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Broadly speaking, a film festival's programmers can handle news of a new lineup one of two ways: all at once, or nearly; or the drib-drab approach. The Chicago International Film Festival goes for the dribs and drabs. The 48th edition of founder and...
Phil VettelMan, I wish I'd gotten this assignment two years ago. The task of matching Oscar-nominated films to appropriate restaurants is challenge enough, but it's even harder these days, thanks to the Academy's esteem-building decision to expand the number of...
The hypocrisy at the heart of "The Hunger Games" is irresistible. Novelist Suzanne Collins, whose trilogy has been decreed "awesome" by, among others, my 5th grade son, indicts violence and organized brutality as tools of mass-audience manipulation. Yet...
Well, it'll be a while before we get to see the film that was voted best picture of 2012 by the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday: Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," which deals with the hunt for O. bin Laden. It doesn't open in wide circulation...
In 1990 the writer Mark O'Brien contributed an article for the literary magazine The Sun called "On Seeing a Sex Surrogate." A survivor of childhood polio, the substantially disabled O'Brien spent much of his sleeping and waking hours confined to an...
I read Suzanne Collins' addictive, massively popular novel "The Hunger Games" so compulsively that the pages feared my fingers. Any filmmaker would be challenged to similarly create scene after scene that sparks craving for the next. In other words,...
Gold DerbyNow that "Winter's Bone" leads with the most nominations at the Gotham Independent Film Awards (three), its Oscar hopes brighten. But how much? Only three previous Gotham champs were nommed for best picture in the past: "The Hurt Locker," "Capote" and...
Gold DerbyOscar hopes run high now that "Winter's Bone" received three nominations from the Gotham Independent Film Awards. That's the same number as "The Hurt Locker" reaped last year before it romped at the Oscars. "The Hurt Locker" won best picture at both...
Gold DerbyJust days after it led the Gotham Awards with the most nominations, "Winter's Bone" arrived in the mailboxes of Oscar voters on Friday. Several academy members told me that they planned to watch the DVD over the weekend. Here's the breakdown of what...
Pop & HissOne Song is a new Pop & Hiss series in which an overlooked track is given a second look. The indie film âWinter's Boneâ is a fairy tale with a cold wind running through it -- a stark and realistic......
Frankly My Dear - Orlando SentinelA few fun surprises in this morning's Indie Spirit Award nominations. “Greenberg,” Ben Stiller's terrific March turn as an out of sorts fellow who has a sort-of–affair with a lost and lonely young woman, was remembered. Stiller and Greta...
The Morning Fix: Comcast in fight with Level 3! Ryan Seacrest staying on radio. `Winter's Bone' has good night in Gotham.Company TownAfter the coffee. Before deciding which of three events tonight to bail out on. The Skinny: Was that a dog of a Monday Night Football game or what? It's shopping season, but I'm guessing you won't be buying a new......
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