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Black film history: Five early movies

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a slate of acting nominees for the 2016 Oscars that was all white, it added fuel to the flame of a fierce debate about diversity in American pop culture and sparked an attempt to make the Academy's membership look more like the audiences for the movies it wants to recognize. Continue reading...

De Niro turns focus to roles in comedies

The movie poster for Dirty Grandpa is tragic but also unsurprising. There's Robert De Niro, shirtless in a sumo stance, hoisting co-star Zac Efron onto his shoulders. Watch the trailer, and feel the despair deepen: The renowned method actor plays a pervy recent widower who dupes his uptight grandson into chauffeuring him to spring break in Daytona Beach, Fla., where the retiree aspires to impregnate a college student or two. So this is what happens when frat boys become AARP eligible. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyNew movies starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst will compete for the top honors at this year's Berlin International Film Festival with offerings from Iran, Tunisia, the Philippines and elsewhere, with Meryl Streep presiding over the jury that will choose the winners. Eighteen movies are in contention for the Golden Bear prize at the first of the year's major European film festivals. Continue reading...

Cinemas across Arkansas showing classic movies way they were meant to be seen

Subscriber onlyOld movies fill some of today's screens as big as ever, returning yesterday's movie idols to the size that made them stars in the first place. Continue reading...

Some paths to 'classic' are just nutty

Subscriber onlyHow does a movie get to be a classic, and not just an old movie? Continue reading...

Classic lines, classic films

Subscriber onlyOne way to tell a classic movie is that it contains at least one classic line: Continue reading...

Will Little Rock Film Festival be resurrected?

In March, the Little Rock Film Festival (LRFF) completed its second year of downtown screenings, a move hallmarked by the early 2014 completion of CALS' (Central Arkansas Library System) Ron Robinson Theater. In recent years, the festival had showcased a host of buzz-worthy films such as Academy Award contenders Beasts of the Southern Wild and Winter's Bone, as well being featured in Paste and MovieMaker Magazine. Continue reading...

Quite a kick

Script with personality, dazzling artwork and fluid 3-D surprise skeptical adult at Panda 3 screening

I might have had better things to do on a Saturday afternoon than drive 32.5 miles to attend a simulcast "world premiere event" of DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3 at the Cinemark Towne Center in Conway. I'm not sure grown-ups should attend these things unaccompanied by a member of the target demographic, and there were no little kids available for shanghaiing. I was glad when my wife, Karen, agreed to accompany me on the outing, because you don't want to be a grown man showing up alone at one of the matinees. Mothers glare at you like you're Jerry Sandusky at the Chuck E. Cheese. Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

Fifty Shades of Black - R Marlon Wayans plays Mr. Black in this spoof of you-know-what. With Kali Hawk, Mike Epps, Andrew Bachelor, Affion Crockett, Jane Seymour, Fred Willard; directed by Michael Tiddes. (92 minutes) Continue reading...

COMING ATTRACTIONS

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, PG-13 A mashup (aka "reimagining") of Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England and the zombie apocalypse, with Austen's feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) as a master of martial arts and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) as a zombie killer. With Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, Lena Headey; directed by Burr Steers. Feb. 5 Continue reading...

The Finest Hours

The ultimate test of a movie that's "based on a true story" is if what's on the screen is more engrossing than the Wikipedia account of the event. No account of the Feb. 18, 1952, Coast Guard rescue of the oil tanker SS Pendleton off the coast of Massachusetts could be dull, but The Finest Hours occasionally comes close. Director Craig Gillespie (Million Dollar Arm) captures some of the fury of the storm that sank ships and nearly killed everyone on the water that night. Continue reading...

Home Movies

The Wannabe, directed by Nick Sandow (R, 90 minutes) Continue reading...

3 new films stalled by snowstorms

LOS ANGELES -- As moviegoers along the East Coast began recovering from snowstorms, floods and other inclement weather, cineplexes across the influential region were rather empty last weekend. This left new releases, including Columbia Pictures' The 5th Wave, Lionsgate's Dirty Grandpa and STX Entertainment's The Boy, all well behind box-office holdovers. Continue reading...

Nation dazzles Sundance viewers

PARK CITY, Utah -- The reception for The Birth of a Nation during its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday was rapturous verging on mythic. As the movie ended, the sold-out crowd leaped up for a standing ovation, then viewers remained on their feet, in the dark, in awed silence for minutes as the credits continued to roll. Continue reading...