The King’s Speech

Every so often a movie comes along that both exceeds expectations and is impossible to summarize in a pithy review column headline. "The King's Speech" is one of those movies.

Bold performances, disappointing plot

Twenty years ago, Sir Anthony Hopkins played Dr. Hannibal Lecter in "Silence of the Lambs." It turned into one of the defining roles of his long, illustrious career and still terrifies viewers. In his new film "The Rite," Hopkins turns in a typically strong performance, but really it's just a riff on reliable old Hannibal the Cannibal.


Oscar-nominated short films to show at Film Streams

For the fourth year in a row, "Oscar Shorts! Academy Award Nominated Films" opens Friday, Feb. 11 at the Ruth Sokolof theater. They will present the films nominated for Best Animated Short and Best Live-Action short, as they have done in the past. For the first time, they will be showing this year's nominees for Best Documentary Short.


‘Another Year,’ another disappointment

"Another Year," directed by Mike Lee, began playing late January and can be seen at Film Streams until Feb. 10. The movie takes place in the UK and focuses on a happily married couple in their 60's. Although Tom and Gerri (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen) seem to be very much in love, their friends and family have deep issues with getting older. 


Performances hold “The Mechanic” together

I have a theory about Jason Statham movies - the worse the movie, the more times we see him shirtless in the trailer.


A look inside the Aksarben Cinema Center

For years, Cinema Center, located on 84th and West Center Road, was the local theater for people who lived in the Aksarben area. When the big orange theater closed a few years ago, it left a huge void.  When the new Aksarben Cinema opens today, that void may finally be filled.


Closing the book on fairy tales

I'm five years old again and squealing with delight. It's the day before Thanksgiving and ABC Family is showing "Beauty and the Beast." Belle, my favorite princess (sorry, Ariel. You're a close second) is singing her theme song about the provincial life she lives in France on the screen in front of me, and I get goose bumps.


Valley of the what?

If you've seen the 1967 film adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's "Valley of the Dolls," brace yourself for an even more rouge (and hilarious) parody at the SNAP!/Shelterbelt Theatre. The stage production, of the same name as the book and movie, follows the movie script almost entirely, with one obvious exception: cross-dressing.