Modern Oscar telecasts, like upscale restaurants and traveling viruses, tend to get the hosts they deserve.
Maybe it’s that producers intuit a prevailing vibe. Or maybe it’s just that a solid pro bends a ceremony to the moment. Whatever the reason, Academy Awards hosts can reflect a certain zeitgeist.Read more
Audiences have embraced “From Here to Eternity” since its 1953 debut, so it’s a pleasure to report that it will be available on local big screens (including AMC, Cinemark, Edwards and Regal theaters) on Sunday and Wednesday at 2 and 7 p.m. as part of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies’ Big Screen Classics series.Read more
“What have you ever come up with?!” That question arrives near the end of “The Founder,” a sharp and satisfyingly fat-free account of how a wily salesman took a lucrative Southern California burger joint and turned it into the world’s biggest fast-food empire.Read more
The crowd at a movie premiere is an inherently friendly one. Everyone in the house is either employed by the studio, had a hand in making the movie or is just happy to be at a free movie (that would be the press). And when the film finishes screening, there is always a round of applause for almost every name that floats on the screen.
Disney’s premiere for “Moana” was no different.Read more
The novel kick to Ian Olds’ moody small town mystery drama “Burn Country” is its viewpoint, that of an Afghan journalist transplanted to an eccentric burg in Northern California. Chatty, curious Osman (Dominic Rains), crashing at the home of his American war correspondent colleague’s mother (Melissa Leo), is a go-getter type eager to make his mark as a crime reporter for the local paper.Read more
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Tuesday the 15 feature documentaries that will continue to compete for the Oscar. The list was narrowed down from an initial field of 145 submitted films and should make for one of the strongest and most competitive doc races in recent memory.Read more