‘Paddington’: A classic bear brings home laughter

January is when studios generally release their low-expectation titles to wither and die against award-nominated fare, so it’s a considerable gamble to watch a film starring a CGI-talking animal released in the first weeks of the year. But this live-action “Paddington” adaptation pays off.

Review: ‘Museum’ bids farewell to Robin Williams

Take heed: There are at least two acutely sad moments involving Robin Williams’ Teddy Roosevelt in the latest “Night at the Museum.” The movie, subtitled “Secret of the Tomb,” is imbued with the unshakable inevitability that even though we’re still having fun, it’s time to move on – a narrative made only more poignant by Williams’s sudden and shocking death earlier this year.

Review: ‘Annie’ is a hard knock, no fun adaptation

It’s impossible to talk about “Annie” without admitting up front when you first experienced John Huston’s 1982 film.

'Birdman' tops Golden Globes with 7 nominations

NEW YORK – "Birdman" squawked loudest in the Golden Globes nominations, flying away with a leading seven nods including best picture in the comedy or musical category.

Review: Revolution gathering in ‘Mockingjay’

ll is not well in Panem. At the conclusion of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Katniss’s (Jennifer Lawrence) force-field shattering arrow left the society in turmoil. The desperate act was perceived as subversion, inciting populist uprisings and devastating counter attacks by the governing elite.

Christopher Nolan’s space odyssey a cosmic knockout

Since his breakthrough with the backward-running “Memento,” Christopher Nolan has made a plaything of time. In “Interstellar,” he slips into its very fabric, shaping its flows and exploding its particles. It’s an absurd endeavor. And it’s one of the most sublime movies of the decade.

Living Green: Film tells story of revolutionary conservationist

Carey Lundin hopes the story of a conservationist and landscape architect spurs some social action not only in DeKalb, but across the country.

Fall Film Preview: ‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Unbroken’ top list headed to theaters

Unable to find her second directing project, Angelina Jolie took to sifting through “generals.”

Review: Ex-007 actor spying again in ‘November Man’

LOS ANGELES – Onetime 007 Pierce Brosnan embraces a darker take on spycraft in Roger Donaldson’s “The NovemberMan,” playing a former CIA agent whose autumnal nickname acknowledges his tendency to leave few alive when he passes through a town. A familiar string of dark secrets, shifting allegiances and (wo)man-who-knew-too-much pursuit propels the storyline (adapted from one in a series of Bill Granger novels), giving Brosnan the opportunity to prove his cool remains intact, sans tux and gadgets. “NovemberMan” won’t do anything like Bond’s box office, but will satisfy the actor’s fans and moviegoers biding their time until the next top-shelf le Carre-style thriller.

'The Giver' on screen after a two-decade journey

It was almost 20 years ago, and actor Jeff Bridges was searching for a movie project that would be a family affair — one in which he could direct his father, Lloyd, and that his children, then around middle-school age, would want to see.

Sheriff: Comedian Robin Williams hanged himself

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Sheriff's officials say Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging himself at his San Francisco Bay Area home.

'Mad Max' director 'heartbroken' over Mel Gibson

SAN DIEGO — "Mad Max" director George Miller was "heartbroken" over Mel Gibson's string of scandals in recent years, and said plans for a new trilogy prompted him to pick a younger actor for revisiting the post-apocalyptic auto action franchise.

Woodley, Elgort among Teen Choice Awards winners

LOS ANGELES — Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort of "The Fault in Our Stars" rode a victorious wave at the Teen Choice Awards.

Cowabunga! 'Ninja Turtles' bring box-office power

LOS ANGELES — "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office.

2 Bible Belt filmmakers expand box office horizons

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It's the Hollywood ending every studio wants: Low-cost production and high returns at the box office.

Few roles for Hispanics in top Hollywood movies

A new study shows that less than 5 percent of actors in top Hollywood films are Hispanic, and that Latinas are more likely than women of any other ethnicity to appear partially or totally naked on screen.

Robert Kennedy Jr. to marry actress Cheryl Hines

HYANNIS, Mass. — Robert Kennedy Jr. and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actress Cheryl Hines are planning to tie the knot in a wedding at the Kennedy compound in Massachusetts.

Marvel's 'Guardians' rockets to top of box office

LOS ANGELES — "Guardians of the Galaxy" blasted past expectations at the weekend box office.

Review: ‘Guardians’ is irreverent but not enough

At the height of their powers, our overlords at Marvel have deigned to prove, like an emperor tolerating a court jester, that they do, in fact, have a sense of humor.

'Sinister Six' spinoff to come next for Spider-Man

NEW YORK — The Spider-Man franchise will detour next with a "Sinister Six" spinoff in 2016, pushing "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" to 2018, Sony's Columbia Pictures said Wednesday in announcing an updated schedule.

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