March 22, 2013 Gears of War is one of those hard-core military video games with spectacular graphics and epic stories. It's not something you'd expect to work on a smartphone or with a download, but that's just where designers are planning to take these types of games.
March 22, 2013 The writer, actor and producer has a starring role in the new movie Admission. She speaks with Linda Wertheimer about comedy, being in control and — now that her long-running sitcom, 30 Rock, has ended — why she really means it when she says she's taking a pause to spend more time with her family.
March 21, 2013 There was a time when foreign invasion was a huge American concern. Now is not that time — but you could have fooled the makers of the crass, jingoistic Olympus Has Fallen, a sharp retreat to an era of military-fueled paranoia.
March 21, 2013 As chipper and breezy as the summer term its students long to escape, the indie musical Hunky Dory cheerfully ignores the consequences of its plot holes. A spirited performance from Minnie Driver holds interest, though, as does a David Bowie-focused Shakespearean musical.
March 21, 2013 The Bronx and its graffiti artists get a cheery, charming portrait in writer-director Adam Leon's debut feature, Gimme the Loot. Echoing the films of Richard Linklater in its vibrant authenticity, the film captivates in an agreeable 81 minutes. (Recommended)
March 21, 2013 The authentic grit of modern London is a plus in Sally El Hosaini's debut feature, My Brother the Devil. What's less successful is her attempt to break storytelling conventions; a intriguing concept and a smart setup subside into familiar sibling-rival storytelling by the film's end.
March 21, 2013 A new comedy starring Tina Fey and Lily Tomlin levies barbs at overactive parents in the college application process. It's a lively satire until it careens into typical rom-com territory: Can't modern women have a successful work-life balance without going insane?
March 21, 2013 Harmony Korine's splashy crime comedy Spring Breakers has made headlines for its surprising, sexualized use of Disney-certified starlets. It packs a few surprises, but the violent, bloody film ultimately tries a little too hard to be truly avant-garde.
March 21, 2013 Director Janet Tobias frames an indelible story of two families living in Eastern European caves early in World War II; spelunker Christopher Nicola discovered the hideout more than two decades ago.
March 21, 2013 In Antoine Fuqua's thriller Olympus Has Fallen, the White House is invaded by North Korean terrorists. Angela Bassett, who plays the Secret Service director, and Fuqua talk about the film's casting — and about how it opens at a politically sensitive time.
March 21, 2013 At this point, it takes heroic effort to care about the possible future handoff of Tonight, even if you have strong feelings about whether you like Jay, Dave, Jimmy, other Jimmy, or Craig.
March 21, 2013 David Mamet, the writer and director of the new HBO movie Phil Spector starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, includes a disclaimer at the beginning of the film: While the movie might be based on the controversial music producer, "This is a work of fiction. It's not 'based on a true story.' "
March 21, 2013 Also: Sam Lipsyte is interviewed by household pets; a new study tracks mood in literature; and Bret Easton Ellis' new book.
March 21, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of Elizabeth Strout's new novel, The Burgess Boys. It's the story of a fractured family dealing with a crime committed by the youngest son — a crime he himself doesn't understand. It's a somber look at the ways families can disappoint each other.
March 21, 2013 Nalo Hopkinson's latest, Sister Mine, mixes urban fantasy and family tension in a story about semi-divine twin sisters struggling to come to terms with each other and avert a magical disaster. Reviewer Genevieve Valentine calls it a "suitably imperfect and vibrant story of family."