| May 4, 2007
THE tale of a superhero, a '70s drug dealer, or a plot to destroy the world it's not.
Alice Munro's "The Bear Came Over the Mountain," which isn't really about a bear and does not feature a mountain, is the story of an elderly couple — a once-...
| Sep 5, 2009
Keith Waterhouse, a British writer, raconteur and wit whose works include the enduringly popular novel "Billy Liar," died in his sleep early Friday at his London home, his family said. He was 80.
Waterhouse had his first major success in 1959 with "Billy...
| Feb 1, 2009
Try to Tell the Story
Alfred A. Knopf: 214 pp., $23.95
"One thing about that lad," David Thomson's grandmother once announced, "you can always take him to see a picture. Then he's happy for a couple of hours." The young Thomson,...
| Mar 31, 2009
From the mystical overtones of "Ghost" to the primitive sounds of "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," to the Russian balalaikas in "Doctor Zhivago," composer Maurice Jarre always seemed to find the right signature for every film he scored. And unlike so many of...
| Feb 4, 2008
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There was muted glamour and subtle cheer at Monday's Oscar nominee luncheon. The otherwise official tone of the affair -- underscored with weapons detectors and a very involved credentialing process -- was lightened by the small things: Julie Christie's...
| Feb 5, 2008
THE Oscar nominees' luncheon -- a long-held tradition at the Beverly Hilton Hotel that usually kicks off the giddy weeks before the televised ceremony -- couldn't quite shake the long shadow cast by the 13-week writers strike, despite news that a...
| Feb 20, 2008
This weekend, Fidel Castro will step down as president of Cuba, defying expectations that only death would part him from the role. The Times has been on the death watch, and before that, on the re-revolution watch, since way back in 1960. Below,...
| May 18, 2008
SHE WAS Boone's girl Katy in "Animal House," and this was enough to cement her in the collective conscience of a certain kind of male. This male was 13 when the National Lampoon comedy was released, in 1978; what he has retained in his mind's eye about...
| Dec 10, 2007
Shaping up as an early critical award season favorite, the Coen Brothers' "No Country For Old Men" was named best picture of the year by reviewers in Washington and Boston.
The Washington and Boston critics overlapped in several key categories beyond...
| Dec 10, 2007
Joel and Ethan Coen's "No Country for Old Men" received best picture honors today from the New York Film Critics Circle.
The gritty film noir based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy dominated the critics' picks, winning a total of four awards. Besides best...
| Dec 11, 2007
With critics groups chiming in from New York, L.A., Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., this week, a predictable pattern is emerging.
The nation's top movie reviewers are in a pessimistic mood, splitting their best picture prizes, so far, between...
| Dec 11, 2007
The New York Film Critics Circle has joined the chorus of praise for the Coen Brothers' "No Country For Old Men."
It may be early in the critical kudos season (the Southwest Louisiana Critics Association has yet to be heard from), but "No Country For Old...