It's all about the humans in 'Arrival'

/ May 17, 2017

It's all about the humans in 'Arrival'

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With "Arrival," director Denis Villeneuve takes a very familiar alien invasion scenario and tries to put a new twist on it. While everyone from H. G. Wells in "War of the Worlds" to Roland Emmerich in "Independence Day" has envisioned a swarm of spacecraft ...

Getting a hustle on the Oscars

Jan 23, 2014

Getting a hustle on the Oscars

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David O. Russell's "American Hustle" is cleaning up in the early part of an awards season that was meant to belong to Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." And that ain't no con. The movie snagged a Golden Globe for best comedy as well as ...

Snyder ponders Superman's ultimate dilemma

Aug 29, 2013

Snyder ponders Superman's ultimate dilemma

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Opening on the heels of that other summer blockbuster "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Man of Steel" is no smaller in scale but feels much more personal. That's probably because director Zack Snyder ("300," "Sucker Punch") is a hands-on kind of filmmaker, who secretly feels ...