Richard Crouse

Neither Dakota Johnson and Joel Edgerton talked to their 'Black Mass' people

In "Black Mass," Dakota Johnson has a high profile role as the steely-but-sweet girlfriend to notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, but for much of her life she was simply known as a child of Hollywood, the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Despite an acting career that...

Friday, September 18, 2015, 12:00 PM

Interview: 'The Unknown Known' director Errol Morris wanted more from Donald Rumsfeld

Documentarian Errol Morris's latest is the Donald Rumsfeld film "The Unknown Known."Credit: Getty Images“I’m annoyed by the story,” says Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris. “I just imagine that our public figures, the people we have given so much authority and power would...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 11:39 PM

Hugh Jackman on the moral ambiguities of 'Prisoners'

Australian actor Hugh Jackman arrives for the "Prisoners" screening at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto last week.Credit: ReutersHugh Jackman says his new film "Prisoners" is more than just an “ambitious thriller.”In his words, it’s “not just [a film] that grips you and...

Monday, September 16, 2013, 5:12 PM

'Reasons Mommy Drinks' highlights the trials and cocktails of parenting

Lyranda Martin Evans and Fiona Stevenson are the comediennes-turned-authors behind the new book, "Reasons Mommy Drinks.""Reasons Mommy Drinks," the new book by Lyranda Martin Evans and Fiona Stevenson, could have been subtitled "What to Expect After You've Been Expecting."“We really felt like this...

Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 9:10 PM

Interview: Ellen Page talks about the eco-thriller 'The East'

Ellen Page plays an eco-activist and anarchist in the thriller "The East"Credit: Myles AronowitzAt 20, Ellen Page became a star playing Juno in the film of the same name. She was nominated for an Academy Award and would go on to make movies like "Whip It" and "Inception." But first she took some...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 10:32 PM

Review: Latest ‘Die Hard’ dies hard

‘A Good Day to Die Hard’Genre: ActionDirector: John MooreStars: Bruce WillisRating: RGrade: 2/5The original “Die Hard” is an ‘80s classic. A near perfect mix of action, humor and Bruce Willis’s charisma, it was a claustrophobic thriller set inside an office building. Since then the movies have...

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 12:21 AM

The ticket-buying audience gets ‘Taken’

Much of the fun of 2008's "Taken" was watching beloved thespian Liam Neeson go all Chuck Norris in a dirty little Euro trash thriller. It was unexpected, and it was fun. The sequel doesn't have that gritty magic. It's silly, talky, and with a director with the last name Megaton, we expected some...

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 9:26 PM

'Looper' offers plenty for both sides of the brain to enjoy

Thirty years in the future time travel is illegal. The only people who use it are criminal organizations who send undesirables back to the past to be disposed of. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is an experienced looper -- or present day trigger-man -- stashing his pay so one day he can retire and live...

Thursday, September 27, 2012, 10:33 PM

There are no rules to ‘The Five-Year Engagement’

Somewhere etched on a stone tablet are the Rules of Rom-ComsTM. All romantic comedies, it seems, must have an unlikely couple meet, fall in love, hit an obstacle and then reconcile just before the credits roll. "The Five-Year Engagement" is no different, but shakes up the formula with some dark...

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 9:48 PM

Harry Potter grows up

“Normally,” says Daniel Radcliffe, “I hate watching my movies and hate watching myself.”Why, then, did he sit through his new film, The Woman in Black, during its Canadian premier last week in Toronto?“The last time I will watch it was last night,” the former Harry Potter told me the next day.“I’ve...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 4:34 AM

Tackling the ‘royal’ W.E.

Actress Andrea Riseborough has no time to be intimidated by co-workers, even when they are world-famous icons.“Making a movie is no small feat,” she says, “and there is so little time and you can enter into something being paralyzed by fear or you can just experience it.”She’s referring to being...

Friday, January 27, 2012, 4:33 AM

How movies teach us about life’s Grey areas

This Christmas I got a book titled The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook.Contained within were tidbits of information on how to survive shark attack, a volcano eruption, even what to do when the pilot passes out leaving you to land the plane.It’s an interesting read, but I am a visual person...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 5:30 AM

Aviation films still fly

The first Best Picture Oscar winner was Wings, a 1927 aviation flick featuring an inane love story but some spectacular aerial footage.Director William A. Wellman used his experience as a celebrated combat pilot during World War I to create the movie’s realistic and thrilling dogfights, which...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 5:30 AM

Movie Review: The Iron Lady

The Iron LadyGenre: DramaDirector: Phyllida LloydStars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. GrantRate: ***The film begins in the present with Margaret Thatcher, the longest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th Century, diminished by age. She daydreams conversations with her late husband...

Friday, January 13, 2012, 4:23 AM

Movie Review: A Dangerous Method

A Dangerous MethodGenre: DramaDirector: David CronenbergStars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo MortensenRate: *** 1/2Director David Cronenberg has rarely been this simply elegant. The story of two pioneering figures of psychoanalysis, Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (...

Friday, January 13, 2012, 4:18 AM

Movie Review: Pariah

PariahGenre: DramaDirector: Dee ReesStars: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha DavisRate: ***From first time director Dee Rees and executive producer Spike Lee comes Pariah, a Sundance hit unfairly dismissed by some critics as Precious Lite. Both movies are set in inner city African American...

Friday, January 13, 2012, 4:05 AM

Wayans sheds her smile

The new drama Pariah isn’t exactly a laugh-a-minute. A gritty look at a dysfunctional family and a daughter’s desire to be accepted, it’s a heavy, timely story. But one of its stars wants you to know it’s not without its lighter moments.And Kim Wayans knows funny. She starred alongside her brothers...

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 2:53 AM

Good box office vibes

“I’ve always looked at my career as an athlete would look at his,” said Mark Wahlberg, star of this weekend’s thriller Contraband. “I won’t play forever. Some don’t know when to walk away, but the smart ones do.”Wahlberg has proven himself to be one of the smart ones. In a career that dates back 20...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 5:30 AM

Jamie Bell: The skin Tintin lives in

Legend has it that when Steven Spielberg offered Jamie Bell the lead role in “The Adventures of Tintin,” the actor looked the Hollywood legend in the eye and said, “I’ll have to think about it.”“What is true is that he said, ‘If you were to be Tintin it would be about five years of your life. Are...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 11:48 PM

Writer captures Maggie’s mettle

Margaret Thatcher, the longest reigning British Prime Minister of the 20th Century, remains a polarizing figure even though she hasn’t held office since 1990.She’s a hero to some: Gloucester City Council leader Paul James calls her “the best prime minister there’s been.” But a villain to others: “...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 3:36 AM