Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021

On its mud-and-blood surface, "The Last Duel" seems like a familiar slog.

The film, directed by Ridley Scott, begins with all the expected medieval trappings: gory battlefields, imposing stone castles, the clop of horses. The skies are gray, the terrain muddy and, considering this film is...

Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2021

The set-up of Tom McCarthy's "Stillwater" sounds very Liam Neeson. 

Matt Damon stars as a tough, terse Oklahoma father who travels to Marseille, France, to visit his jailed daughter (Abigail Breslin), who has been imprisoned for her role in a scandalous Amanda Knox-styled murder case....

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

Cops might do well to position their speed traps near movie theaters wherever the new film "Ford v Ferrari" is playing. They might fund their whole year's budget busting speeders peeling out of the parking lots.

This infectious and engrossing story of the 1966 showdown on a French...

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019

France's legendary Le Mans race, the central contest depicted in James Mangold's "Ford v Ferrari," runs more than 3,000 miles over the course of 24 hours. But that's nothing compared to the distance Christian Bale had to cover coming off playing Dick Cheney in "Vice."

"When I first signed...

Sunday, May. 26, 2019

Christian Bale remembers hunkering down in front of a television set with his father to watch Formula One races, back in the glory days of Alain Prost, Jacques Laffite and Nelson Piquet.

They even went to Brands Hatch before F1 left the circuit near Kent, England.

So the actor who'...

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

"Downsizing" has generated jumbo-sized buzz at the Venice Film Festival — not least as viewers debate how to describe it.

Is it a science fiction film, a romantic comedy, a political parable, an apocalyptic thriller? Alexander Payne's movie mixes all those elements in its story of a man,...

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

The story of the global nonprofit Partners in Health is the story of a few young idealists who couldn't have started any smaller — trying to delivery primary health care in rural Haiti 30 years ago. With no structures, little money, undaunted spirits and a belief that all lives are worth saving...

Thursday, Jul. 28, 2016

Matt Damon is taking steps to address the diversity crisis in Hollywood through his and Ben Affleck's production company, Pearl Street Films, and in collaboration with the people behind the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at USC's Annenberg School. They're the latest high-profile...

Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2016

It's a sweltering afternoon in Hollywood and Matt Damon has just gotten out of couple's therapy.

Don't worry, it was just with Jimmy Kimmel - a continuation of the fake feud that started over 10 years ago before the two had even met.

"It takes a really surreal turn because we got a...

Monday, Mar. 7, 2016

China has a new ally in its campaign to turn itself into a global cultural superpower: Matt Damon. And, behind him, a good chunk of Hollywood as well.

Chinese leaders have long sought international cultural influence, aka "...

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