Tom Chadwick, the aimless, hard-luck bloke at the heart of director Christopher Guest’s endearing faux-documentary HBO comedy “Family Tree,” will grasp at any straw linking him to his brave, fearless ancestors.
Six years after bagging an Oscar for her role as Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” Helen Mirren won the U.K.’s highest stage honor -- a Laurence Olivier Award -- for her stage portrayal of the monarch in “The Audience.”
It’s every Hamlet’s worst nightmare. In the hush just before “To be, or not to be,” a cellphone rings. People tut and roll their eyes. The dramatic tension drains away like dishwater through a plughole.
“Matilda the Musical,” the story of an overachieving girl who discovers she has supernatural powers, swept up seven Laurence Olivier Awards, the U.K.’s highest stage honors, including best new musical and director. The production is due to transfer to Broadway next year.
Like a grisly car accident, it’s hard to avoid staring when a great actor gives a lousy performance in a horrible movie. One recent example is Michael Caine in “Harry Brown,” where the two-time Oscar winner impersonates Charles Bronson ’s vigilante from “Death Wish.”