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Johnny Depp Among the Nanobots: Hour of the Wolf Movie Review of Transcendence

Dan Persons | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The film, unfortunately, doesn't live up to the promises of its premise, but the notion of what happens to humanity as it begins to intersect more and more with technology is so potent that I feel an examination of what director Wally Pfister did right and wrong in exploring the concept is still worthwhile.

Why Life May Not Be a Cabaret and More Tony Musings

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Well, the Administration Committee did it, they ruled Cabaret Tony eligible. I wrote previously about how there would be precedent for that ruling (in...

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Transcendence

Dan Persons | Posted 06.21.2014 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

It's some kind of irony that the experience of watching a film called Transcendence is far from transcendent. Not that director Wally Pfister doesn't try.

Week in Film: Transcendence, Fading Gigolo

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There are so many potentially interesting elements swirling around Wally Pfister's Transcendence - something old, new, borrowed and blue - that the...

Zaki's Review: Transcendence

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.17.2014 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

Transcendence looks snazzy, but upon closer examination you realize it's nothing more than a polished simulacrum of other, more accomplished films.

Johnny Depp Is One With The Machines In New 'Transcendence' Trailer

Posted 02.12.2014 | Entertainment

"This isn't evolution. It's an abomination," Morgan Freeman informs Johnny Depp in the new trailer for "Transcendence." It looks like the velvet-voice...

Stage Door: Machinal

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.24.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Few know playwright Sophie Treadwell, but they should. An esteemed journalist and actress, she wrote 40 plays in the first half of the 20th century. Her best-known work, the 1928 Machinal, a high point in Expressionist theater, is being revived on Broadway at the American Airlines Theater.

Theater: Loneliness Doesn't Go Distance; Machinal Hums Along

Michael Giltz | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

It's a faultless cast doing its best with a work far more unconventional than is usual for the Roundabout. Here's hoping their subscribers appreciate this nervy stretching of the definition of what a Roundabout production can be.

Machinal: Flickering Lights

Danny Groner | Posted 03.18.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

The audience is delighted with a masterful set that leaves you as much attuned to what's going on in front of you as wondering how they can be pulling it all off behind the scenes. The set rotates and twirls, landing on different settings with new characters appearing. There's always a surprise around the corner.

Aisle View: Sizzlingly Good

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.19.2014 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

An awkwardly insecure girl from the tenements of New York is forced, by societal conditions and a lack of viable options, into marriage to her boss; motherhood; and such continued repression that she finally takes matters into her own hands--mighty pretty hands, all the men tell her--and brutally murders her husband.

The First Look At Johnny Depp's Artificial-Intelligence Movie Is Here

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.19.2013 | Entertainment

If you feel like "Her" is a step too far in the whole sentient artificial-intelligence thing, then next year's "Transcendence" probably won't be at th...

Movie Review: Closed Circuit

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.26.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

John Crowley's Closed Circuit, arriving in the wake of the Bradley Manning decision and the ongoing Edward Snowden affair, is more than timely: It's the most chilling film of the year, more frightening than any horror film because it seems so real.

From 'Iron Man' To An 85-Year Old Broadway Play

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Rebecca Hall, who plays a brilliant biologist in "Iron Man 3," will soon get to play a murderer onstage. The Roundabout Theatre Company s...

Movie Review: Iron Man Three

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.03.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

So is the third film the decider in a series? Two out of three good enough for immortality? In the case of Iron Man Three (as the closing credits have it), I'd say it's probably too close to call.

17 Biggest Breakout Stars Of The Summer

Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment

Rebecca Hall is set to have a pretty great birthday. The British actress turns 31 on May 3, the same day her biggest movie ever, a little something ca...

Iron Man 3: What You Might Need to Know!

Lee Allport | Posted 06.23.2013 | Entertainment
Lee Allport

As May 3 grows nearer, and the cast of Iron Man 3 sits down with the American press to talk about the movie, I want to share some things I learned about the comic book side of the "Extremis" story line with you.

Benedict Cumberbatch Goes To War In HBO's 'Parade's End'

Maureen Ryan | Posted 02.26.2013 | TV
Maureen Ryan

The intention of "Parade's End" may have been to explore the love and hate that the two lead characters (played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall) have for each other, but what ends up on the screen is often a muddled soup

Movie Review: A Bag of Hammers

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.10.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

A Bag of Hammers isn't out to change the world. But it does capture the sense of what happens when our world does change, in ways that bigger, more expensive films too seldom achieve.

Iron Man's Newest Leading Lady?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 05.09.2012 | Entertainment

Rebecca Hall can thank Jessica Chastain's comically busy schedule for the biggest offer she's had yet: the chance to play the female lead in "Iron Man...

James Blake's Joni Mitchell Cover

Posted 12.20.2011 | Home

Nothing makes it quite as comforting to wallow in our romantic woes around the holidays quite like Joni Mitchell. Her male equivalent, James Blake, ha...

IT'S OFFICIAL

Posted 01.28.2012 | Celebrity

Hollywood power couple Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes dropped a bomb when they announced their split after seven years of marriage in May 2010, igniting ...

The Perfect Scary Movie?

Posted 11.15.2011 | Entertainment

Is there a better place to stage a ghost-hunt than a between the wars British boarding school? Apparently not. "The Awakening," stars Rebecca H...

Live from Toronto Film Festival: Sunday 9.11.11

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.12.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I was in a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, and by the time the movie was over, the World Trade ...

PHOTOS: We Cast 'How To Love An American Man'

Posted 10.12.2011 | Celebrity

You know you're siting on a bestseller when your first book hasn't been published yet and casting buzz about the movie version has already hit the pap...

Even After Midnight In Paris, I Prefer Woody Allen's Early Work

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Great artists of all types and stripes confront the same challenge: once they've created something truly brilliant, how do they ever equal it, much less surpass it?