‘Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever': TV Review

In Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, Grumpy (voiced by Aubrey Plaza) is a pet store feline who has been returned at least twice for being “the kind of cat who looks like she would smother you in your sleep.” She (reluctantly) becomes attached to a friendless 12-year-old girl, Chrystal (the excellent and sharp […]

‘Booze Traveler': TV Review

While roaming the streets of Istanbul, actor and “adventurer” Jack Maxwell, host of the Travel Channel’s new original series Booze Traveler, stops and considers: “It’s 4 p.m. If I was back in Boston, I’d be sitting down at the bar for happy hour.” Instead, he settles for a whirlwind tour of Turkey’s drinking […]

‘A Royal Christmas': TV Review

Humble Philadelphia seamstress Emily Taylor (Lacey Chabert) has a wonderful boyfriend Leo (Stephen Hagan) who happens to have been hiding a big secret: he’s a prince. How fetch is that? No, this isn’t a new season of Secret Princes, but Hallmark Channel’s A Royal Christmas. A Royal Christmas is one part Cinderella, two […]

‘An En Vogue Christmas': TV Review

In Lifetime’s An En Vogue Christmas, the funky divas — well, three of them: Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron and Rhona Bennett — come together for a special performance wrapped up in a reunion story. Young fan Kendall (Genelle Williams) asks the ladies to play a benefit concert to save her family’s club, The Opera House, […]

‘Eat: The Story of Food': TV Review

  “Food is your emotional truth,” says chef and television personality Nigella Lawson. In a new, six-episode series, the National Geographic Channel will explore a dizzying number of facts and fascinating facets of food, including its emotional truths (“Is that steak crying out because I’m cooking it, or because it’s happy to be […]

‘The Imitation Game': What the Critics Are Saying

The Imitation Game, out in limited theaters Friday, casts Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, who is tasked with breaking the Germans’ Enigma code while hiding his sexuality from 1950s British law. Also starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard, the drama from Black Bear […]

In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of ‘Penguins of Madagascar,’ ‘Horrible Bosses 2′ and More

Some stealthy birds, three inept office drones and a brilliant mathematician are heading to theaters this holiday weekend with the releases of Penguins of Madagascar, Horrible Bosses 2 and The Imitation Game. Find out what The Hollywood Reporter‘s critics are saying about the weekend’s new offerings (along with which film will top the weekend’s […]

‘Penguins of Madagascar': What the Critics Are Saying

Penguins of Madagascar, out Wednesday and with a voice cast that includes John Malkovich, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom McGrath, Werner Herzog, Chris Miller, Conrad Vernon and Christopher Knights, follows the fun foursome of secret agents from the previous Madagascar installments as they finally gets their own feature. See more ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ Secret-Agent Backstory Revealed in New […]

‘Horrible Bosses 2′: What the Critics Are Saying

Horrible Bosses 2, out Wednesday, follows up on the hapless worker drones in 2011’s ribald comedy as they discover their entrepreneurial inspiration and seeking to become CEOs themselves — but at a price. The New Line and Warner Bros. sequel — starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz […]

‘Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains': Film Review

A historical biopic profiling the stateswoman who helped unite Kyrgyzstan in the 1800s, Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains is also the country’s foreign-language film Oscar entry. Epic in scope and nationalistic in tone, but lacking either compelling performances or cohesive narrative structure, the film faces scant likelihood of awards recognition or further […]

‘Meeting Dr. Sun’ (‘Hang Dong Dai Hao: Sun Zhong Shan’): Film Review

Making his first feature film in 12 years and only his third in 19, Yee Chih-yen has perhaps made one of the most socially engaging, politically relevant and artistically refined entries in Taiwan’s long-running stream of high school dramas. As its absurdist heist-comedy veneer gradually falls away, Meeting Dr. Sun reveals itself as […]

‘Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains': Film Review

A historical biopic profiling the stateswoman who helped unite Kyrgyzstan in the 1800s, Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains is also the country’s foreign-language film Oscar entry. Epic in scope and nationalistic in tone, but lacking either compelling performances or cohesive narrative structure, the film faces scant likelihood of awards recognition or further […]

‘Lou!’ (‘Lou! Journal infime’): Film Review

A 12-year-old blonde cutie is hopelessly in love with the boy who lives in the wonky skyscraper next door in Lou! (Lou! Journal Infime), a live-action adaptation of the popular French comic books directed by the series’ original creator, Julien Neel. Art-directed to within an inch of its entirely synthetic life, this whimsical […]

‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County': Theater Review

Bestselling novelist Stephen King proves himself less adept as a debuting librettist in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, his long-gestating musical collaboration with pop/rock star John Mellencamp. This Southern Gothic musical premiered to decidedly mixed notices at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater in 2012 and is now touring the country, playing one-night dates in concert venues. […]

‘Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever': TV Review

In Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, Grumpy (voiced by Aubrey Plaza) is a pet store feline who has been returned at least twice for being “the kind of cat who looks like she would smother you in your sleep.” She (reluctantly) becomes attached to a friendless 12-year-old girl, Chrystal (the excellent and sharp […]

‘Meeting Dr. Sun’ (‘Hang Dong Dai Hao: Sun Zhong Shan’): Film Review

Making his first feature film in 12 years and only his third in 19, Yee Chih-yen has perhaps made one of the most socially engaging, politically relevant and artistically refined entries in Taiwan’s long-running stream of high school dramas. As its absurdist heist-comedy veneer gradually falls away, Meeting Dr. Sun reveals itself as […]

‘Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains': Film Review

A historical biopic profiling the stateswoman who helped unite Kyrgyzstan in the 1800s, Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains is also the country’s foreign-language film Oscar entry. Epic in scope and nationalistic in tone, but lacking either compelling performances or cohesive narrative structure, the film faces scant likelihood of awards recognition or further […]

‘Lou!’ (‘Lou! Journal infime’): Film Review

A 12-year-old blonde cutie is hopelessly in love with the boy who lives in the wonky skyscraper next door in Lou! (Lou! Journal Infime), a live-action adaptation of the popular French comic books directed by the series’ original creator, Julien Neel. Art-directed to within an inch of its entirely synthetic life, this whimsical […]

‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County': Theater Review

Bestselling novelist Stephen King proves himself less adept as a debuting librettist in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, his long-gestating musical collaboration with pop/rock star John Mellencamp. This Southern Gothic musical premiered to decidedly mixed notices at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater in 2012 and is now touring the country, playing one-night dates in concert venues. […]

‘Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever': TV Review

In Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, Grumpy (voiced by Aubrey Plaza) is a pet store feline who has been returned at least twice for being “the kind of cat who looks like she would smother you in your sleep.” She (reluctantly) becomes attached to a friendless 12-year-old girl, Chrystal (the excellent and sharp […]

Box-Office Preview: ‘Mockingjay’ to Rule Thanksgiving Roost Over ‘Penguins,’ ‘Horrible Bosses 2′

There’s something for (mostly) everyone at the Thanksgiving box office. New Line and Warner Bros.’ R-rated comedy Horrible Bosses 2 will go after younger adults and older teens looking for a laugh, while Penguins of Madagascar, a spinoff of DreamWorks Animation’s popular Madagascar franchise, hopes to nab families. Both begin rolling out Tuesday night […]

Box-Office Preview: ‘Mockingjay’ to Rule Thanksgiving Roost Over ‘Penguins,’ ‘Horrible Bosses 2′

There’s something for (mostly) everyone at the Thanksgiving box office. New Line and Warner Bros.’ R-rated comedy Horrible Bosses 2 will go after younger adults and older teens looking for a laugh, while Penguins of Madagascar, a spinoff of DreamWorks Animation’s popular Madagascar franchise, hopes to nab families. Both begin rolling out Tuesday night […]

China Box Office: ‘Interstellar’ Nears $100 Million; ‘Fury’ Opens in Fourth Place

Christopher Nolan‘s space epic Interstellar edged closer to the $100 million mark in the world’s second-biggest film market, taking $41.45 million in its first full week of release in China. As reported, the film brought in more than $30 million in China over the weekend alone. Chinese research firm Entgroup put the film’s cume […]

China Box Office: ‘Interstellar’ Nears $100 Million; ‘Fury’ Opens in Fourth Place

Christopher Nolan‘s space epic Interstellar edged closer to the $100 million mark in the world’s second-biggest film market, taking $41.45 million in its first full week of release in China. As reported, the film brought in more than $30 million in China over the weekend alone. Chinese research firm Entgroup put the film’s cume […]

Hollywood’s Holiday Box-Office Problem: Too Many Family Movies

<!–[CDATA[ This story first appeared in the Dec. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The holiday season might boast the first R-rated comedy ever to open on Christmas Day — Sony’s Seth Rogen raunch-fest The Interview — but the bigger risk is an overabundance of family films. Duking it out in late December […]

Hollywood’s Holiday Box-Office Problem: Too Many Family Movies

<!–[CDATA[ This story first appeared in the Dec. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The holiday season might boast the first R-rated comedy ever to open on Christmas Day — Sony’s Seth Rogen raunch-fest The Interview — but the bigger risk is an overabundance of family films. Duking it out in late December […]

Italy Box Office: ‘Mockingjay’ Debuts With $5 Million

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 continued its global streak in Italy, opening at $5.32 million. Teen fans of the series flocked to cinemas to catch a glimpse of Jennifer Lawrence’s latest turn as Katniss. Interstellar, which had topped the charts since opening two weeks ago, was knocked down to the number-two spot, still […]

Italy Box Office: ‘Mockingjay’ Debuts With $5 Million

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 continued its global streak in Italy, opening at $5.32 million. Teen fans of the series flocked to cinemas to catch a glimpse of Jennifer Lawrence’s latest turn as Katniss. Interstellar, which had topped the charts since opening two weeks ago, was knocked down to the number-two spot, still […]

South Korean Box Office: ‘Interstellar’ Remains on Top for Third Week

Interstellar topped the South Korean box office for the third consecutive week from Nov. 21-23, accounting for 54.8 percent of the revenue in spite of much anticipated titles such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Fury opening over the last week. The Christopher Nolan film distributed by Warner Brothers Korea has so […]

South Korean Box Office: ‘Interstellar’ Remains on Top for Third Week

Interstellar topped the South Korean box office for the third consecutive week from Nov. 21-23, accounting for 54.8 percent of the revenue in spite of much anticipated titles such as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Fury opening over the last week. The Christopher Nolan film distributed by Warner Brothers Korea has so […]