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Hollywood's 'Godfather of Makeup'

Subscriber onlyDick Smith, the Oscar-winning "Godfather of Makeup" who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in The Godfather and Linda Blair in The Exorcist among many others, has died. He was 92. Continue reading...

'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Whereas Marvel Studios has had a pretty enviable track record lo these past few years (highlights include The Avengers, both Captain America flicks, and of course, the wildly successful Iron Man trilogy), many pundits and fanboys thought this film, based on a more obscure comics series of mostly random, resuscitated characters from Marvel's vast back catalog, would be their Waterloo, a bridge too far, a reach far exceeding their grasp. How in the hell do you invest a reported $170 million in a film that has virtually no established fan base in this day and age? Continue reading...

Wish I Was Here

In a hospital waiting room, a 30-something man sits glumly, awaiting word of his father, who has had a relapse of cancer that appears to be most certainly life-threatening. It's the kicker to a particularly rough stretch for him, one that has found his marriage foundering, his two precocious kids about to be yanked out of yeshiva because the couple can't afford the tuition without his father's help, and his acting career increasingly becoming a dead end, with everyone telling him over and over how he can't provide properly for his family. Continue reading...

Get on Up

James Brown had so many nicknames, it's no wonder that director Tate Taylor and screenwriters Jez and John-Henry Butterworth have trouble determining what to make of him in the new bio-pic Get on Up. Continue reading...

Boseman: Bio-pic doubleheader

A year after playing Jackie Robinson in 42, Chadwick Boseman was back in bio-pic spring training. Continue reading...

Home Movies

Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky (PG-13, 138 minutes) Darren Aronofsky is very good at turning unique personal visions into cinematic art. Continue reading...

Lucy is stronger than Hercules

Last weekend's box office was an action-packed showdown between a drug-altered superhuman and a fearless Greek god. The drug-altered superhuman won. Continue reading...

Film clips

At area theaters 77 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, PG-13 Only Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city, including Electro (Jamie Foxx), as Spidey comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp. Continue reading...

Venus in Fur

The most obvious strategy for adapting a theatrical production to the screen is to open it up, to remove it from its necessarily bounded set and situate it in a "realer world." Some productions can take being dragged from the vacuum of the stage, others cannot, but we're 100 years past the point where simply filming the play can pass as cinematic. Continue reading...

Seigner says Venus no peek at life with Polanski

"There are not so many great roles for women. I think there are some, but the better roles are mostly for men," says French actress Emmanuelle Seigner. "Most of the time, you have male characters, [your character] is the wife of somebody or she's a victim." Continue reading...

COMING ATTRACTIONS

(opening dates are tentative) Beneath Not rated A crew of coal miners and a miner's daughter, a feisty environmental lawyer, trapped underground by a massive collapse, struggle for survival as echoes from a similar disaster more than 90 years ago threaten their sanity and something down there that's murderous threatens their lives. Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

New this week Get on Up 77 PG-13 Chadwick Boseman plays James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul," in this bio-pic. Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR READERS: Most folks want to keep their cars looking nice, but it can get a little pricey to take to the car to the car wash all the time. Here are some Heloise hints to help take care of your car at home and save some big bucks over the long run: Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. You'll stick to your principles -- that is, after you've examined them, jettisoned the ones that no longer seem right and adopted a few new ones, too. Yes, this is a year of change at fundamental levels. Education over the next three months will prove invaluable, though it will lead to a substantial income increase. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know this isn't unusual, but my husband doesn't have any interest in church. He doesn't mind if the children and I go, but he refuses to come with us. How can I explain this to them, without sounding like I'm tearing down their father? Continue reading...

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