November 25, 2013
Nothing screams "R rating" like a film starring Judi Dench.
Dench’s latest movie, "Philomena," which opens at several theaters in our region on Wednesday, first earned an R rating from the MPAA. Why? Because there are two...
August 23, 2013
No, Ben, say it ain’t so!
I was chagrined, to say the least, when I heard that Ben Affleck had signed on to be the next Batman.
Way to undermine your renewed...
August 20, 2013
Every once in a while, my faith in humanity is restored
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" was expected to bring in around the same amount of money this past weekend as "Kick-Ass 2.
August 12, 2013
Please, Hollywood, enough with the dystopian sci-fi flicks!
This year, we’ve been inundated with action thrillers that are set in an unhappy future — "Pacific Rim," "After...
August 2, 2013
Earlier this year, snarky, envelope-pushing Seth MacFarlane hosted the Academy Awards.
It was just announced that, next year, nice, likeable-to-all Ellen DeGeneres will do the honors.
August 2, 2013
Let’s hear it for the little movies!
Often, a small, umassuming summer film turns into a sleeper hit. "Little Miss Sunshine" is a perfect example. Or "Moonrise...
July 31, 2013
As a professor teaching film at New York University, Spike Lee hands out to students a list of what he considers "the greatest films ever made." He sees these as required viewing for those who want to become directors.
June 20, 2013
In directing his first feature film, "Violet & Daisy," Geoffrey Fletcher gathered an impressive cast of actors — chief among them, James Gandolfini.
In a lot of ways, Gandolfini,...
June 18, 2013
While I was watching "This Is the End," I kept thinking: is it me?
The reviews for this apocalyptic comedy have been out of this world. Critics have raved: It’s laugh out loud!...
May 29, 2013
When I saw Benedict Cumberbatch glower into the camera in "Star Trek Into Darkness" and carefully pronounce his lines in an arch, theatrically overripe British accent, I got giddy. There’s just something about urbane...
May 24, 2013
Sometimes, getting the cover of Vanity Fair is NOT a good thing.
The buzz surrounding Matthew McConaughey’s debut in 1996’s "A Time to Kill" was pretty damned deafening. The...
May 15, 2013
If this whole film-director thing falls through, Baz Luhrmann could have a second career as a party planner.
The wing-dings he helped whip up for his "Great Gatsby" are roiling, riotous amusements.
May 8, 2013
No, kids, "Iron Man 3" is not as good as the original "Iron Man" —but that shouldn’t be much of a surprise. The original of anything is usually better than any sequel.
May 6, 2013
As I watched "The Big Wedding," I thought to myself, "How did all these good actors end up in this half-baked, shtick-filled movie?"
Sometimes, with a bad movie, you sense there might have been a good script...
May 1, 2013
I understand trying to please your audience, but this takes that notion beyond the norm.
The "Iron Man 3" that you’ll see when it’s released here next Friday will be different...
April 26, 2013
I have never been so happy to see Robert Downey Jr. in my life.
Let’s face it, it’s been an underwhelming few months in terms of movie releases.
But next week begins the full summer...
April 5, 2013
Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel made an indelible impression on me with their "At the Movies" debates. They loved movies, and they relished arguing their merits.
Their passion for the art form...
February 25, 2013
Forget the presenter’s dresses. Forget Seth McFarlane’s jokes. The real reason for all the hoopla, after all, is who gets an Academy Award, and the results Sunday night were a nice mix of expected wins and dramatic...
February 11, 2013
It's deja vu all over again. "Argo" just won another best-picture honor.
This time, on Sunday, it was the British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for best film. Oh, and BAFTA gave Ben Affleck...
January 15, 2013
It’s filmdom’s version of that old Mark Twain quote: "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."
Every few years, showbiz pundits declare movie musicals dead.
January 10, 2013
The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards were announced this morning, and here’s how it all shakes out: