| Feb 22, 2009
Carl St.Clair can clearly recall being in the third grade in his hometown of Yoakum, Texas, and being "marched down to the Grand Theater where we all got to see 'Ben-Hur.' I was totally captivated," he says. "The score was overwhelming to me."
| May 27, 2008
Sydney Pollack, the Academy Award-winning director of "Out of Africa" who achieved acclaim making popular, mainstream movies with A-list stars, including "The Way We Were" and "Tootsie," died Monday. He was 73.
Pollack, who also was a producer and actor,...
| Jun 6, 2008
Today's question: Over the last few years, there's been a mini-trend of popular culture that deals with pregnancy, relationships and other traditional "women's issues," but with a greater emphasis on frankness and empowerment. Is that just pop froth or is...
| Dec 6, 2007
"No Country for Old Men," Joel and Ethan Coen's visceral crime thriller based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, was named best film of 2007 Wednesday by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
George Clooney was named best actor for his role as a...
| Jan 1, 2008
WHEN was the last time you heard anyone get excited about a new film critic? That was my reaction when "Michael Clayton" director Tony Gilroy began raving to me about the review he'd seen on YouTube. "It was terrific," he said. "I sent it to George...
| Jan 11, 2008
Five out of the six Directors Guild of America feature film nominees -- Joel and Ethan Coen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Sean Penn and Tony Gilroy -- were also nominated Thursday for Writers Guild of America awards for their screenplays.
The Coen brothers...
| Jan 15, 2008
IN the documentary "King Corn," a couple of guys decide to move to Iowa and see what it's like to grow an acre of corn. Even though it looks like a picture-postcard cornfield, they discover that what they've really done is grow an acre of sugar. Most...
| Jan 16, 2008
A paper presented by researchers ... to the annual meeting of the American Economic Assn. concludes that violent films prevent violent crime by attracting would-be assailants and keeping them cloistered in darkened, alcohol-free environs."
-- New York...
| Jan 22, 2008
This year's Oscar-nominated movies, especially larger-than-life epics such as "Atonement" and "There Will Be Blood," take you there -- but exactly where? Like actors' doubles, films often are shot in breathtaking locations that are stand-ins for the...
| Mar 18, 2008
When attempting to take in the rather shocking news of the death of British-born director, writer and producer Anthony Minghella at age 54, it's tough not to feel in part the passing of a unique creative force that connected audiences to another era. ....