Like so many of our contemporaries, my brother and I grew up in a sea of harvest gold and avocado green, and the most interesting furniture in our Racine, Wis., house was a hi-fi that took an entire old-growth forest to manufacture. Above that sea of green and gold, with Burt Bacharach and the original cast album of "The Music Man" wafting out of tiny little console speakers covered by wee bronze curtains, smoke filled the air. Our folks smoked, like millions back then, and millions today. It went with all the smoking on screen in an average hour of '60s and '70s television. My parents, happily alive today, eventually called it a day on cigarettes, and everyone was better for it.
Like silence, white space is a seriously undervalued tactic in animation. Think about it: Few things capture your eye more immediately than tiny bits of color or movement, swathed in a sea of bright nothingness.
The subtitle tells the truth; here is a wonderfully restless movie. To the critic-turned-filmmaker Miguel Gomes, Portugal has become a socially unjust excuse for a "bread and water" existence. His feelings about the state of his nation inform every seemingly clashing element of his three-part, six-hour whirligig titled "Arabian Nights."
"Rams" is named not only in honor of the sheep that are central to its story but also because of two men, as hardheaded and rambunctious as they come, who are devoted to the sheep but can't stand each other.
An involving and exciting inside look at some of the most middle-of-nowhere outdoors art ever made, "Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art" is a brief 72-minute documentary that covers a lot of territory, both literally and figuratively.
When Jason Sudeikis was making the Farrelly brothers' 2011 comedy "Hall Pass," writer-director Peter Farrelly told the comic actor he reminded him of Jack Lemmon, the everyman Oscar winner who was equally adept at comedy and drama.
The Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" and the Jane Austen-monster mashup "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" followed distantly behind "Kung Fu Panda 3," which remained on top of the box office over Super Bowl weekend.
For the second year in a row, Alejandro G. Inarritu won the Director's Guild of America's feature film award Saturday, giving his survival drama "The Revenant" a boost in the ever-shifting best picture race.
An unclear cinematic season got a little foggier on Saturday with Alejandro Inarritu's Directors Guild win for his harrowing frontier epic "The Revenant." With only weeks to go before the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, the race is still as wide open as ever.
LOS ANGELES-For the second year in a row, Alejandro G. Inarritu won the Director's Guild of America's feature film award Saturday, giving his survival drama "The Revenant" a boost in the ever-shifting best picture race.