In his directorial debut, screenwriter Alex Kurtzman — known for blockbusters including “The Island,” “Transformers,” “Star Trek” and “Cowboys & Aliens” — has taken a 180-degree turn from popcorn movies. Opening Friday, “People Like Us” tells the story of a man who, after the death of his father, learns he has a half-sister. Read More
While rooted in an advice book that pregnant women reportedly swear by, the Hollywood dramedy “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” contains little that any parent-to-be can truly expect. The stork opera uses cliched scenarios and phony dramatics to address serious issues, and plays it safe and predictably when seeking laughs. Read More
Asger Leth’s “Man on a Ledge” does the kind of thing movies do well. It takes place over the course of a day, and mostly stays in one spot. We’re in and we’re out. Even the title gets the point across cleanly.
That one spot is a ledge, high up on the side of a New York building. Read More
Back in the 1930s, smart cookies like Miriam Hopkins and Carole Lombard proved that actresses could be pretty and funny at the same time. Elizabeth Banks is bringing back that tradition.Born in the small town of Pittsfield, Mass., the 37-year-old Banks doesn’t claim to be a comedian, however. She feels too lucky for that. Read More