| Jan 30, 2014
| 10:03 AM
As in years past, the 2014 Academy Award nominations have proven controversial, featuring several notable snubs and surprises.
Snub: Inside Llewyn Davis was completely left out in all of the acting categories, despite the critically acclaimed...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 9:09 AM
Last year closed with several strong candidates for Best Picture. It's hard to narrow them down to a 10-best list, but these are my picks without ranking them in order.
This was a hallmark year with three major films focused on the African American...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 6:22 AM
Philip Seymour Hoffman was always one of my favorites. It always seemed to me that he didn't make bad movies, and I've always attributed that to a belief that Hoffman's talent elevated everyone around him.
Like a lot of appreciators of film, upon...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Lars von Trier's new film "Nymphomaniac: Volume I" is the story of a young woman who tries to work through her parental issues by having as much sex as possible. And that's quite a bit of sex indeed, the majority of it dispassionate and squalid. It is...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 3:02 PM
Todo o nada. Esa parecía la máxima de Philip Seymour Hoffman a la hora de actuar, sin opción para medias tintas. Intérprete comprometido y valiente, brillaba igual en papeles pequeños que en grandes, a los que le costó llegar, y no tuvo reparos en aceptar...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Because there were so many strong acting contenders, campaign frenzy has been unprecedented, with strategists piling on Q&A screenings and "in honor of" parties on 24-hour notice. One actor confided to Variety he'd done more than 200 Q&As. Sometimes...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 1:44 PM
The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in an apparent drug overdose Sunday leaves behind a diverse and impressive body of work cut tragically short. From his pornographer turn in "Boogie Nights" to his Oscar-decorated turn as Truman Capote to his...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 2:55 PM
If you haven't yet caught the captivating "Her," consider fitting it in before the Academy Awards show March 2. This novel film from writer-director Spike Jonze is deservedly one of the best picture nominees.
Though its star, Joaquin Phoenix, didn't get...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 2:30 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Philip Seymour Hoffman's private funeral was held in Manhattan on Friday, with stars Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams and Ellen Burstyn paying their respects to an actor widely considered among the best...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Dinner and a movie.
Yes, I realize it represents a profound failure of imagination, but this was the date I had proposed to my wife for Valentine's Day next week. But sometimes life's obligations (not to mention two kids) limit your options for an...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"I AM not Famous Anymore!"
Actor Shia LaBeouf wore a paper bag on his head with the above written on it. He was at the Berlin premiere of his latest film, the sexual epic "Nymphomaniac." This is the latest in a series of odd, Joaquin Phoenix-like stunts,...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Out of 75 entries for this year's original song nominations, the music branch chose five. And then the Board of Governors narrowed the field to four when it disqualified "Alone Yet Not Alone" for running afoul of campaigning rules.