| Dec 23, 2008
| 11:44 AM
Can a formidable actress redeem a pile of solemn erotic kitsch? Kate Winslet answers that one as honestly as she can in the film version of Bernhard Schlink's 1995 novel "The Reader," the tale of a 15-year-old West German boy who, in 1958, embarks on an...
| Dec 26, 2008
Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize-winning British playwright who addressed the isolation, fear and brutality of life in an original style that changed the face of 20th century theater, has died. He was 78.
Pinter, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for...
| Jan 22, 2009
| 6:09 AM
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a fable about a man who ages in reverse, dominated the 81st annual Academy Award nominations this morning, earning 13 nods, including best film, best actor for Brad Pitt and best director for David Fincher.
| Jan 22, 2009
Golden Globes favorites fared well at the 2009 Academy Awards nominations: Kate Winslet, who won two Globes, was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. " Slumdog Millionaire," the Globes' darling, got the nod for two major awards (Best Picture and Best...
| Jan 23, 2009
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has forced the cruelest result upon Kate Winslet, nominating her for best actress for her indelible performance as a onetime concentration camp guard in "The Reader" but skipping over her other acclaimed...
| Jan 23, 2009
They are now the leading contenders for the top Academy Award -- and although "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" could hardly be more different in plot, style, spirit and budget, they epitomize the increasingly perilous path...
| Jan 28, 2009
Joyful, choreographed dance numbers staged in crumbling Mumbai train stations are not how most American films end. Yet when just such a scene crops up in " Slumdog Millionaire," the moment is perfectly apt.
Sure, it's a Bollywood-meets-Hollywood ending,...
| Oct 16, 2008
| 7:01 AM
Unlike its subject, "W." can't win. At this point in the current administration, I doubt even Oliver Stone wants to see an Oliver Stone film about the life and exceptional good luck enjoyed (and squandered, if you agree with the filmmaker and his...
| May 4, 2008
10 Bad Dates With De Niro
A Book of Alternative Movie Lists
Edited by Richard T. Kelly
Overlook/Rookery: 460 pp., $29.95
Movie geeks are list-making animals. It begins with the frenzied -- and nonsensical -- annual compilation of "10 best lists" (as...
| May 2, 2008
Fox 2000 is developing a biopic of British chanteuse Dusty Springfield to be produced by and star Nicole Kidman.
The project will reunite Kidman with Michael Cunningham, whose book "The Hours" (adapted by David Hare) became a vehicle for Kidman's Oscar-...
| Dec 7, 2007
"Atonement" begins on a sweltering 1935 summer day, on the grounds of an English country house buckling, imperceptibly, under the weight of forbidden fruit.
The atmosphere of elegant rot suffusing director Joe Wright's film, a beautiful follow-up to...
| Nov 29, 2009
One of our most endearing qualities as a species is how thoroughly we examine a man-made disaster after it happens, as if understanding one crisis could, despite all evidence to the contrary, ward off the next one.
To help us comprehend our current...