Movies

6:05am

Fri May 9, 2014
The Record

Well Into Spring, 'Frozen' Soundtrack Keeps The Charts Cool

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 1:26 pm

Singer Idina Menzel (center) and Frozen songwriters Bobby Lopez (left) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez pose with gold records in February. Since then, the movie's soundtrack has sold over 1.5 million more copies.
Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images for Disney

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.

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6:34am

Fri May 2, 2014
Movies

A Burgeoning Relationship That Pivots On A 'Lunchbox'

Irrfan Khan as Saajan in 'The Lunchbox.'
Michael Simmonds Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

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.

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5:24am

Fri May 2, 2014
Movie Interviews

Behind 'Belle': An 18th Century Portrait Ahead Of Its Time

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 7:47 am

Johann Zoffany's 18th century painting portrays Dido Elizabeth Belle and her cousin Elizabeth Murray.
Wikimedia Commons

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.

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6:44am

Fri April 25, 2014
Movies

Visual Dazzle Of 'Transcendence' Won't Live Up To The Title

Johnny Depp as Will Caster in 'Transcendence.'
Peter Mountain Warner Bros. Pictures

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.

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6:30am

Fri April 18, 2014
Movies

'Teenage' Is A Mix Of Footage, Contrasts And Eccentric History

Archival photo of roommates listening to the radio.
Armstrong Roberts Classic Stock Images

Matt Wolf’s Teenage is something of a mess, but it’s an interesting mess. It’s impossible for the film to avoid the label “documentary,” but it’s not that.

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