| Aug 13, 2008
| 3:32 PM
At this point, "escalating-bad-decision story" is practically its own cinematic genre, stretching from the noir films of the 1940s through to modern movies such as "Very Bad Things" or "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead." In escalating-bad-decision...
| Aug 21, 2008
It's a face that shows not just the years, but the miles. And when Ray Eddy quietly weeps in the opening moments of Frozen River, the tears follow aged lines formed by worry, poverty and cigarettes.
Ray, played by Melissa Leo in one of those career-...
| Nov 12, 2008
It pays to be early, or so that was the thinking behind Sony Picture Classics' decision to send out the academy screener of the Sundance hit " Frozen River" back on Sept. 24.
Yes, that was five months before the February 2009 Oscar ceremony, and way...
| Nov 12, 2008
Melissa Leo's perfor- mance in "Frozen River" has been ri- veting audiences and critics since the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, winning the grand jury prize. As a woman driven to smuggle illegal immigrants over the Canadian...
| Jan 25, 2008
AN Israeli man and a Palestinian woman fall in love in Berlin against the backdrop of the 2006 World Cup. A white trailer park mom from upstate New York teams with a Mohawk nation woman to smuggle illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants into the U.S. A...
| Jan 26, 2008
At the Sundance Film Festival, 2008 became a banner year for large bodies of water as "Frozen River" took the grand jury prize for drama and "Trouble the Water" walked off with the top documentary award at the fest's closing night ceremonies Saturday at...
| Oct 20, 2009
| 4:15 PM
Though the former NBC drama has been released in its entirety on DVD before, its reissue in a 35-disc "mega-set" is well worth noting.
Inspired by a nonfiction book by David Simon, the much-honored drama from producers Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana...
| Dec 3, 2009
"Relief" is the word for it. It's a relief to see Robert De Niro giving an honest, effective starring performance in a project that does not stink and that, in fact, rises to a respectable level of filmmaking proficiency. How long has it been?...
| Feb 22, 2009
" The Wrestler," the poignant drama about an aging grappler who refuses to give up the ring, pinned its competition Saturday afternoon at Film Independent's Spirit Awards, winning honors for best feature, best male lead for star Mickey Rourke, and best...
| Feb 23, 2009
An extraordinary and much-loved actress, Kate Winslet is disarming, delightful, decent in a world saturated by excessively annoying egos. So many richly attenuated performances from that increasingly rare creature who treats acting as craft as much as...
| Mar 24, 2009
| 12:56 PM
Mark Duplass is sort of the indie film answer to Jack Black, Jason Segel or Seann William Scott. Over 30 and at his best playing guys who refuse to grow up, the former Puffy Chair star is right at home in True Adolescents, a hit-or-miss Craig Johnson...