| Feb 15, 2013
| 9:39 AM
A modest proposal: Movies exploring some aspect of American history, such as “Argo,” “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” should leave off the “based on a true story” or “inspired by true events”...
| Jan 27, 2013
| 10:30 PM
The swing of the awards season pendulum that now favors "Argo" is dramatic -- but don't rule out the possibility of another switcheroo come the Oscars. With Producers Guild feature film and Screen Actors Guild ensemble awards Saturday and Sunday, the...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 7:00 AM
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Kathryn Bigelow famously became the first woman to win an Academy Award for directing for her 2009 Iraq war drama, “The Hurt Locker.”
Last night, the Tony Awards doubled down on that, handing out its top...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 9:27 PM
Zero Dark Thirty
Everyone knows how "Zero Dark Thirty" ends: with the killing of Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani compound by SEAL Team Six.
But it’s how it begins — with the hauntingly effective use of the voices of the...
| Jan 10, 2013
As always, this morning’s Oscar nominations created a roller coaster of emotion. Shock! Relief! Fury! I should not get so worked up about this.
Really, though, the nods for the 2013 Academy Awards had a few more big surprises than usual—or...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 5:38 PM
Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") has masterfully directed action and actors in "Zero Dark Thirty," a slow-burning re-creation of the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Like a crime thriller, the story takes us through unsettling...
| Jan 14, 2013
| 4:52 PM
The only useful quote regarding the Academy Awards is from NYT critic Manohla Dargis who said, “Let’s acknowledge that the Oscars are bullshit and we hate them.”
Nevertheless, this year should probably go down as a pre-eminent...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 10:22 PM
It should come as no surprise that every character in a movie with a title like this is either rotten to the core, or a liar, or a schemer, or the bearer of seriously damaging secrets. What is surprising is that these...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Justin Chang: A masterful year at the movies
Have you made your top-10 list yet? It's that time of the year when everyone from critics to casual Facebook acquaintances reorders the cinematic output of the past 12 months according to his or her taste,...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Zero Dark Thirty
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
"You can help yourself by being truthful." "Partial information will be treated as a lie." The CIA interrogators in the stunning new film Zero Dark Thirty keep coming back to these refrains as they do...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 6:57 AM
To consider what director Kathryn Bigelow has accomplished in "Zero Dark Thirty," imagine the events depicted by the story if they'd been given the "Argo" treatment.
Not to take anything away from that rousing true (-ish) story of hostages freed and...
| Jan 4, 2013
You know the beginning and you know the end, but it's the way director Kathryn Bigelow tells the middle in her riveting movie "Zero Dark Thirty" that amazed me.
I hope you see it. I'm going to see it again. It should win all the awards, for directing,...