| Feb 26, 2012
| 8:58 PM
Hollywood got it right on Sunday, as Adam Sandler picked up a record 11 Razzie nominations. Congratulations, Adam, you deserve it!
Oh, right, the Oscars. As expected, "The Artist," the best picture nominated for best picture, took home the top prize at...
| Feb 27, 2012
History was made at the 84th annual Academy Awards last night when, for the first time in 83 years, a silent film took home the prize for 'Best Picture'.'The Artist' triumphed over its hard-hitting contenders 'The Descendants,''The Help,' 'Moneyball,'...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 8:44 PM
I couldn't help myself on Oscar night.
The spectacle of Hollywood congratulating itself for another year of films tilting toward the lackluster tends to nauseate me. Whenever Tinseltown's big night swings around, I reach for the remote to turn off the...
| Mar 3, 2012
| 8:00 PM
In Hollywood, any success brings a lot of imitators. So we can imagine this scene taking place right now at one of the big movie studios:
The studio head summons his top flunky into his office. "Flunky," the studio head says, "suspend all our current...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 5:10 PM
Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" — one of last year's best films — hits home video, straight off its ups and downs at the Oscars: five wins out of 11 nominations isn't anything to complain about, except the other six included all the biggest...
| Mar 22, 2012
| 9:39 PM
Life has a way of coming around full circle.
Switching on the car radio as I drove in the St. Patrick's Day rain, I overheard an NPR report about a newly restored "Napoleon," the 1927 silent film masterpiece by French filmmaker Abel Gance, which was...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 8:42 PM
Nine films were nominated for Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards, but I think only my top three picks below have a real chance of winning. They're included here with some other movies that I think also deserved recognition:
1. "The Artist"—...
| Feb 19, 2012
| 8:50 PM
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences paid homage this year to the early days of cinema by bestowing the lion's share of Oscar nominations on two films that are valentines to the early days of cinema. "Hugo," Martin Scorsese's heartfelt love...
| Jun 6, 2012
| 7:15 AM
Jon Favreau has emerged as the lead candidate to direct the planned movie version of the Tony Award-winning jukebox musical "Jersey Boys," according to a report this week in Variety.
Favreau may seem like a strange choice for the job judging from his...
| Nov 22, 2011
*** (out of four)
“Hey, kids! Wouldn’t you love to see a movie that touches on the early days of filmmaking? You might learn about how frames are spliced together to create an illusion on screen! And there’s lots of steam coming out...
| Nov 25, 2011
| 2:14 PM
Martin Scorsese is not the first name that pops to mind when you say “family entertainment.” But he is a great director, and his new “Hugo” proves that his reach extends beyond hard-edged urban films (“Taxi Driver,”...
| Dec 1, 2011
| 7:30 PM
The phrase "family film" has never appeared in the same sentence with Martin Scorsese. But the R-rated master has made a spectacular PG-rated movie full of wonder and imagination. "Hugo" offers equal parts nostalgia, fantasy and mystery with Charles...