The Bling Ring

"Living the dream, one heist at a time"
Katie Chang and Israel Broussard
Directed by Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola’s latest is about as interesting as the vapid microcosm in which it takes place: the small world of a bunch of half-wit Louboutin- and Vuitton-obsessed rich kids in L.A. They come up with the brilliant idea of finding out on the internet when this or that celebrity is out of town so they can sneak in the empty house and get their hands on the objects of their dreams. It’s mansion ... more >

The Perks of Being a Wildflower

Has American youth taken a turn for the dull?
Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller
Directed by Stephen Chbosky

Whatever happened to misbegotten youth? Don’t you long for the old days, when young misfits were French, and ran everywhere, and stole things? What happened to the old days, when a good American movie character could look forward to a life of crime on screen? Nowadays they take medication. And moan about not being popular. And make mix tapes and try to get people to feel sorry for ... more >


British actress's name used by hackers

No, it's not an allusion to her former role as a teenaged witch. Yet Emma Watson, known for interpreting Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" saga, is proving to be the most dangerous celebrity on the internet, according to a survey from security company McAfee. Dangerous, yes, but how? The name of the young actress is apparently widely used by hackers attempting to lure users to malicious ... more >

Harry Potter and the deathly hallows: part 1

Giving the penultimate wand shake
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint
Directed by David Yates

The Harry Potter stories have felt so crunched together in films as of late that it’s a relief to see that the last book is getting the chance to breathe in a two-film format. But “Deathly Hallows Part 1,” for the most part, is a slog. There is more sadness and terror this time around, the wonderment of Hogwarts and Quidditch have been replaced with dark forests and deathly, menacing wand play. ... more >