In "Captain America: Civil War," Anthony Mackie reprises the role of Sam Wilson, aka the winged superhero Falcon, for the third time. The actor would like you to know that the big scene everyone will be talking about - a massive superhero brawl on the tarmac of the Leipzig airport in Germany - might be a blast to watch, but it was miserable to shoot.
Brothers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, noted documentary filmmakers, tackle their first narrative feature film in "Pele: Birth of a Legend," about legendary Brazilian soccer star and "Athlete of the Century" Pele. While the format may be new, the subject matter certainly is not: They know the worlds of both Brazil and soccer, from their excellent documentaries "Favela Rising" and "The Two Escobars," and are therefore a natural choice to bring Pele's early years to the screen.
Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted.
Straightforwardly shot but astute in the way it captures the texture of the friendships at its center, the documentary "Oriented" offers a peek into the lives of three gay Palestinians in their 20s who live and work in Israel.
Actor Michael Douglas says the winning posters in a global competition to commemorate the first U.N. General Assembly resolution 70 years ago calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons "instantly create a universal message of peace."
Nothing quite captures the spirit of leaving our parkas behind and gearing up for summer like a list of reasons why you should spend your nights inside. But the movies slated to be released this summer boast an array of sequels, reboots and adaptations. And while we're all for going outside and enjoying the sun, here are 18 reasons to consider some nights indoors, listed in order of how excited we are about them.
The solemn, wrecking-ball mediocrity that was "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" made either too much or not enough of its key themes: collateral damage; vigilante excess and the ethics of peacekeeping through extreme force; as, more to the marketing point, the bloodsport appeal of should-be crime-fighting allies beating the hell out of each other for what seemed like several days. Those bullet points return, to far livelier and more satisfying results, in "Captain America: Civil War," the latest Marvel Studios exercise in ensemble superheroism and the fine art of making big piles of money.
Someone once described it this way: Morals are about the differences between right and wrong; ethics concern the conflict between two rights. Good dramatists in any medium exploit that conflict, fruitfully, and the most vivid example on screen at the moment is provided by the sharp, unpredictable Iranian drama "Fireworks Wednesday."
During a week in which the eyes of the nation were focused on NASA's first moon landing, a tragic drama played out on a tiny Massachusetts island that would have political ramifications for decades to follow.
A legal tussle over copyrights to photos from the 1950s onward shot by a Chicago nanny profiled in an Oscar-nominated documentary appeared close to a resolution Tuesday — though a dispute about who is Vivian Maier's rightful heir remains unresolved.
The most impressive superpower on display in "Captain America: Civil War" isn't Tony Stark flying in a tin suit or Steve Rogers throwing a hefty shield like a Frisbee. It's the whole team's ability to give an escapist comic book movie an intelligent sense of connection to life in the modern world.
Ads for the new film "Keanu," which combines kitten cuteness and gangster hardness, proclaim it as coming "from the visionary minds of Key and Peele." That would be Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central's sketch television show "Key & Peele," which concluded its fifth and final season in 2015 after having grown to have an unexpected cultural impact that garnered fans including President Barack Obama for their on-point sketches on masculinity, identity and race.
The roster of stars and directors in "Rio, I Love You," an omnibus of shorts set in and celebrating the Brazilian city, is impressive. John Turturro, Emily Mortimer, Vincent Cassell, Vanessa Paradis, Harvey Keitel, Fernanda Montenegro in front of the camera. Turturro, Stephan Elliott, Paolo Sorrentino, Fernando Meirelles, Nadine Labaki, writer Guillermo Arriaga and others behind it.