Movies

Remembrances
1:31 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Fresh Air Remembers Actress Lupe Ontiveros

Actress Lupe Ontiveros was known for her roles in the film Selena and the television series Desperate Housewives.
Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images

Actress Lupe Ontiveros died Thursday of cancer at the age of 69. She was most famous for her role in the 1997 film Selena, but Ontiveros also acted with Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets, played a strict mother in the independent film Real Women Have Curves and had a recurring role in the television series Desperate Housewives.

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Movies
4:42 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

The Deep Blue Sea

Desperate love with first-rate acting

The Deep Blue Sea

Grade: B

Director: Terence Davies (The House of Mirth)

Screenplay: Davies (From Terence Rattigan play)

Cast: Rachel Weisz (The Lovely Bones), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers)

Rating: R

Runtime: 98 min.

by John DeSando

 

“Love, that's all.”  (Hester responds to her husband when he asks her what happened.)

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WCBE Event
5:04 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Cinema Classics Kickoff Party

Cinema Classics Kickoff Party
Cinema Classics

Cinema Classics Kickoff Party
Friday, August 03, 2012 
(6:00 PM - 10:00 PM)
Gateway Film Center

Celebrate the launch of Cinema Classics with WCBE's own Johnny DiLoretto and John DeSando at 6 PM on Friday, August 3 before the premiere of DR. STRANGELOVE at 7 PM. Talk with John and Johnny about your favorite classic films while enjoying light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Bar tended by celebrity bartender & WCBE staff member, Jim Coe.

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Arts & Life
1:19 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

From 'Popeye' Doyle to Puccini: William Friedkin

Originally published on Wed September 13, 2006 5:55 pm

Acclaimed film director William Friedkin is perhaps best known for his 1971 film, The French Connection. He won an Oscar for directing the gritty tale of New York narcotics cop, Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle.

Friedkin went on to direct The Exorcist, and his latest film is Bug, starring Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr.

But a few years ago, he took up another art form: opera.

Although Friedkin, 71, had listened to plenty of opera, he says he had never been to one — until his friend, the conductor Zubin Mehta, suggested that he try directing one.

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Movie Reviews
12:19 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

A Neighborhood Watch Goes Alien-Hunting

In The Watch, Franklin (Jonah Hill), Evan (Ben Stiller), Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade) and Bob (Vince Vaughn) start a neighborhood watch after a Costco security guard is mysteriously killed on duty.
Melinda Sue Gordon 20th Century Fox

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 5:03 pm

The savings are never passed on to the consumer, but a little product placement has become standard practice for Hollywood movies — a pizza box here or a conspicuously angled soda can there, and few take notice. But product integration is another matter: If a movie has been explicitly designed to accommodate a sponsor, it's worse than just a commercial movie. It's a movie commercial.

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Movie Reviews
12:06 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Two Films Shoot Past Realism To Weirder Territory

A Dallas hard-luck case (Emile Hirsch, left) hires a corrupt cop (Matthew McConaughey) to kill his estranged mother when he hears about her rich insurance policy. Needless to say, the plot of Killer Joe doesn't quite work out as planned.
Skip Bolen LD Entertainment

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 3:12 pm

Amid the slapstick comedies, sequels and superhero movies that have come to define summer moviegoing, two films opening today center on disturbed and disturbing romantic ties. Ruby Sparks and Killer Joe aren't fantasy or horror pictures, but they're within screaming distance — close enough to remind you how much deeper artists go when they barrel past realism into weirder areas of the psyche.

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Movies
1:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Step Up Revolution

Energetic dance sequences tell a story of youthful rebellion against business development in Miami.

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Movies
5:38 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

It's Movie Time July 27, 2012: Make Believe, Step Up Revolution

Two movies with talented young people striving to perform magic and dance.

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Movie Reviews
4:38 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

At His Zenith, An Unlikely Rock Star Bows Out

James Murphy, frontman for the now-disbanded LCD Soundsystem, kneels on the Madison Square Garden stage. Shut Up and Play the Hits documents the band's final show at the landmark New York venue.
Oscilloscope Pictures

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 1:34 pm

"This is our last song." You've probably heard words to that effect any number of times at concerts over the years, but when James Murphy said them on April 2, 2011, from the stage at Madison Square Garden, it was a little different.

This wasn't the last song before the encore. It wasn't the last song of the night, or the last song of the tour. This was to be the last song, period, that Murphy's band — the danceable indie-rock outfit LCD Soundsystem — would play together. Ever.

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Movies
3:58 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

It's Movie Time July 20, 2012: The Dark Knight Rises

Films reviewed: The Dark Knight Rises.

The trilogy's third edition has John and Carolyn divided in their grades but of one mind about its super acting.

 

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Movies
3:51 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

Make Believe

An informative  documentary about competition for Teen World Champion of magic.

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Movies
8:21 am
Fri July 20, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises

Batman returns from self-imposed exile for 8 years to save Gotham again.

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Remembrances
1:47 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

'Oklahoma!' Actress Celeste Holm Dies At 95

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 6:10 pm

Academy Award-winning actress Celeste Holm has died. A star on both stage and screen, Holm was best known for roles in Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve and Oklahoma! She was 95.

Holm died early Sunday morning in her Manhattan apartment with her husband, family and close friends by her side. She had been hospitalized a couple weeks ago following a fire in actor Robert De Niro's apartment in the same building.

If there was one role that put Holm on the map, it was as the coquettish Ado Annie, in the 1943 hit musical, Oklahoma!

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Movies
3:00 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

The Intouchables

No better comedic bromance this year and one of the best ever.

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Movies
12:48 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Looking For The Megabucks? Think Megapixels

Ice Age: Continental Drift, which comes out July 13, is the fourth film in the animated franchise. Since Toy Story marked the beginning of the era of entirely computer-animated films, they've been a studio's safest bet for big earnings at the box office and beyond.
Blue Sky Studios & 20th Century Fox

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 10:30 pm

Imagine you're a movie producer, and you've got a couple of hundred million dollars to gamble on a single massive blockbuster. Which genre do you suppose will be your safest bet — superhero? Action-adventure? Sci-fi? All of those have had huge successes, but they've also all had hugely expensive failures.

There's one genre, though, that's hardly a gamble at all. It's been almost foolproof since it first came into being in 1995: computer animation.

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Movies
11:20 am
Thu July 12, 2012

It's Movie Time July 13, 2012: Pixar

The Incredibles

Films reviewed: Pixar classics including Toy Story and The Incredibles. 

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Movies
11:15 am
Thu July 12, 2012

It's Movie Time: Tim Burton

Films reviewed: Tim Burton's greatest films featuring actors like Johnny Depp.

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Movies
3:34 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wilds

Grade: A

Director: Benh Zeitlin

Screenplay: Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar

Cast: Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 91 min.

John DeSando, WCBE’s “It’s Movie Time” and “Cinema Classics”

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Movies
3:21 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

A Cat in Paris

A Cat in Paris

Grade: B

Directors: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol

Screenplay: Gagol

Cast: Dominique Blanc (voice), Bruno Salomone (voice)

Rating: PG

Runtime: 70 min.

John DeSando, WCBE’s “It’s Movie Time” and “Cinema Classics”

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Movies
7:40 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Savages

Savages

Grade: C

Director: Oliver Stone (Wall Street)

Screenplay: Shane Salerno (Shaft), Don Winslow (Full Ride) from the Winslow novel.

Cast: Blake Lively (The Town), Taylor Kitsch (John Carter)

Rating: R

Runtime: 130 min.

John DeSando, WCBE’s “It’s Movie Time,” “Cinema Classics”

“They must love each other more than you, otherwise how could they share you.”Elena  (Salma Hyek to O about Ben and Chon)

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