| May 17, 2013
| 4:30 AM
Oscar Wilde is uncharacteristically muffled in "The Selfish Giant," an abstruse contempo interpretation of Wilde's Christian fairy tale, but writer-helmer Clio Barnard's voice comes through loud and clear. A jaggedly moving study of a feral adolescent...
| 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...
| Nov 30, 2011
| 9:37 PM
Shame, starring Michael Fassbender and reviewed well, has been given an NC-17 rating. Will audiences see it?...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 12:22 PM
Is it art or is it porn?
For the first time in more than 15 years, the Grandin Theatre will show a movie rated NC-17.
A NC-17 movie is similiar to the old X rating.
NC-17 means no one under seventeen is admitted, not even with a parent.
The movie in...
| Nov 6, 2011
Madonna may be the most famous name associated with "W.E.," the romantic drama she directed that premiered at the Venice Film Festival in late summer. But the woman everyone could be talking about after the film comes out on Dec. 9 is someone rather...
| Dec 1, 2011
Near the beginning of filmmaker Steve McQueen's granite-toned second feature, "Shame," we witness an urban predator in action. Brandon, a Manhattanite played by Michael Fassbender, eyes a stranger seated across from him on the subway. He stares. She...
| Dec 2, 2011
| 7:39 AM
This is a man who has hit rock bottom, who has been there for an extended period of time, and nobody seems to notice, or care enough, to do anything about it.
By now I'm sure you've heard plenty about "Shame's" NC-17 rating. It's fully earned, mostly...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 6:33 AM
This is shaping up to be one of the biggest roller coasters of an award season in some time.
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) unveiled its nominees for the best in film and television this morning, offering plenty of surprises.
Perhaps the biggest?...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 5:56 AM
The Oscar race isn't getting any easier to predict.
This morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press unveiled their nominees for the best in film and television in 2011. And while this small group of media generally has little influence over the Oscars, it's...