October 31, 2011 The film of Jonathan Safron Foer's novel could easily be the most manipulative, sentimental ball of goop to come out of Hollywood in years. So why is Mark Blankenship weeping?
As online movie rental services become more popular, major movie studios have been suffering from dwindling DVD sales.
October 31, 2011 In an effort to reclaim a movie market that's been dominated by the likes of Netflix, Amazon and iTunes, Hollywood has come out with UltraViolet, a service that allows users to buy and store movies digitally. But the system has its problems.
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Justin Timberlake arrives at the premiere of In Time on October 20.
October 29, 2011 Justin Timberlake's new movie is all about man who can trade time like money. With his adventures in comedy, music, and acting, it's hard to believe Timberlake himself has much time to spare.
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Rhys Ifans plays the Elizabethan aristocrat Edward de Vere in Roland Emmerich's Anonymous. The movie speculates that de Vere, not Shakespeare, was the real author of the bard's works.
October 28, 2011 The lives of writers drive two films opening this week: The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp, dramatizes a Hunter S. Thompson novel. Roland Emmerich's Anonymous, meanwhile, examines who wrote Shakespeare's plays. Critic David Edelstein says both films show how hard it is to write about writers.
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October 28, 2011 "Los Angeles Times" and "Morning Edition" movie critic Kenneth Turan calls the Sundance standout "Like Crazy" a simple love story. It's about a young couple divided by geography.
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Former CIA agent Paul Shepherdson (Richard Gere) and FBI rookie Ben Geary (Topher Grace) team up to uncover the investigate the murder of a U.S. senator.
October 27, 2011 In this spy thriller, a retired CIA operative (Richard Gere) teams up with a rookie FBI agent (Topher Grace) to investigate the brutal killing of a U.S. senator who had business ties to Russia.
A Good Ride: Journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp, left) is looking for more than a story in The Rum Diary, based on a semi-autobiographical story by Hunter S. Thompson.
October 27, 2011 Based on a Hunter S. Thompson novel, this adventure follows a liquored-up New York journalist (Johnny Depp) during his time in Puerto Rico working for a local newspaper.
Suddenly, A Duet: Rocker Ethan (Alessandro Nivola, left) discovers he has a teenage daughter (Abigail Breslin), when her ex-groupie mother dumps her with him on the way to rehab.
October 27, 2011 A hard-drinking indie rocker gets a visit from a rehab-bound ex-girlfriend — and the 13-year-old she says is his daughter — in a film whose central performances have a lightness that help compensate for a formulaic plot.
Against the clock: Will and Sylvia (Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried) live in a world where time literally is money — and it's running rapidly out for most.
October 27, 2011 A dystopian thriller imagines a world where the rich can buy immortality, and the poor perish if they can't find a way to put more minutes on their life clocks.
Strange, Even As Fiction: Rhys Ifans (right, with Vanessa Redgrave) plays the 17th Earl of Oxford in Anonymous, a political melodrama inspired by a discredited theory about who "really" wrote the plays of Shakespeare.
October 27, 2011 An oft-debunked notion about the authorship of Hamlet, Macbeth and the rest is at the core of a new political thriller from director Roland Emmerich. Screenwriter John Orloff tells Renee Montagne that he's less interested in historical fact than in dramatizing "the process of creativity."
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Beard of Avon? Rhys Ifans plays the 17th Earl of Oxford, who in the preposterous calculus of Anonymous is the "real" author of Shakespeare's plays.
October 27, 2011 Could Shakespeare have been in love if he didn't even exist? Director Roland Emmerich's Elizabethan-era costume drama turns a cockamamie idea about the Bard's "real" identity into a ridiculous but handsome thriller.
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October 27, 2011 The new documentary The Education of Dee Dee Ricks premieres on HBO Thursday. It charts the story of a self-admitted vain white businesswoman who questions her lavish life after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She realizes how lucky she is to be able to afford treatment. This galvanizes Ricks to advocate and raise money for poor, uninsured cancer patients — many who happen to be women of color. Michel Martin speaks with Dee Dee Ricks about her personal transformation and outreach.
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Heath Ledger starred as The Joker in The Dark Knight.
October 27, 2011 Which super-villain strikes terror into your heart? We review the top contenders, and invite your votes and suggestions.
October 26, 2011 Bob Mondello recommends a collection of Alfred Hitchcock films that reveal a master at work.
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Actor Michael Fassbender attends the 'Shame' premiere during the 55th BFI London Film Festival on October 14, 2011 in London, England.
October 26, 2011 The ratings controversy over a new film from Fox Searchlight promises a way forward out of the chaotic movie ratings system.
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