1. J.R.R. Tolkien: “There and Back Again” 2. Herman Melville: “The Whale” 3. Thomas Hardy: “A Pure Woman” 4. Oliver Wendell Holmes: “The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay”
The BBC’s Doctor Who marks 50 years on the air, making it the world’s longest-running science fiction series, with Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, a live “cinecast,” 7:30 p.m. Monday at 300 U.S. movie theaters, including the Colonel Glenn 18 and Breckenridge Village 12 in Little Rock; the Tinseltown in Benton; and the Conway Towne Center in Conway.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is scorching the box office.
Hunger is hefty stew of young-adult romance, satiric fun, action and more action
The Hunger Games series — much like its spunky female protagonist, who is required to be equal parts besotted romantic believer, cold-blooded killer, and revolutionary icon, the kind of woman who kills rabbits and eats raw fish but still appreciates a nice pearl — fashions itself a kind of multilevel crowd-pleaser.
As depicted in Jean-Marc Vallee’s Dallas Buyers Club, which soaked up a lot of praise during its premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Ron Woodroof was as unlikely an AIDS activist as you might imagine.
One of the things I knew about Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color (this year’s Palm d’Or winner at Cannes) before I saw it was there are about 20 sexually explicit minutes in its practically three-hour run time.
Robert Redford has spent decades carrying movies, so it shouldn’t be surprising that he can carry a film with no supporting cast. J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost features the veteran actor playing against the ocean and coaxing some his best work in ages during the process.
In adapting his 2011 hit Starbuck for English-language viewers, French Canadian writer-director Ken Scott appears to have used tracing paper instead of a word processor.
The most compelling concept in The To Do List is that sex can be explored rationally and scientifically, without getting all bogged down in emotions, attachments and jealousies. See Home Movies at blooddirtandangels.com.
Thor: The Dark World, the superhero sequel from Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel studios, led ticket sales in U.S. and Canadian theaters for a second weekend, collecting about $37 million.
At area theaters 82 ABOUT TIME, R A young man, scion of a family where the men have the ability to travel through time, can’t change history but he can change his life by traveling back and getting a girlfriend — a task that’s not as easy as it seems. (123 minutes)
New this week All Is Lost 88 PG-13 Robert Redford plays a sailor in the middle of a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean whose survival depends on braving a violent storm, the unrelenting sun, circling sharks and dwindling supplies after he awakens to discover his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container.
(opening dates are tentative) Black Nativity, PG In this adaptation of Langston Hughes’ play, Jacob Latimore plays a streetwise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother (Jennifer Hudson) whose trip to New York to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged and strict relatives (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett), with the help of a little divine intervention, results in his learning the true meaning of faith, healing and family.
Happy birthday. You’re not sure what to strive for, but things get clear in December. Favored activities in the early part of 2014 include: teaching, speaking and developing a creative, technical or mathematical idea.
DEAR READERS: At some point in life, we will all have to visit someone in the hospital, whether it be for the birth of a new baby, a routine procedure, etc. Here are some very hints to remember: Check the visiting hours.