," says John Lithgow's plains preacher in Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman." The hereabouts is a tiny, hardscrabble settlement in the Nebraska Territory, sometime

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