| Oct 18, 2013
| 11:30 AM
9 MILE POINT, La. — Director Steve McQueen was just a few yards from modern civilization — in this case, an air-conditioned sports utility vehicle that had brought him some 45 minutes from New Orleans — but as he looked around a...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 12:44 PM
NEW ORLEANS -- "This movie," director Steve McQueen said, "should have 'Made in New Orleans' stamped on it."
Thanks to Louisiana's generous tax credits, it's a claim that countless films could make.
But "12 Years a Slave," opening next Friday, has a...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 3:35 PM
When a director who never ever blinks takes on a horrific subject, a nightmare in broad daylight is the inevitable result. Welcome, if that is the right word, to the world of "12 Years a Slave."
Based on an 1853 memoir detailing the appalling...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 8:30 PM
A critical digest of the week's latest U.S. theatrical releases.
12 Years a Slave
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Had Steve McQueen not already christened his previous picture thus, "Shame" would have been the perfect one-word title to capture the gut-...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 11:28 AM
This week, "Blue Is the Warmest Color," the sexually explicit lesbian love story that won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, becomes the latest high-profile movie to be released with an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Assn. of America. ...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 7:00 AM
This movie season, Michael Fassbender keeps getting lectured on the ways of the world. By an unlikely teacher.
The German-born, Ireland-raised actor plays cruel plantation owner Epps in the period drama "12 Years a Slave," in which Brad Pitt, as a...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 8:09 AM
Academy Award winner -- and "Girl on Fire" -- Jennifer Lawrence will star in and produce "The Rules of Inheritance," Deadline Hollywood confirms.
The film is an adaptation of Claire Bidwell's Smith 2012 memoir of the same title, about her parents'...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 4:52 PM
"I don't want to survive," Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) says in "12 Years a Slave," the new film from British director Steve McQueen. "I want to live."
Based on a true story of a free man who is abducted from the North and sold into slavery in the...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 12:21 PM
The year 2012 brought exhibitions that were ambitious, unpredictable and sometimes downright messy — but when it comes to art, these are all good things. What's more, all that disheveled enthusiasm wasn't solely confined to the alternative spaces...
| Oct 31, 2012
| 2:57 PM
The celebrated British artist Steve McQueen has made two feature films in the past few years. "Hunger" won the Camera d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival for its vision of Irish Republican Army bomber Bobby Sands, and the hunger strike that ended his...
| Jul 29, 2012
| 12:41 PM
Did a prohibitive NC-17 rating stop moviegoers from seeing "Killer Joe" at theaters this weekend?
Maybe. The film, which stars Matthew McConaughey as a Dallas detective who also kills people for money, debuted in limited release this weekend and...
| Aug 18, 2012
| 8:30 AM
In the late '80s a thunderbolt of inspiration struck Jack Valenti, longtime chief of the Motion Picture Assn. of America: What if his organization got rid of the X rating, besmirched by years of misappropriation by hard-core exploitation films, and...