Movies

‘As Above’ so-so as horror flick

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here,” is the inscription uncovered by a gang of 20-something treasure hunters in the catacomb-hopping horror flick, “As Above, So Below.” But the warning could easily apply to viewers checking out this rather hopeless mash-up of “The Descent” and “(Rec),” not to mention a dozen other found-footage movies that have clogged the screens over the past five years.


Ex-007 actor spying again in ‘Nov. Man’

One-time 007 Pierce Brosnan embraces a darker take on spycraft in Roger Donaldson’s “The November Man,” playing a former CIA agent whose autumnal nickname acknowledges his tendency to leave few alive when he passes through a town.


Moretz rescues ‘If I Stay’

‘Tis clearly the season for exceedingly attractive young adults in mortal peril.


‘Sin City’: Frank Miller’s vicious world

Last month, director James Gunn turned a comic book story into the movie hit of the summer. “Guardians of the Galaxy” has raked in hundreds of millions of dollars, making fans out of people who had never heard of the Marvel series.


'Step Up All In': To dance is to love, if not to act

Every dance number in "Step Up All In," whether it takes place in a bar, a boxing ring or a Las Vegas gladiatorial arena, is a battle sequence. The mostly male crews – whose routines are a mix of breakdancing, Bob Fosse musicals and Chippendales routines – mime hitting and shooting each other. In one impressively vulgar moment, the dancers simulate urinating on their opponents.


That look, and that voice: Bacall's best roles

Lauren Bacall had the look – cool and mysterious – and she had the sound, courtesy of that irresistibly low and throaty voice.


Robin Williams’ most distinctive roles

The kinetic bundle of energy that was Robin Williams took on many forms during a long and versatile career. He may have been best known for his fast-talking, funnyman roles, but he mesmerized in serious ones as well – creepy ones, too – and was memorable well beyond the big screen: on television, on the comedy stage, even on Broadway.


‘The Giver’: famed novel comes to life

“The Giver,” an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning young adult novel, may seem like it’s riding on the coattails of such dystopian action hits as “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.” But in reality, Lowry’s book may qualify as the ur-text of the form, a slim, futuristic allegory that, since it was published in 1993, has sold more than 10 million copies.


Lake in the Hills' Joe Farina follows in late father's acting footsteps

As much as he's working to strike out on his own as an actor, Joe Farina will always want to be associated with his father.


Robin Williams, comedy star, dead at 63

SAN FRANCISCO – Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.


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