Billy Crystal Laughs and Cries through ‘700 Sundays’

In his Tony Award–winning one-man show, 700 Sundays — now on DVD from HBO — Billy Crystal tells the story of his loving relationship with his father, Jack, a New York City record-store owner and legendary promoter of Dixieland jazz. Jack died suddenly when Billy was just 15 years old. In his show, the star looks back fondly on the roughly 700 Sundays he and his father shared — and on how he and his older brothers, Joel and Rip, …

Shirley MacLaine: ’I don’t know anything about acting’

Shirley MacLaine stars with Christopher Plummer in Elsa & Fred, the story of a lonely old man’s emotional reawakening — thanks, of course, to his unexpected romance with an impulsive, high-spirited woman. Speaking from her home in the mountains of Santa Fe, New Mexico, MacLaine chatted candidly — as she’s been known to do — about her new film, how long she wants to live and the day she didn’t give a thought to Anita Ekberg’s “big boobs.” How Far Could …

Robert Duvall & J.K. Simmons: Two Tough Hombres

In Theaters This Weekend: Husbands and wives, fathers and sons, mentors and mentees — every member of all six groups learns some hard lessons. At Home: Abbott and Costello have a monstrous Halloween, while Henry Fonda shoots it out in one of our greatest Western classics.   Men, Women & Children Even the unreconstructed Luddite in me takes no joy in reporting that Ivan Reitman’s new film proves the Internet is ruining our lives. Porn addiction, eating disorders, social estrangement …

“Gone Girl” Gets the Weekend Going

Two very different types of getaways figure in this week’s theatrical debuts, while a new DVD set invites you to warm up to some mighty cold characters. Gone Girl Hotly anticipated by fans of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel, the film version of Gone Girl (adapted by the author) is a crackerjack mystery. It makes you wonder (in the following order) who’s dead, who killed them, whether anyone’s dead at all, and who might be next. Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, …

Denzel, Tragic Love and 10 Not-So-Happy “Halloweens”

The Equalizer If Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua were to surprise us at any point during this over-the-top action flick, they would have failed at their mission. The Equalizer is not about breaking ground, nor creating art. It’s about Denzel — older, wiser, more experienced than those around him — kicking bad-guy butt against a backdrop of dark alleys and rusting industrial landscapes. No one does the dead-eyed-hero bit better than Denzel, and few directors choreograph action more deftly …

Kevin Kline Loves Maggie Smith as ‘My Old Lady’

In his new movie My Old Lady, Oscar winner Kevin Kline plays a down-on-his-luck American who inherits a Paris apartment only to find it occupied by a woman (Maggie Smith) with the legal right to live there the rest of her days. Kline chatted about working with the legendary Dame Mags, the fun of making a low-budget indie film, and movie trailers that promise a different film from the one you actually see. Q: The trailer for My Old Lady …