| May 30, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Despite its lofty subject matter and press-averse director, "The Tree of Life" found success at the box office this weekend. The movie from reclusive filmmaker Terrence Malick opened in four theaters and collected a strong $488,920 over four days,...
| Jun 26, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Woody Allen has his biggest hit in a quarter-century. Now the question is how much further it can go. "Midnight in Paris" has in the last week surpassed all of the 75-year-old filmmaker's releases since 1986 at the box office,......
| Jul 7, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Almost anybody with enough money and marketing muscle can get millions of wide-eyed fanboys to see a $150-million comic book superhero movie. But if you want to earn some real respect from your peers in the movie-marketing trade, you have......
| Aug 16, 2011
| 3:39 PM
"Paris Was Ours: Thirty-Two Writers Reflect on the City of Light" Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $15.95
In the introduction, editor Penelope Rowlands recalls when she and her then-boyfriend first arrived in Paris. It took a while for the then-20-year-...
| May 25, 2011
| 10:00 PM
*** (out of four)
Oh, the glorious bistros and baguettes and architecture of Paris! Hollywood screenwriter-turned-novelist Gil (Owen Wilson) could just live there. His increasingly snippy fiancé, Inez (Rachel McAdams), not so much. Luckily every night at...
| May 27, 2011
| 12:06 PM
Most actors would kill for an opportunity to appear in a Woody Allen film. Rachel McAdams was no different, gladly accepting when he offered her a part in “Midnight in Paris.”
Then the eccentric filmmaker called to talk to her about the role,...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 7:19 PM
The Dreamworks studio builds well on successful elements of the first movie of this franchise to make "Kung Fu Panda 2" a very worthy sequel. But it's the new director, Jennifer Yuh, who skillfully blends the fast-paced action with family-friendly...
| 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...
| Feb 27, 2012
| 7:08 AM
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- The silent, black-and-white film "The Artist" took top honors at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, garnering five Oscars for best picture, best directing, best costume design, best original music score and best actor.
| Feb 26, 2012
| 3:27 PM
After the curtain rises on Sunday's Oscars, producers hope a few surprise winners and heartfelt acceptance speeches will spice up the program in which silent movie "The Artist" is widely seen as the choice for best movie.
The world's top film honors...
| Feb 26, 2012
| 5:25 PM
The big night is finally here.
Billy Crystal is set to take the stage and host the 84th Annual Academy Awards!
As the winners come in, I'll be posting them here with some brief commentary. Don't forget to follow my live updates on Twitter and Facebook!...