Encountering Our Alternate Self is Message of ‘Another Earth’

What if there was an exact copy of us living an alternate life on an alternate earth? Mike Cahill’s new science-fiction drama explores that possibility. “Another Earth” focuses on Rhoda Williams, a promising young astrophysicist, whose life is shattered after she kills two people in car accident.  Rhoda lives in limbo until one day, when

In ‘A Better Life’, Illegal Immigrant Finds Land of Dreams Can Be Cruel

Director Chris Weitz had a global hit with the second film of the Twilight saga. Now he has left behind the world of vampires and is telling a real world story of an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles. Here’s a look at the new film A Better Life. “This country is a land of dreams.

Final Harry Potter Ends With Emotional Bang

The global release of “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” brings the famous movie franchise to an emotional, action-packed end. Thousands of fans are gathering at movie theaters the world over to say goodbye to “the boy who lived” as well as the magical world of Hogwarts, created by British author J.K.

Giant Robots Do Battle in Action-Packed ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’

The mechanical toy robots known as Transformers first appeared on store shelves in the 1980s. They spawned TV shows, comic books and finally big, loud motion pictures. The third film in the franchise is now at theaters worldwide.Here’s a behind the scenes look at Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Shia LaBeouf returns as the resourceful

Lightning McQueen is Back in Worldwide Adventure ‘Cars 2′

A 2006 animated hit from Pixar introduced a world of talking motor vehicles, especially a shiny red racecar and his rust-encrusted best friend, a tow truck named “Mater.” Now they’re back for an adventure that takes them around the world. Here’s a look at Cars 2. LIGHTNING: “Wish me luck.”MATER: “You go get ‘em, buddy.”

Unexpected Gift Teaches Man Life Lesson in ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’

Wacky comedy is a specialty of Jim Carrey, but when his co-stars are six Gentoo penguins …on the loose in New York City …things really get wild. Here’s a look at Carrey’s new film Mr. Popper’s Penguins. BOSS: “Pull yourself together. Your house is full of penguins.”POPPER: “I know.” Tom Popper is working his way

Kids Making Horror Movie Uncover Mystery in ‘Super 8′

Writer-director J.J. Abrams teams up with producer Steven Spielberg for a sci-fi adventure set in the 1970′s about kids who dream of making movies when they grow up. Things get exciting when their homemade production uncovers a top-secret military project. Here’s a look at Super 8. “I’ve got property damage, I’ve got theft and now

Mutant Rivalry Origins Revealed in ‘X-Men: First Class’

Almost 50 years ago, Marvel Comics introduced a team of men and women with genetic mutations that gave them extraordinary powers from mental telepathy to manipulating the weather. In 2000, the X-Men became movie characters whose stories continued in three sequels. But now a new film goes back to the beginning to show how their

Indonesian Tax Dispute Shuts Out Hollywood Blockbusters

The months of June, July and August are when Hollywood releases its blockbusters, the big-budget films aimed at appealing to global audiences. But this year in Indonesia, an ongoing tax dispute between the government and film importers continues to shut out new releases and cinema owners say it is crushing their profits. B-grade horror flicks

Woody Allen Pays Homage to City of Light

Woody Allen taps into the allure of a bygone era in “Midnight in Paris.” The acclaimed filmmaker captures a picture-perfect Paris and presents an intimate story in a centuries-old city only to remind us that, as much as we glorify the past, it’s best to live in the present.   Gil, an American screen writer,