Friday, January 30, 2015

Movies

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Let’s say you discover a time machine in your basement. Would you use it to go back and stop Hitler, or would you instead make tiny jumps to tweak the quality of your own life — like taking your friends to Bonnaroo, or perfecting the all-important kiss you flubbed the first time around?
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The Sundance Film Festival isn't a typical launchpad for studio blockbusters, but Warner Bros. surprised theater-goers on Tuesday night by unveiling the Wachowski siblings' "Jupiter Ascending" at a "surprise screening."
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 storms of violence.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sony Pictures has dated its Will Smith drama "Concussion" for Christmas Day -- a week after the arrival of Disney-Marvel's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - After years of trying to spin off one of its most popular properties, Sony looks to be getting closer to getting a "Ghostbusters"...
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - No documentary has inspired more controversy at this year's Sundance Film Festival than "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - A likably wiseass horror-comedy, "Suburban Gothic" is light on the horror and the usual broader comedy strokes as well, instead sporting the kind of droll humor that springs not from gags and setpieces but from what seems like improvisational riffing from a cast of assured comic hands.
If Chris McDougall hadn't been fired from Philadelphia Magazine, he would never have written, Born to Run, his mega-bestselling book about Mexico's Tarahumara Indians, who are known for running long distances in extreme climates without injury.
Time travel meets "found footage" in "Project Almanac," a "Blair Witch"/"Chronicle" tale about pretty teens tampering with all things temporal.
 
Review: Tragedies of 'Timbuktu' told with rare beauty