Movie: ‘Ben-Hur’

Subtitled “A Tale of the Christ,” Civil War Gen. Lew Wallace’s best-selling 1880 novel, which had previously been made into a wildly successful stage play, first reached audiences of the newfangled cinema way back in 1907. Since that adaptation was completely unauthorized, however, a lawsuit resulted that still stands as a landmark in the development of copyright protection.

Movie: ‘Cafe Society’

NEW YORK (CNS) — “Love is an emotion, and emotions aren’t rational,” a character muses midway through writer-director Woody Allen’s seriocomic “Cafe Society” (Lionsgate). This variation on “the heart wants what the heart wants” — a saying ultimately traceable, in a slightly different form, to an Emily Dickinson poem — is not a lucid theme […]

Movie: ‘Nine Lives’

NEW YORK (CNS) — It must have been a slow day in Hollywood when the proposal for the vapid comedy “Nine Lives” (EuropaCorp) got the green light. Or perhaps someone behind the scenes saw some potential in the project that failed to make it to the screen. Either way, the dead-on-arrival result, in which Kevin […]