Chuck Wilson has been writing freelance movie reviews for the LA Weekly and, subsequently, the Village Voice, since 1997. Each year, Chuck writes “Disney: A Year of Animation” for Chronicle Books and is the editor of their two-volume The Art of Disney Postcards. (He never reviews Disney films!) He is a member of the Los Angeles Critics Association.
13 hours ago | Film and TV
The need to tell a story and the desire not to collide in Live Cargo, the narratively uneven but visually exquisite debut feature from writer-director Logan Sandler. Shot on the island of Staniel Cay, in the Bahamas, this black-and-white drama cen...
14 hours ago | Film and TV
The lifelong friendship between French painter Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) and novelist Émile Zola (Guillaume Canet) centers this beautifully produced but dramatically wobbly epic. As the film tells it, Cézanne rescued young Zola from schoo...
28 days ago | Film and TV
Movie actors intend no less than to live forever, a goal that seems likely for the ever-likable, endlessly surprising Bill Paxton, who died last weekend at age 61 from complications following heart surgery. (Too damn soon.) No softie, Paxton creat...
2 months ago | Film and TV
In the second summer after the 2012 mass shooting at Newtown, Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary, residents put on a show starring local children and teens. In the slightly uneven yet deeply affecting documentary Midsummer in Newtown, filmmaker L...
3 months ago | Film and TV
Near the end of Underworld, the 2003 film that launched the popular (and profitable) horror franchise, Viktor (Bill Nighy), king of the vampires, tries to kill the werewolf (a.k.a. Lycan) lover of his protégé, Selene (Kate Beckinsale), and she is ...
4 months ago | Film and TV
“Henry was 18 when we met, and I was Queen of France. He came down from the north to Paris with a mind like Aristotle and a form like mortal sin. We shattered the commandments on the spot.” So declares Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katharine Hepburn) abou...