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It's my final column of the year and, for that matter, the new millennium — not to mention of all time. Unless it isn't. I'm so confused. Anyhow, let's look at the highs and lows of 2012 — not that you have much choice if you're going to...
I'm pretty sure we can account for three of the best-male-actor nominees when the Academy Awards lists come out on Jan. 10. I've just seen a trio of excellent performances: Denzel Washington in "Flight," Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln" and John Hawkes in...
Director Niels Arden Oplev teamed up with forceful actress Noomi Rapace in the acclaimed original of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." They team up again for another tense crime thriller in "Dead Man Down." Colin Farrell joins them in this dark and...
The Hartford CourantJeanine Basinger has been happily married for 45 years, so she knows a lot about how to make a marriage work. Basinger, the founder and director of the Film Studies Department at Wesleyan University in Middletown, also knows a lot about marriage movies,...
Writer-director Andrew Dominik created a hard-boiled gangster movie in "Killing Them Softly." It owes much to the work of the Coen Brothers and Quentin Tarantino. It's filled with constant tension offset by the sort of cerebral dialogue and strange...
David O. Russell's screwball comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" and Wes Anderson's coming-of-age romance "Moonrise Kingdom" led the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards with five nominations apiece, including feature, director and screenplay. The bounty...
It's a mark of great film-making when the retelling of history, with a known outcome, seizes us with suspense. Such is the case with "Argo," which had my heart racing within the first five minutes thanks to Ben Affleck's smart direction. It opens with...
If you are entertained by politics, as I am, Joe Biden is the gift that keeps on giving. Speaking to a largely African-American audience in Danville, Va., the vice president accused Mitt Romney of wanting to unchain Wall Street. He then said: They...
Tags: Joe Biden, Entertainment, Paul Ryan, Slang, L. Douglas Wilder
Zap2ItSort of an "Escape From New York" in outer space, this action tale stars Guy Pearce ("Prometheus") as a government agent offered absolution from a conviction if he agrees to a dangerous assignment. He must rescue the president's daughter (Maggie Grace),...
Tags: DVDs, Peter Stormare, Luc Besson, Maggie Grace, Lockout (movie)
On Sunday, Hollywood celebrates itself and honors its own. All eyes (or most of them anyway) will be on the presentations of the Academy Awards. But do the Oscars always end up in the right hands? Opinions abound on this topic, and what follows is only...
There's something about the frozen Northern Plains, filled with folksy, trusting and righteous Dakotans, Minnesotans and Wisconsinites, that screams "insurance fraud" to screenwriters. The notion that there's nowhere in America quite so honest makes...
Dec 27, 2012 |Column| Orlando Sentinel
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