'The Peanuts Movie' stays true to its comic strip roots

Dec 2, 2015

'The Peanuts Movie' stays true to its comic strip roots

There are no grown-ups in “The Peanuts Movie.” More importantly, there are no villains or evil schemes. There’s a gentle, insecure little boy named Charlie Brown, his beagle and a gaggle of friends — that’s about it. Why this micro-universe inhabited by small children ...

Bertrand Bonello's edgy portrait of Yves Saint Laurent

Dec 2, 2015

Bertrand Bonello's edgy portrait of Yves Saint Laurent

“When I close my eyes, I see piles of clothing. When I open them, I see only darkness.” So says Yves Saint Laurent (in a stunning performance by Gaspard Ulliel) in the movie “Saint Laurent,” which opens here more than a year after it ...

Mark Osborne's 'Little Prince' adaptation keeps it in the family

Nov 25, 2015

Mark Osborne's 'Little Prince' adaptation keeps it in the family

A cinematic adaptation of “The Little Prince,” Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beloved 1943 novella, is a risky proposition. There have been adaptations before, including the live-action version directed by Stanley Donen in 1974, but none have really captured the magic of the original book, or ...

Simon Curtis' 'Woman in Gold' an ode to heritage

Nov 25, 2015

Simon Curtis' 'Woman in Gold' an ode to heritage

‘Woman in Gold” can perhaps be described as the sister film to “The Monuments Men” (2014). Both are fiction based on hard facts, and both involve the Nazi theft of major artworks during WWII. At their core is a deep love for art, and ...

'The Rewrite' stars Hugh Grant as himself

Nov 18, 2015

'The Rewrite' stars Hugh Grant as himself

You know when you get that “getting old” feeling — it’s when the film stars you once used to love and revere in sizzling love stories and action-packed melodramas of the late 20th century now appear in stories about aging parents, layoffs, sickness, bankruptcy, ...

Genial comedy 'My Old Lady' exposes darker side

Nov 11, 2015

Genial comedy 'My Old Lady' exposes darker side

‘My Old Lady” will hold an enormous fascination for real-estate agents and homeowners over 40, but a sizable portion of the movie-going populace would perhaps miss the point of the story — and do so willingly. There are three central characters here, played by ...

Director Kazuaki Kiriya struggles to be taken seriously in Japan

Nov 4, 2015

Director Kazuaki Kiriya struggles to be taken seriously in Japan

Forty-seven-year-old filmmaker Kazuaki Kiriya is as famed for being a tall, flamboyant loudmouth — he married Japanese diva Hikaru Utada when she was 16 years old (and he was 35) — as he is for making sleek CG-heavy extravaganzas that never manage to do ...