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Kickstarter funds would go toward great-niece’s film about Warhol

By Tribune-Review 8:59 p.m.
Andy Warhol was a lot of things to a lot of people — but only in Pittsburgh is he referred to as “Uncle Andy.” “Uncle ...

Review: Smith, Robbie throw wet blanket into ‘Focus’

By Roger Moore 9:04 p.m.
The trouble with movies about The Big Con is that they condition us to not believe anything we see on-screen. “Focus” one-ups that by ...

Review: ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ is bloody good mockumentary fun

By Roger Moore 9:05 p.m.
“What We Do in the Shadows” is a one-joke comedy about vampires, yet another mockumentary/fake documentary, a gimmick that has turned seriously stale. But with those ...

Review: ‘Lazarus’ almost raises a whole film genre from the dead

By Roger Moore 8:55 p.m.
“The Lazarus Effect” is what happens when hip, smart actors commit themselves to a horror movie, body and soul. Mark Duplass, a mainstay of indie ...

DVD reviews: ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Big Hero 6’ and ‘Horrible Bosses 2’

By Garrett Conti
“Whiplash” (2014, R, 107 min., $30.99) Searing intensity flows through this remarkable drama that boasts two of the strongest performances of 2014. Miles Teller and ...

Oscar doesn’t go to Pittsburgh-favorite Keaton, but ‘Birdman’ soars

By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — The long take of “Birdman” has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor ...

Pittsburgh ties to the Oscars run deep

By Joe Wos
Since 1908, when Pittsburgh’s Nickleodeon became the nation’s first movie theater, the city has been linked to Hollywood. According to the Pittsburgh Film Office, more ...

Oscar-nominated Keaton forges comeback, stays true to Western Pa. roots

By Chris Togneri
George Douglas Jr. often spends summer nights in front of his TV, watching the Pirates. When an opposing player hits a long drive to the outfield, ...

31st Street Studios making it big

By Bob Karlovits
Under one 45-foot-high roof, the offices of a morgue sit in front of a ceiling-tall portrait of a city. Another space is a gigantic, underground gathering ...

Host Neil Patrick Harris would welcome a Kanye moment at the Oscars

By The Associated Press
Neil Patrick Harris might use his job as Oscar host as a way to meet his favorite stars. “I have, essentially, an all-access pass to the theater,” Harris said during a recent interview. “So, I love being able to stand ...

Beechview special-effects artist brings life (and death) to movies

By Rex Rutkoski
“Stay back!” The warning came from special-effects artist Steve Tolin, 16 hours into an extraordinarily long day. He giggled like a 5-year-old just before triggering his ...

Review: ‘Mr. Turner’ colorful, complex portrait

By Roger Moore
Director Mike Leigh, cinematic celebrator of the British working classes, delivers his second sumptuous period biography in “Mr. Turner,” a lovely, lively and languorous biopic ...

Review: ‘Hot Tub 2’ is lukewarm, at best

By Roger Moore
John Cusack has been reduced to Z-grade action comedies at this stage of his career. And he still turned down “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” which tells you all you need to know about this half-baked sequel. It’s just as well, ...

Review: ‘McFarland’ is feel good movie of February

By Roger Moore
McFarland High School is in the heart of California farm country, a town of “pickers,” Hispanic descendants of migrant workers who have settled there, many ...

Review: ‘Timbuktu’ like a foreboding picture postcard

By Roger Moore
“Timbuktu” is a picturesque nightmare, a quiet, beautiful and chilling account of a city under the rule of Islamic jihadists. They briefly seized the ancient ...

Pawscars honor top animal actors

By The Associated Press
Honoring actors brings out red carpets, couture and — sometimes — creatures. A monkey who has starred in 25 movies over two decades was top dog at the sixth-annual Pawscars, the animal version of the Oscars. Waving a ...

A&E Updates: WQED to celebrate premiere of August Wilson documentary

By Tribune-Review
WQED will celebrate the national premiere of the documentary “August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand” with an admission-free watch party at Alloy Studios ...

DVD reviews: ‘Birdman,’ ‘Life Itself’ and ‘The Theory of Everything’

By Garrett Conti
“Birdman” (2014, R, 119 min., $29.98) When thinking about director Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” the word “comeback” comes to ...

Oscar producers promise magic, song

By The Associated Press
Lady Gaga. Jennifer Hudson. Common and John Legend. Adam Levine. Rita Ora. Tegan & Sara. Tim McGraw. This isn’t the lineup for an upcoming pop concert, but rather for Feb. 22’s Academy Awards. “We want to entertain,” said Neil Meron, ...

Scottdale-filmed ‘Gore Orphanage’ lands on most-anticipated horror film list

By Mary Pickels
One of the signs of a well-received horror film can be a creepy sense of anticipation - will you be able to stifle that scream, ...