| May 31, 2014
| 9:11 AM
A book with the title of "Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film" may seem straightforward enough. But to me that title raises all kinds of questions. Why such a book? Why 54 films, and what criteria were used to select them? And...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 8:30 AM
The foreign-language film field for the 2014 Academy Awards is an uncommonly strong one, incorporating the luscious fever dream "The Grand Beauty" (Italy), the heartbreaking family drama "Ilo Ilo" (Philippines) and "Gris Gris" (Chad), the story of a man...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Warner Bros. caused a seismic sensation Oct. 6, 1927, when the studio premiered "The Jazz Singer," the first feature that included sound using synchronized dialogue sequences. But while the Al Jolson drama proved to be the death knell of silent movies,...