“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 >

Crazy Heart

The Dude more grizzled and older but certainly none the wiser
Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal
Directed by Scott Cooper

The good news is, the Dude is back. The even better news is, he’s in top form and in a great picture. Jeff Bridges plays Bad Blake, an alcoholic, washed-out, has-been country music singer not caring much about anything after four failed marriages, a son abandoned years ago, a career mauled by alcohol and a star fading as rose that of a younger protégé, Tom Sweet. Bad sets the bar fairly ... more >