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Silk Screen festival casts wider, more creative net

By Michael Machosky 7:04 p.m.
When making movies, it obviously helps to have money, resources, experience and the infrastructure of an established industry cluster, like Hollywood in the United States, …

Jude Law struts his dark side in ‘Dom’

By Roger Moore
Dom Hemingway doesn’t so much converse as rant — long, colorful, creative tirades that seem to run through the entire Cockney vocabulary he polished while …

‘Transcendence’ stuck in tropes

By Roger Moore
For years, the rumor about Johnny Depp was that he wouldn’t take a role that required him to get a haircut. “Chocolat,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Sleepy Hollow” — mop-topped coincidences, or a career …

‘Skin’ has a lot going on underneath

By Roger Moore
Quiet, cryptic and never less than creepy, “Under the Skin” is sci-fi that doesn’t do the work for you. There are no explanations. No character …

Get up close and personal with cute ‘Bears’

By Roger Moore
“Bears” is exactly the sort of nature documentary we’ve come to expect from Disney nature, the film division of the company that rolls out a new nature documentary every year at Earth Day. It’s gorgeous, intimate and beautifully photographed. And it’s …

‘Haunted House 2’ is too much of a bad thing

By Colin Covert
Imagine a Venn diagram charting three qualities: Silly, gross and dumb. At the point where they overlap you will find the fright film spoof “A …

‘Frozen’ soundtrack: Kids can’t ‘Let It Go’

By Rachel Weaver
When it comes to a popular Disney song, some parents are finding it difficult to “Let It Go.” The smash song from the equally successful …

DVD reviews: ‘Philomena,’ ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ and ‘Ride Along’

By Garrett Conti
“Philomena” (2013, PG-13, 98 min., $29.98) Nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture and best adapted screenplay, “Philomena” was one of the pleasant surprises …

Review: ‘Heaven Is for Real’ has a relatable view of family issues

By Rick Bentley
“Heaven Is for Real” is based on the true story of a 4-year-old Nebraska boy who, after major surgery, tells his father — a local minister — that he’s been to heaven. Although there are immediate doubts, people begin to …

Carmike Cinemas at Galleria to reopen April 25

By Tribune-Review
The Carmike Cinemas at the Galleria of Mt. Lebanon will reopen April 25, unveiling renovations earlier than the previously announced goal of summer. The six-screen theater closed in January for an extensive remodeling that included new terraced stadium seating, wall-to-wall …

Fonda, Greenwood join cast of ‘Fathers and Daughters’

By Tribune-Review
According to Variety, Jane Fonda and Bruce Greenwood have joined the cast of “Fathers and Daughters,” which is currently filming in Pittsburgh. The movie stars Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried. Crowe plays a famous author and widower raising his daughter …

Oakmont library documentary screenings provide cultural dialogues

By Julie E. Martin
Onstage with some of the most popular rock acts of our time. Inside an innovative classroom in rural North Carolina. Through the lands of war-torn …

Gillan plays with perceptions in ghostly thriller ‘Oculus’

By Piya Sinha-roy
A haunted mirror, a murderous father and two siblings seeking revenge form the plot for the new supernatural thriller “Oculus,” which blurs perceptions and reality with ghostly scares. “Oculus,” out in the United States and Canada on April 11, follows …

Pittsburgh hotels cater to movie stars and crews

By Rachel Weaver
As filmmakers continue to set their sights on the Steel City, area hotels are becoming accustomed to hosting movie A-listers and crews. “When the (Pittsburgh) …

NFL huddles with Hollywood players for ‘Draft Day’

By Steven Zeitchik
In its ascent up the mountain of American popular culture, the NFL has studiously protected its brand, turning down many Hollywood offers to collaborate and limiting the extent of the partnerships it has forged. So much for all that. The …

Shady Side Academy teens nab photo with Crowe

By Tribune-Review
Shady Side teens nab photo with Russell Actor Russell Crowe was persuaded to pose with Shady Side Academy students Alayna Trice and Olivia Stokes at …

Made-in-Pittsburgh reality TV series finds a home on Starz

By Mike Machosky
The made-in-Pittsburgh reality TV series about making movies, “The Chair,” has a home on the Starz network, starting this fall. It will be the first …

Crowe seen in Fox Chapel for filming of ‘Fathers and Daughters’

By Tribune-Review
The Crowe has landed. A-Lister Russell Crowe is back in the ’Burgh filming “Fathers and Daughters,” and was spotted shooting at Shady Side Academy in …

‘Draft Day’ probably not a first-round pick

By Roger Moore
“Draft Day” is a “ticking clock” thriller built around the NFL draft, a movie that counts down to the fateful decision that one embattled general …

Bloody battles real star in ‘The Raid 2’

By Roger Moore
“The Raid 2: Berendal” is the most violent movie ever made. The exploding heads, slit, gurgling throats and claw-hammer crunches and tears are so excessive …