Disney's animated film Frozen has been racking up impressive statistics since it was released last November. Its box office earnings total $1 billion, worldwide, the movie won two Academy Awards, and on the first day the home video came out, it sold 3.2 million copies. But one stat has taken both Disney and industry analysts by surprise: The soundtrack has become a phenomenon, topping the Billboard 200 chart 13 times.
Popular films set in India like Darjeeling Limited or Slumdog Millionaire, show India as a place to joke about. The new movie The Lunchbox, made by an Indian filmmaker, is funny and touching – but is certainly not a joke.
Director Amma Asante found the story behind her new movie, Belle, in a painting: artist Johann Zoffany's 18th century portrait of two beautiful, young English ladies, draped in silks and pearls. The twist? One is biracial.
Belle is based on the real-life story of that woman, Dido Elizabeth Belle, who was the daughter of a Royal Navy captain and the slave he met after capturing a Spanish ship.
In his brilliant Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin is absorbed into a machine. That was 1936. In the new movie Transcendence, in 2014, Johnny Depp uploads himself to the Internet - this is not a moment of pure genius.