| Jan 24, 2012
| 4:08 PM
John Osborne wrote the key post-World War II British drama "Look Back in Anger," later filmed in 1959. By contrast there’s very little anger in all the look-backs among this year’s Academy Award nominations. Oscar's unofficial slogan in...
| Jan 24, 2012
| 10:47 AM
All my friends think I wake up early for the Oscar nominations. It’s baffling how little they know me. I love nothing more in life than sleeping in. And why wake up early to pull an Elvis and shoot the TV screen at the idiotic nominations that...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 3:34 PM
Everyone has at least one skill that doesn't have a practical use.
Mine is the ability to name every movie ever to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
I absorbed that knowledge from years of reading critical studies of the Oscars, to the point...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 1:27 PM
Clint Eastwood's appearance last month at the Republican National Convention will undoubtedly go down as one of the more amusing moments in the 2012 presidential campaign. His performance-art speech with an empty chair also qualifies as one of the most...
| Feb 5, 2012
OK, so maybe your invitation to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got lost in the mail this year.
But you've paid your money, watched the films, then later picked them apart scene by scene with family and friends.
So what if you don't...
| Feb 19, 2012
| 8:50 PM
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences paid homage this year to the early days of cinema by bestowing the lion's share of Oscar nominations on two films that are valentines to the early days of cinema. "Hugo," Martin Scorsese's heartfelt love...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 12:50 AM
The Oscars are serious — important people making important, relevant, thought-provoking movies about race, marital relations, horses and Owen Wilson seeing dead Parisians. The dresses and jewelry are beyond fancy. The tuxes are bespoke. Sidney...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 3:15 PM
My Academy Awards predictions — and honestly, why not start now, a month before the nominations are announced? — carry an odor akin to Paul Rudd's cologne in "Anchorman": 60 percent of the time, they're right every time.
This week the awards...
| May 18, 2011
| 9:32 PM
Start with Brad Pitt, add Angelina Jolie and a few other famous beauties, then spice it up with a little cinematic controversy and you have the premiere of "Tree of Life" at the Cannes International Film Festival. Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 9:17 AM
Writer-director Terrence Malick ("Badlands," "Days of Heaven") doesn't turn out many movies, so any he does are typically attention-worthy ... and that certainly is the case with this emotionally deep drama.
It boasts a brave performance by Brad Pitt...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 10:00 PM
*1/2 (out of four)
How to summarize a plot when there isn't one? In a nutshell, what you'll see in "The Tree of Life" is two 1950s parents (Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain), their three young sons and one of the boys as an adult (Sean Penn) who barely speaks...