"Out of the Furnace" is a film about divergence and perpetuity. The two brothers who serve as the main characters may take different paths, and they may even seem to have little in common, but they end up in the same place: a dead end that offers no way out.
Philomena asks the unanswerable question of how far would we go to find the truth about something if we might not like the answer? The new drama from sure-handed director Stephen Frears discovers that sometimes the truth might be best, however painful. And, in Philomena, the truth is unbearably painful.
Anyone who felt that the workmanlike adaptation of the first Hunger Games missed the bull’s-eye, take heart. Catching Fire is the new The Empire Strikes Back, a smashing sci-fi sequel that takes its blockbuster franchise into deeper, smarter, more dramatically engaging territory.
This week, in preparation for the upcoming holidays, we offer our annual DVD holiday gift guide of attractive and available movies, movie collections, TV series and anything else that might interest a lover of varied home entertainment. Most of the following titles were released earlier this year but have been selected here for reminders.
A local talk show host has put her support behind an independent film made in North Texas and screening Friday at three theaters in the region. Theresa Westbrook, the host of the local public access show Time With Theresa, said she’s been campaigning to get Beyond the Farthest Star in local cinemas since the National Christian Media Association learned about it.
Writer-director Joss Whedon (TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly) has ingeniously reconfigured Shakespeare’s play about feuding lovers, transplanting it to modern-day Los Angeles but keeping intact its fresh wit and inventiveness along with dialogue that sounds fitting and completely natural to the settings.
None of the many compelling visual elements of the new science-fiction thriller Gravity can match what is felt and not actually seen on screen. Director Alfonso Cuaron has delivered a work that, while paying homage to past classics of the outer-space genre, also creates fresh twists and memorable images.
Sex is the topic up for discussion in Thanks for Sharing, a surprisingly flat new dramatic comedy directed and co-written by Stuart Blumberg. In the meandering work, a trio of addicts forge a bond and then play it for tepid laughs, overwrought pathos and treacly sentiment.
If you aren’t satisfied by the high-definition on your own television when it comes to pay-per-view boxing, NCM Fathom Events and Showtime has just what you need: the big fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on the big screen. (What’s next? Blood and sweat flying from the screen in 3-D?)