July 20, 2013 Movie star Ava Gardner agreed to write her memoirs with British journalist Peter Evans in 1988. Now, after the deaths of both Gardner and Evans, the results of their abortive collaboration are being published. Reviewer Bob Mondello says the book is dead on arrival.
July 20, 2013 Director Henry Jaglom was a close friend of Orson Welles — and with Welles' permission, he recorded several years' worth of their lunchtime conversations. Nearly 30 years after Welles' death, those transcripts are being released as a candid, blunt and personal book.
July 20, 2013 DreamWork's Turbo has been touted for having a multicultural cast, but does the movie, with its distinctly "urban" garden snails and its ethnic characters, really move beyond racial tropes?
July 19, 2013 Three horror flicks — Grabbers, Evidence and The Conjuring — add up to a case study in why an original concept isn't always what makes a good movie.
July 19, 2013 Let us not pretend that this is a straight-up review of a movie about a racing snail. Because that would just be silly.
July 19, 2013 Two new documentaries are making headlines. Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Blackfish centers on the whale that killed a trainer before an Orlando SeaWorld audience in 2010. The Act of Killing by human rights researcher Josh Oppenheimer, looks at the mass executions of communists in Indonesia in the 1960s.
July 18, 2013 A new Kristen Wiig vehicle is a likable but warmed-over comedy about reconnecting with the whack-job family you thought was holding you back. Critic Ella Taylor says Wiig's characterization of the title character is a whit too familiar to be much of a win.
July 18, 2013 Blackfish is a polemical documentary structured like the "psychological thriller" its distributor markets it as — an impassioned argument that marine mammals like the orca Tilikum are tragically ill-served by their treatment at SeaWorld and other theme parks.