Scarlett Johansson is the year's top-grossing movie star

Dec 28, 2016

Scarlett Johansson is the year's top-grossing movie star

Scarlett Johansson was named the top-grossing actor of 2016 on Tuesday thanks to her roles in superhero movie “Captain America: Civil War” and Hollywood satire “Hail Caesar.” Forbes said Johansson just edged out her “Captain America” co-stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey with box-office ...

Global ghosts in the shell of Japanese manga

Oct 1, 2016

Global ghosts in the shell of Japanese manga

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Earlier this year, a major Hollywood studio announced that it was planning to produce a live-action remake of the Japanese manga and anime “Ghost in the Shell.” The backlash from cultural critics in the United States and Europe was swift. They deemed that casting ...

'Hail, Caesar!': The Coen brothers miss a few pins

May 11, 2016

'Hail, Caesar!': The Coen brothers miss a few pins

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The Coen Brothers have always been critical darlings, but their 17th film, the 1950s Hollywood-set comedy “Hail, Caesar!” has shown an unusually wide gap between critical raves and tepid audience response. This despite a star-studded cast that includes George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, ...

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' didn't need a director

Jul 1, 2015

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' didn't need a director

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How many superheroes does it take to make a movie? At this point, Marvel Studio’s cinematic empire is getting so overpopulated that you’d need a spreadsheet to keep track of who everyone is. There are over a dozen comic-book characters vying for attention in ...

Lucy

Aug 27, 2014

Lucy

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“Lucy” is a big movie with a narrow mind; it speaks of all that used to work in a Luc Besson film and doesn’t anymore because we’re no longer in 1989. Besson ignores that, but he’s kept up with current times in other ways. ...

'Hercules' no match for 'Lucy' in U.S. weekend box office race

Jul 28, 2014

'Hercules' no match for 'Lucy' in U.S. weekend box office race

“Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman with a super-powered brain, collected $44 million to win at domestic box offices, outmuscling “Hercules,” but both releases helped pump life into a lackluster summer at U.S. and Canadian theaters. “Hercules” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in ...

'Her'

Jun 19, 2014

'Her'

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The fact that the promotional poster for “Her” features the lone, male, mustachioed face of Joaquin Phoenix tells you most of what you need to know about this gentlyhorrific tale of the nearfuture. This is a world that very much resembles our own, but ...