In 2004, when he was 29, Travis Knight learned in a phone call that his brother, Matthew, who was four years older, had died in a scuba diving accident in El Salvador. It was Travis' responsibility to find his parents - Nike founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny Knight, who were out at a movie - and tell them.
Nate Parker's blunt biographical drama "The Birth of a Nation" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 11 days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences came under fire for nominating only white actors for a second straight year. Parker's movie, which tells the story of Nat Turner's 1831 slave rebellion, earned a rousing standing ovation and immediate status as a front-runner for the 2017 Oscars.
With "Hands of Stone," Robert De Niro officially enters his Burgess Meredith-in-"Rocky" phase, bringing the ringside grizzle and rumpled gravitas by the pound. In writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz's peppy, none-too-probing biopic of Panamanian champion Roberto Duran, played by Edgar Ramirez, the "Raging Bull" Oscar winner (and let's not forget "Grudge Match") takes the role of legendary trainer Ray Arcel. He's the man behind the man. And good or bad, there's always a man behind the man in boxing.
There still may be 84 years to go, but a new list ranks David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive," Wong Kar-wai's "In the Mood for Love" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" as the top films of the 21st century — so far.
The American Film Institute has canceled plans to screen writer-director Nate Parker's "The Birth of a Nation" for students this week amid controversies surrounding a 17-year-old rape accusation against Parker and his co-writer.
"Politics? Maybe," so shrugs a young Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) in Richard Tanne's "Southside with You." At the moment, he's got more important things to focus on - namely, his companion, Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) and whether they're on a date or not. Tanne's film follows the first date of the future first couple, "Before Sunrise" style. It's a little bit about politics, but mostly just about these two remarkable people, their life stories and what they want to do in the world, which at this time is simply "more."
Mainstream South Korean cinema contributed the summer's best action film with "Train to Busan," a kinetic kick of a zombie thriller that brought new life to the form. "Tunnel," also a huge hit in South Korea, doesn't quite do the same for the disaster genre, but it's a well-made, suspenseful and surprisingly moving twist on a formula everyone knows all too well.
Director Ira Sachs is a master at showing the ins and outs of interpersonal conflict. In his previous two films - "Keep the Lights On" and "Love Is Strange" - the stories revolved around gay men. In "Little Men," he broadens his universe with a textured portrait of two families reluctantly at war in which the fallout poisons the friendship of their teenage boys.
Intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Figuring it has nothing to lose, the U.S. government supplies weapons to Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and other despicable inmates. Dubbed the Suicide Squad, the united criminals must defeat a mysterious and powerful entity while contending with the antics of the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto).