| Jun 18, 2013
| 10:30 AM
MADRID -- Two of Spain's most powerful film companies, Spain's Apaches Entertainment and Telecinco Cinema, the film arm of Mediaset Espana, won the 2013 Fapae-Rentrak Prize for Juan Antonio Bayona's "The Impossible," starring Naomi Watts and Ewan...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 4:32 AM
The Impossible is based on the true story of a Spanish family of five, the Alvarez Belons, who faced one of the worst disasters in recent history, the tsunami that struck the western coast of Thailand on Dec. 26, 2004. In the movie, the family is English,...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 1:19 PM
Naomi Watts gives a wrenching, appropriately Oscar-nominated performance in this fact-inspired drama about a vacationing family separated by the tsunami that devastated Thailand in 2004.
Watts plays the mother fiercely trying to protect one of her...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 10:21 PM
Based on the true story of a family swept away by the deadly 2004 tsunami that pummeled Southeast Asia, "The Impossible" is about as subtle as a wall of water.
The depiction of the natural disaster itself, which killed 230,000 people, is visceral and...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 1:00 PM
Naomi Watts has played real women before: outed CIA agent Valerie Plame in "Fair Game," the mother Maria from the tsunami tragedy film "The Impossible." But none have been more visible than her role as Princess Diana in the upcoming movie "Diana" from...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 7:48 AM
LOS ANGELES -- "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star Quvenzhane Wallis is an actress of talent, poise and maturity well beyond her years.
She was only 5 years old when she auditioned and 6 when she played the part of Hushpuppy, a little girl of fierce...
| Feb 24, 2013
The Academy Awards bring out the critic in everyone. It starts when the nominations are announced — "Whaddya mean, Ben Affleck wasn't nominated?" — and lasts long after Oscar night. That annual ritual takes place Sunday night and will be...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 7:00 AM
A flurry of ceremonies over the last 2 1/2 weeks -- the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild prizes and the Screen Actors Guild awards -- has separated pretender from contender in Hollywood's 2012-13 awards season.
According to the L.A. Times HeatMeter,...
| Jan 19, 2013
| 7:22 AM
Chances are most people won't ever have the chance to hold an Oscar statue, but one Herald-Mail reader will want to get his or her acceptance speech ready on Sunday, Feb. 24.
That's when he or she correctly identifies the most winners in the 10...
| 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 11, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Last month after a screening, even as the lights came up in the theater, I could feel "Zero Dark Thirty" fading, its images and impact already softening in my head. No, no, wait: not fading — mingling. If our cultural experiences rub shoulders at...