A wisecracking polar bear ventures south to save his home environment from destruction in “Norm of the North” (Lionsgate).
Though suitable for all ages, this animated comedy is unlikely to make much of an impression — either on targeted kids or on the long-suffering adults who accompany them.
Alejandro Iñárritu’s new film “The Revenant” is one of the most talked about Oscar-nominated movies, and for good reason. The opening 20 minutes, which feature a frighteningly realistic Indian attack and a horrifically vivid mauling by a grizzly bear, are absolutely compelling viewing.
North Korea is perhaps the most secretive, least-known country on earth. A totalitarian dictatorship, its cult of personality has elevated three generations of the Kim family, starting with Kim Il Sung (1912-1994), to the status of gods.
Soon-Mi Yoo, a professor of film and video at the Massachusetts College of Arts, grew up in South Korea. At REDCAT recently, she introduced the documentary she directed and edited, “Songs from the North.”
In September, actor David Oyelowo starred in the Paramount Pictures release “Captive,” playing a man named Brian Nichols who made national headlines in 2005 when he killed four people while escaping from prison during his trial for a rape charge. The reason why Oyewolo found Nichols’ life story worth telling was because of what happened next.
When T.J. Berden and his film crew set out to produce “Full of Grace,” they knew they wanted to do something different.
Neither the National Football League nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation comes off particularly well in the fact-based drama “Concussion” (Columbia).
But the film’s central figure, the Nigerian-born coroner Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith), certainly does.
If your idea of entertainment is watching Leonardo DiCaprio gorge on the raw liver of a freshly killed buffalo, then “The Revenant” (Fox) is for you.
This wilderness survival drama, directed and co-written by Alejandro Inarritu (“Birdman”), is chock full of squeamish moments.
In what might qualify as a Christmas miracle, my wife and I actually managed to have a date night. What we didn’t know is that the restaurant we chose included a floor show. The eatery was adjacent to a multi-screened movie theater and it just so happened to be the opening night for the new Star Wars movie.
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time” is a 2001 documentary about an artist who makes “sculptures” out of, among other things, leaves, rocks, sand, sticks, roots and skeins of sheep’s wool, many of which fall in upon themselves, or melt, or are borne away on the incoming tide.
In his prior career as a newsman for CBS, William Riead had an unusual knack for finding himself smack in the middle of historic moments. For instance, he was covering President Gerald Ford when Ford had not one, but two assassination attempts made on his life in the space of three days.
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