'Noah' leads spring movie roster

Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' Bateman's 'Bad Words also out

3/28/2014
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Russell Crowe in a scene from 'Noah.'
Russell Crowe in a scene from 'Noah.'

Aronofsky offers complex account of biblical tale

Noah isn’t the story of the ark most of us heard growing up. Nor is that Darren Aronofsky’s intention with this $125 million epic. His account of the lone righteous man and his family saved from a global flood by God is far more complex in its morality and challenging to its believers than its source material. READ MORE.

 

Tom Wilkinson, Tony Revolori, center, and Owen Wilson, right,  in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.'
Tom Wilkinson, Tony Revolori, center, and Owen Wilson, right, in 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.'

Grand Budapest Hotel' shows Anderson's brilliance

An Austrian Jew who fled Europe during Hitler’s early rise to power, Stefan Zweig was among the most famous and acclaimed writers of his day. Rather than watch the Nazi desecration of the continent and its art and culture, Zweig took his own life in 1940 at the age of 60 while living in Rio de Janeiro.

Now largely forgotten, the author and his works are the spiritual inspiration for Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, a bittersweet comedy-drama about a man and a place fallen out of fashion in the 1930s.  READ MORE

 

Jason Bateman in a scene from ‘Bad Words.’
Jason Bateman in a scene from ‘Bad Words.’

Bateman is nasty, hateful, and luckily funny in ‘Bad Words’

If you've seen the poster for Bad Words, starring and directed by Jason Bateman, you'll see a sneer on Bateman's face. It's truly nasty. More than most movie posters, this image sets a perfect tone for the film, much of which really is that nasty.

And funny. Very, very funny. .READ MORE