Movies

Craig Gillespie jumped at the chance to direct 'The Finest Hours'

As soon as he read the script for "The Finest Hours," filmmaker Craig Gillespie called his agent and told him he wanted to direct it. "Scott ...

Review: Rampling is exceptional in immensely moving '45 Years'

The year is young, but I'm convinced "45 Years" is one of the best films you'll see in 2016. It earned Charlotte Rampling her first ...

Review: 'Hail, Caesar!' playfully mocks and adores Hollywood

The Coen Brothers' latest comedy "Hail, Caesar!" is a loving tribute to the era of classical Hollywood, meticulously crafted with layers of reference, inside jokes ...

Review: 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is fun, but lacks bite

Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith's "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" provides a chuckle with the title, but there's not much else to sink your teeth into. The ...

Review: 'The Choice' is familiar, if sub-par Nicholas Sparks

Sweeping Southern landscape? Check. Mismatched relationship between a rich girl and a laid-back boy (who often goes shirtless)? Check. A medical crisis that may determine ...

DVD reviews: 'Bridge of Spies,' 'The Last Witch Hunter' and 'Truth'

"Bridge of Spies" (2015, PG-13, 142 min., $29.99) Steven Spielberg's consistency in producing terrific work is what's made him a legendary director in Hollywood. "Bridge ...

Can Marvel, Star Wars franchises go on 'forever'?

In 2009, when Disney struck a $4-billion deal to buy Marvel, I asked the company's mastermind editor and co-creator Stan Lee to size up the ...

Pop culture Q&A: 'Nashville,' 'Castle,' 'Odd Couple' all set to return

Q uestion: Will "Nashville" and "Castle," both on ABC, be returning any time soon? Answer: Yes. "Nashville" will be back March 16. "Castle" resumes ...

The 'extraordinary history' of Maggie Smith

It's been 60 years since Maggie Smith made her Broadway debut. But, despite her current standing as one of the grande dames of British acting, ...

Review: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' is a knockout

A third installment in a franchise isn't always great. But sometimes, it can be a comforting guarantee of a good time at the movies, as ...

Review: Not enough drama, suspense in 'The Finest Hours'

The problem with "The Finest Hours" starts with the title. If you know the movie is about a perilous boat rescue and it's called "The ...

DVD reviews: 'Chi-Raq,' 'Burnt' and 'The Assassin'

"Chi-Raq" (2015, R, 127 min., $19.98) Director Spike Lee shows his willingness to go for it all with "Chi-Raq," a relevant dramedy with the tendency ...

Film academy announces reforms to diversify Oscars

The film academy is pledging to double the number of female and minority members by 2020, and will immediately diversify its leadership by adding three ...

New Werner Herzog film opening at Sundance features Pittsburgh technology

A part of Pittsburgh will be featured at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, which started this week and runs through the end of the month. Robots ...

Review: Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' will break your heart

In "Anomalisa," everyone looks and sounds the same. They have the same face (Caucasian, bland, nondescript). They have the same voice (Tom Noonan's). They bore ...

Review: 'Ip Man 3' a satisfying, surprisingly touching, action movie

Any movie that features Hong Kong martial arts/action star Donnie Yen going up against Mike Tyson with fight choreography designed by Yuen Woo-Ping ("The Matrix," ...

Review: 5 teens search for a way out of their Turkish village in 'Mustang'

At the beginning of "Mustang," an incisive calling card from first-time feature co-writer and director Deniz Gamze Erguven, school's out for five orphaned teenage sisters ...

Review: Mindless '5th Wave' has an unsettling streak

There's a deeply anti-government streak to the politics of "The 5th Wave," the dystopian young-adult film that imagines a world in which an alien race ...

Review: Director Frederick Wiseman turns his voracious lens on Queens with 'In Jackson Heights'

Early in the Frederick Wiseman documentary "In Jackson Heights," a New York City councilman asserts that the titular Queens neighborhood is the most diverse in ...

DVD reviews: 'Straight Outta Compton,' 'The Intern' and 'Diary of a Teenage Girl'

"Straight Outta Compton" (2015, R, 147 min., $29.98) Say what you want about NWA, but it's impossible to deny the rap group's standing as one ...