Film

Kevin Costner’s conviction as NFL GM adds ‘Draft Day’ to his list of sports gems

Big egos, powerful players and potential for disaster keep you guessing

"Draft Day" begins with Kevin Costner's serious character, Sonny Weaver Jr., facing the current biggest dilemma in his life.



OPENING IN FILM: Kevin Costner tackles the NFL

‘Draft Day’ focuses on GM rebuilding Cleveland Browns. Also up is he scary ‘Oculus’ and two 2′s, sequels to ‘Rio’ and ‘The Raid.’

Add football to the list of sports that Kevin Costner has tackled on the big screen.



The adventure of lemurs, way bigger than life

(REVIEW) In IMAX film ‘Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,’ the stars fight for their very lives

It may be the greatest and most successful big screen matchmaking scene ever.



OPENING IN FILM: Marvel heroes, marvelous creatures

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at the malls, “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” at MOST’s IMAX

It's time for a Marvel Comic hero to come to life on the big screen and save us all again.



In ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ characters abound

Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori make funny as odd partners

Once upon a time there was a majestic hotel steeped in European tradition ...



Oldies But Goodies

Cinefest 34 continues its resurrection of reel treats

The weather outside was frightful even for mid-March when Cinefest 34, the annual confab of rarely seen flicks presented by the Syracuse Cinephile Society, returned to Liverpool’s Holiday Inn from March 13 to 16. For the dealers who traveled here to set up shop, the snowy conditions during move-in day, Wednesday, March 12, led to unexpected delays for several purveyors of rare stills, books and 16mm prints.



OPENING IN FILM: Funky hotel, fighting drugs, lots of water

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Sabotage,’ ‘Noah’ will be odd, tense and epically wet

Quirky, violent and very, very wet.



‘Divergent’ factions add up to a complicated world

Chatty fans of the novel don’t help the atmosphere much

Your teen grows up to be smart, compassionate and brave.



OPENING IN FILM: Stay in your class, show some class, convince the class

‘Divergent,’ ‘Muppets Most Wanted,’ ‘God’s Not Dead’ feature drama, comedy and conviction

Talk about a class system.



Meds Man

A meek pharmacist experiments with his mortar and pestle in Better Living Through Chemistry.

Sam Rockwell is one of the more underrated actors around, capable of commanding the screen in offbeat lead roles like the Chuck Barris part in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), as well as stealing scenes galore in sizable supporting turns like last summer’s dramedy sleeper The Way, Way Back. He’s in nearly every minute of Better Living Through Chemistry (Samuel Goldwyn; 92 minutes; R; widescreen; 2014), a modest indie comedy with more promise than it ultimately delivers, yet Rockwell is so watchable that Better is better for it.