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  • Ralph Fiennes lends dramatic gravity to comic role in ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    BY DENNIS KING NEW YORK – Critics of Wes Anderson’s unique brand of fantastical, eccentric, clockwork filmmaking often suggest that his movies are airy, ornamental inventions lacking the gravity of truly profound storytelling. On first blush that may seem true. Each of his eight meticulously handcrafted films has proven itself as intricate and multi-faceted as a Faberge egg.

  • Blu-ray review: 'Matilda'

    Dennis King | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Long before “Matilda: The Musical” became a Tony Award-winning hit on Broadway, the story was a much-beloved children’s book by the great British eccentric Roald Dahl and a prickly, endearing 1996 movie adaptation by actor-director Danny DeVito. In the nearly 20 years since its release, that quirky, zippy little film – much like the story’s page and stage incarnations – has achieved a sort of cult status among young fans, as well as among grown-up admirers of Dahl’s warm, weird and wonderfully cracked body of literature.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Beast of the Bering Sea'

    Dennis King | Published: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Beast of the Bering Sea” Syfy Channel Originals have a certain dubious cache among fans of bad, cheapo horror movies (this is the outlet that gave us “Sharknado,” after all).

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Tom Holland's Twisted Tales'

    Dennis King | Published: Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales” Legendary horror director Tom Holland, creator of such latter-day horror mainstays as “Child’s Play” and “Fright Night,” tries his hand at short anthology pieces in “Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales” (due out on DVD Tuesday).

  • Anthony Mann bio looks at director’s moody contributions of film noir

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

               In the Technicolor old West of 1950s Hollywood, director Anthony Mann made a name for himself by pioneering a stark kind of sagebrush drama featuring deeply conflicted cowboys with loads of dark secrets in their saddlebags.

  • Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles'

    Dennis King | Published: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is: “Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles” With the breakout success of “The Lego Movie,” another rendering of the little plastic block toys and a sci-fi cultural icon is now getting a boost with the release of “Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles” (due out on DVD Tuesday).

  • Vivien Leigh biography tracks a life of glamour, tragedy on stage and screen

    Dennis King | Published: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    British actress Vivien Leigh, who died tragically in 1963 at age 53, made only 19 movies in her career, but her two most celebrated and memorable roles – for which she earned best acting Oscars – were playing iconic woman of the American South.

  • DVD review: 'The Broker's Man: Series 1'

    Dennis King | Published: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

      Before taking over on his own popular Masterpiece Mystery TV series, “Inspector Lewis,” the everyman British actor Kevin Whately spent some13 years as Detective Sergeant Robbie Lewis, the reliable, long-suffering sidekick to John Thaw’s prickly, cerebral detective in the “Inspector Morse” series.