Six Feet Under’s Alan Ball dazzles with his new film “Uncle Frank” and here’s some thoughts on it

New from Amazon Studios
Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis and Peter Macdissi
Directed by Alan Ball

Alan Ball continues to amaze with his explorations of the human condition, not just for gay Americans but for anyone who has ever had a secret, felt at war with himself or seeks to better his or her situation. The writer of “American Beauty” and creator of the HBO series “Six Feet Under” has written and directed a new film, “Uncle Frank,” that explores many of the themes common to all of Ball’s ... more >


Charles Darwin struggles to get the balance right
Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly and Ian Kelly
Directed by Jon Amiel

He brought us the theory of evolution but director Jon Amiel’s take on Charles Darwin doesn’t evolve into much. “Creation” stars Paul Bettany, complete with receding hairline, as the author of “Origin of a Species,” a reclusive man struggling to write the book that so defines us all. He grapples with the idea of “ridding the world of God” as one colleague puts it, as well as with the balance ... more >