Actor Gerard Depardieu gets Russian passport

MOSCOW — The day after receiving his new Russian passport from President Vladimir Putin, French actor Gerard Depardieu flew Sunday to the provincial town of… Continue reading

Five good movies about marriage

Barry Mendel has great taste. The longtime producer’s filmography runs the gamut, from Academy Award best-picture nominees (“The Sixth Sense,” “Munich”) to comedies (“Rushmore,” “Bridesmaids”)… Continue reading

  • Jan 4, 2013
  • By Christy Lemire Associated Press
  • LifeMovies

‘Twilight’ finale leads Razzies worst-of list

The “Twilight” finale had better reviews than the franchise’s previous four movies, but you’d never know it from the Razzie nominations singling… Continue reading

‘Bates Motel’ puts the blame all on Norman’s mama

Throughout the long and convoluted history of “Psycho’s” main character, the big question has been: What made Norman Bates become a knife-wielding, murderous dual personality?… Continue reading

Iranian filmmaker goes to Tokyo for enigmatic tale

Given the state of artistic freedom in Iran, it makes sense that Abbas Kiarostami, the critically lauded dean of Iranian filmmakers, has been globetrotting of… Continue reading

‘The Call’ goes haywire after gripping first hour

Rare is the thriller that goes as completely and utterly wrong as “The Call” does at almost precisely the one-hour mark. Which is a crying… Continue reading

Film calendar

Snohomish County Film noir: A series of film noir hosted by Jon Noe at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett;… Continue reading

‘Wonderstone’ conjures a laugh or two

NASCAR drivers, ice skaters, zookeepers, whatever — and… Continue reading

Israel’s ex-spies express regrets in ‘Gatekeepers’

“The Gatekeepers” did not win the Oscar for best documentary feature this year (the wonderful “Searching for Sugar Man” took the award), but director Dror… Continue reading

Nonjudgmental tone lends authenticity to coming-of-age film

The adventurous British director Sally Potter has staked out a place for herself as an experimental moviemaker who keeps a foot in the mainstream. In… Continue reading

‘Olympus’ falls short as ‘Die Hard’ in the White House

There’s a fun B-movie lurking somewhere inside the overblown mess of “Olympus Has Fallen,” but it only comes out in fits and starts. This thing… Continue reading

Film calendar

Snohomish County Film noir: A series of film noir hosted by Jon Noe at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett;… Continue reading

Fey, ‘Admission’ likeable if not fully satisfying

Tina Fey makes funny TV shows, funny movies and funny books. Director Paul Weitz often goes for something beyond funny: emotional stories of parents and… Continue reading

‘On the Road’ loses nerve in filming Kerouac novel

A movie adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road” was conceived immediately upon the book’s landmark publication in 1957, and lots of people have… Continue reading

‘Croods’ fast-paced, fun without being too low-brow

Nobody said evolution was easy. Just look at the Crood family, a caveman clan; every day is like re-inventing the wheel. Or in this case,… Continue reading

‘Spring Breakers’ is every bit as skin-deep as you’d expect

Spring break: It’s every bit as much fun as you think it is. Until it isn’t. “Spring Breakers” is Harmony (“Gummo”) Korine’s fever-dream of something… Continue reading

DVD releases

“Les Miserables” If you like the story by Victor Hugo that’s set during the French Restoration without all the singing, then this is the DVD… Continue reading

Fanning’s work recalls other memorable child actresses

Elle Fanning does some incredible work as a teenager caught up in the anti-nukes activism of 1960s London in the new coming-of age drama “Ginger… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2013
  • By Christy Lemire Associated Press
  • LifeMovies

Theater’s digital conversion two steps closer

Two anonymous donors have stepped forward to help secure the future of the Olympic Theatre. For more than a year, people worried that… Continue reading

‘Beyond the Hills’ a unflinching study of faith and superstition

in every sense — monastery in Romania, a place where the trappings of the 21st century… Continue reading