Jan. 14, 2015 12:00
In his final starring role, Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a first-rate performance in director Anton Corbijn’s timely, suspenseful adaptation of executive producer John le Carré’s best-seller. The “wanted man” in question is Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a Chechen/Russian Muslim who suddenly appears in Hamburg, Germany....
Jan. 14, 2015 12:00
The film is also a triumph for producer/star Bradley Cooper, bulked-up some 40 pounds to play Kyle, the Texas-born “good ol’ boy” with over 160 confirmed kills as a sniper during four tours of duty in Iraq — more than any other soldier in US history. To his fellow soldiers, he was “The Legend....
Jan. 14, 2015 12:00
The paintings were the work of Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), but the credit is taken by her husband, Walter (Christoph Waltz). Adams is, as always, sincere and appealing, but the character is so passive for so long that Waltz’s whirling dervish of a charming charlatan easy dominates the proceedings, even though the character is transparently a fraud....
Jan. 14, 2015 12:00
Grace is back, playing the oldest college student in recent screen memory and merely around to become a pawn in the proceedings. Dougray Scott plays Lenore’s current husband, but he’s so shifty and sweaty it’s obvious he’s up to no good....
Jan. 7, 2015 12:00
In the end, 2014 was one of the better movie years in recent memory… and, indeed, it seemed as if the best was saved for last. After roughly nine months of cinematic sufferance, audiences starved for quality entertainment got their fill – and then some – as the calendar wound down....
Jan. 7, 2015 12:00
“ACCUSED”: SERIES 1 & 2 (RLJ Entertainment/Acorn): This awardwinning British anthology series follows a different crime as seen through the eyes of the accused perpetrator....
Jan. 7, 2015 12:00
With Joanna Newsom’s appropriately willowy narration providing guidance, we follow Joaquin Phoenix – in yet another fabulous and fearless performance – as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a perennially baked Southern California private eye as he stumbles,......
Jan. 7, 2015 12:00
Poitras’ cameras are there when Greenwald’s stories are published and news outlets start following up on them. Her cameras are rolling as Snowden goes from expatriate to fugitive right before our eyes, sitting in a hotel room in watching TV as the coverage and controversy escalate before his eyes....
Jan. 7, 2015 12:00
Alan Turing was one of the unsung heroes of World War II. A brilliant, eccentric and supremely egocentric mathematician and cryptologist, he spearheaded England’s efforts to break the German’s “Enigma” code, thereby providing the Allies with invaluable information....
Dec. 31, 2014 12:00
The film, which he also wrote and was the executive producer, is currently in release and will open Friday at A/perture Cinema in Winston-Salem (see review, Page 30). MacLachlan will be on hand after each of the five screenings that day for a question-andanswer session with audiences....

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