‘Pixels’: Game Over

Slim pickin’s in theaters this weekend; if rain forces you into a multiplex, choose something from our “Still Out There” list, below. Southpaw Southpaw yearns to be On the Waterfront or Raging Bull, but it’s not even a contenduh. Jake Gyllenhaal transforms himself to play Billy “The Great” Hope, but his scarred muscle mass and punch-drunken slurring can’t excuse the predictable script and derivative characters.   Pixels When 1980s video-game characters try to destroy the world, only a team of middle-age former gamers …

Cinderella: This Weekend’s Shoe-In

Two new movies feature characters whose lives change when they try on mysterious shoes. A third film treads a well-worn path to mediocrity.     Cinderella Disney has been translating its animated classics into live-action epics for years, with mixed success. This effort, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is the best update yet. About a Boy screenwriter Chris Weitz has kept the most charming elements of Disney’s 1950s damsel-in-distress scenario and transformed the central character into a strong-willed young woman determined …

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 …

Best Grownup Flicks at Toronto Film Festival

Every September, the center of the movie world shifts from Hollywood to Toronto, where the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) showcases films ranging from small indie flicks looking for distributors to studio blockbusters making a big splash before they arrive in theaters. Crowds mob the streets of the city, jockeying for glimpses of their favorite stars and directors. Movie lovers line up for hours, hoping to nab one of the few remaining tickets for a new film. And show-biz writers …

Hugo on DVD: Will You Please See it Now??

Well, I hope you’re satisfied. Martin Scorsese’s Hugo arrived on DVD and BluRay this week, and at that moment you missed out on any chance that you’ll ever get to see it the way it was meant to be experienced: On a floor-to-ceiling movie theater screen in glorious 3-D. Forget the film’s 11 Oscar nominations (and five wins) and the countless “Best Director” awards that were heaped upon Scorsese. The inconvenient fact remains that Hugo wasn’t seen by very many …