James Bond, Katniss Everdeen, Rocky Balboa, Han Solo.
Chloe & Theo, an ungainly parable about environmental doom, has its heart in the right place: Climate change, bad! Doing something about it, good!
A hardened misanthrope who has just sent her much younger lesbian lover packing, Elle Reid is ready to sink back into solitude, the simple life.
'When Steve Jobs died, I was mystified," says Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney at the start of Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, over a montage of news clips and, yes, iPhone videos of mourners lining up to pay homage at Apple stores around the world.
Pam Grier Film Festival: Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Friday Foster Olive Films DVD, $24.95 each title "Wham! Bam! Here comes Pam!" goes the tagline for the poster of 1975's Friday Foster, one of three blaxploitation classics starring inimitable actio
Actors aren't the only ones who get typecast.
Just ask Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce, principals behind a string of successful, powerful, provocative documentaries - The Art of the Steal, Last Days Here, The Atomic States of America, and Rock School among them. The duo, partners in work and in life and long-time Philadelphians, had been itching to try something different, something with a screenplay and stars attached.
No Escape isn't going to get people singing "We Are the World" again. Nor will it do much for relations between Southeast Asia and the West, or to spur tourism to places like Cambodia and Laos.