Man Struggles with Comatose Wife, Feisty Teen in ‘The Descendants’

Movie stars and fans descend on Toronto every September for the Canadian city’s annual international film festival. One of this year’s most acclaimed films, The Descendants, stars George Clooney. “I’m the back-up parent – the understudy – and with Elizabeth, my wife, in the hospital, my daughters are testing me,” notes Matt King, a Honolulu

‘Drive’ is a Wild Ride

As the pre-Oscar season revs up, the movie heavy weights are coming out. One is the film noir “Drive,” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. A raw and esoteric action drama, “Drive” offers intense visuals and an excellent cast. The Danish filmmaker won best director for “Drive” at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The camera

Maverick Cop, FBI Agent Team Up to Solve Irish Murder in ‘The Guard’

The cops-and-robbers genre gets an Irish twist in a new film by writer-director John Michael McDonagh. Irish actor Brendan Gleeson co-stars with American Don Cheadle in this story set in the wild west of Ireland. Here’s a look at The Guard. CALLER: “I’ve got some information about that murder last night.”BOYLE: “What murder?”CALLER: “How many

Anonymous Book Dishes on Life as a Black Maid in ‘The Help’

A hit novel about black and white women in the American south 50 years ago has been made into a film that is winning widespread critical acclaim. Alan Silverman has this look at The Help. “I was raised by a colored woman. We love them and they love us, but they can’t even use the

‘Contagion’ Tracks Deadly Virus

Local outbreaks of new diseases have occurred throughout history, but in this age of global jet travel and international commerce, a deadly virus can spread rapidly worldwide. That’s what happens in “Contagion,” a gripping new medical thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. It starts with a nagging cough, which spreads through something that seems harmless, like

Hollywood Comes to India, Bollywood Looks Abroad

After 25 years since its last visit, the James Bond movie franchise is returning to India. After authorities granted on-location shooting permits in New Delhi, Mumbai and Goa, India media reported the film may include a sequence in crowded markets and on a train. Even the star of the still-unnamed 23rd film in the series

New York’s Twin Towers Appear in Many Hollywood Films

For almost 30 years, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center graced the New York skyline. They were 110 stories high and symbolized strength and optimism. The monumental complex in Lower Manhattan was at the heart of New York’s financial center. But the towers were more than that. They became a landmark of popular

Korean Artist Explores Infinity at Guggenheim

One of America’s most prestigious museums of modern and contemporary art is showcasing the work of Korean artist Lee Ufan.   Born in Korea, the 75-year-old has lived and taught in Japan, where he enjoys the respect of several post-war generations of intellectuals for his role in leading philosophical and artistic movements countering westernization. New

Superhero Thwarts Evil Nazi Plot in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’

A comic book super hero whose exploits began in the 1940′s is back as one of this year’s big action movies. Here’s a look at Captain America: The First Avenger. “General Patton has said that wars are fought with weapons, but they are won by men. Our goal is to create the greatest army in

Lab Chimp Revolts in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is the prequel to “Planet of the Apes,” the sci-fi saga which debuted in 1968. Back then, a crew of astronauts crash-lands in the distant future on a planet where intelligent apes dominate humans. The new film, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” chronicles events leading up