“Timbuktu,” the Oscar-nominated foreign-langue film from Mauritania, is set outside Timbuktu, a place long associated with exotic adventure. But here it’s occupied by Islamist forces, as it was from early 2012 until 2013 before French and Malian troops pushed them out.
The pedigree of Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman notwithstanding, “Wild Card,” a remake of the writer’s 1986 “Heat” based on his novel of the same name, is an unsatisfying mishmash of action movie, unlikely-buddy flick and meditation on the scourge of gambling. At times, it recalls “The Gambler” (another recent disappointment, and also a remake); at others, “The Equalizer,” and at others, any number of moody, seedy Vegas-themed films.
“Inspired by a true incident” per the opening credits, the screenplay by Binder paints a broad but credible portrait of a fractured family living on opposite sides of L.A.’s racial barrier, with Elliot carousing around his massive suburban mansion while Rowena shelters relatives in a Compton abode across the street from a crack den.
On Tuesday, Sling TV will start opening the service to those who had requested invites. A full launch is expected in about two weeks.
“Actors love this movie for showing the courage actors have to kind of go out there and lay it on the line,” ”Birdman” star Michael Keaton said backstage at the SAG Awards. He accepted the best ensemble award with his co-stars including Emma Stone, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis.
“I was thinking of these movies from when I was a teenager in the ’80s, almost like a subgenre of movies of people who get taken out of their comfortable lives and put into sort of strange environments,” said Baumbach
“Cake,” in which Jennifer Aniston plays a bitterly grieving, caustically acerbic and chronically pained Los Angeles woman, belongs to a contrived kind of low-budget movie — drab and depressed, but predictably poignant — just as artificial as any blockbuster convention.
“Mortdecai” is based on the first in a series of irreverent comic novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli, a British author of Italian and Slovenian heritage. Published in the 1970s, the books chronicle the amoral antics of aristocratic British art dealer Lord Charlie Mortdecai (Depp), who is aided on his drink-sodden adventures by his thuggish but resourceful and sexually irresistible manservant Jock Strapp (Paul Bettany).
Set in an unidentified section of Southern California, the movie finds literature teacher Claire Peterson (Lopez) separated from her husband for almost a year but not quite ready to move on, however much her best friend/sassy vice principal (Kristin Chenoweth) urges her to do so.