“HYSTERIA,” when the world’s most famous toy was invented | REVIEW

A slightly naughty romp, not to be missed
Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jonathan Pryce
Directed by Tanya Wexler

Director Tanya Wexler is no stranger to Hollywood: as Darryl Hannah’s younger half-sister she spent some of her formative years on the set of “Blade Runner” and soon saw filmmaking as a viable career choice. Fortunately for us it's the road she took, her new feature film “Hysteria” marking Wexler’s major debut. The premise is enough to incite giggles among the biggest cynics: an idealistic ... more >

The Wildest Dream

Why climb it? Because it's there.
Conrad Anker and Hugh Dancy
Directed by Anthony Geffen

At age 7, George Mallory sneaked out of his parents’ home in a Cheshire, England, village and climbed the church steeple. At age 38, he died on Mount Everest, a few hundred feet from the summit—on his way up or on his way down. Whether he did or didn’t reach the summit on this, his third Everest expedition, remains to this day a vexing question. Is George Mallory, twenty-nine years before Edmund ... more >

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Got a fashion fetish, anyone?
Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy and Krysten Ritter
Directed by P.J. Hogan

Obsessive fashion flower Rebecca Brownwood makes two quick admissions that let us know "Confessions of a Shopaholic" will be a disaster movie. The first is that she has a fashion fetish. The second is that she’s a journalist. As a longtime journalist, I can safely say these two things are oil and water. Or oil and fire. I’ve known plenty of knockout female reporters. All the better to flirt ... more >