| Feb 21, 2009
In a rags-to-riches story that only Hollywood could write, "Slumdog Millionaire" won best picture -- and seven other Academy Awards on Sunday night at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.
Not bad for a movie that was almost a straight-to-DVD release.
| Jan 4, 2009
An animated Israeli film that's taken on unexpected timeliness in recent days won the top award Saturday from U.S. film critics.
"Waltz With Bashir," Ari Folman's animated documentary chronicling his coming to terms with repressed memories of his...
| Feb 8, 2009
What a difference a year makes. The Writers Guild of America gathered in pure celebration Saturday night to hand out its top awards -- with key feature prizes going to the critical darling "Slumdog Millionaire" and the biographical drama "Milk." The scene...
| Jan 8, 2009
“I’ve Loved You So Long” is the kind of acclaimed foreign-language movie that should do solid business in unprovincial locations such as New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Nashville and St. Louis. Ten weeks after Sony Pictures Classics first...
| Feb 23, 2009
The little-seen Japanese film "Departures," directed by Yojiro Takita, tells the story of a failed cellist (Masahiro Motoki) who finds a new lease on life when he accepts a job in the mortuary business.
Taking the stage with a...
| Jan 14, 2009
Palm Springs is probably the only place cinephiles can take in 16 French movies in two weeks and watch a roadrunner scuttle alongside the base of a snow-capped mountain.
"It's different here," quipped director Francis Veber, as he relaxed in a wicker...
| Feb 24, 2009
Here's a modest proposal: Next year, let's ignore the Oscars. I'm not talking about the winners or the show itself, but I sure could do without the obsessive buildup to the event that devours everything in its path. Let's let the Oscars sneak up on us...
| Jan 23, 2009
The five foreign-language film nominees are an eclectic group that includes the first animated movie to compete in the category. Israel's "Waltz With Bashir," which won a Golden Globe, centers on filmmaker Ari Folman's coming to terms with his experiences...
| Sep 4, 2008
ARI FOLMAN'S "Waltz With Bashir," which screens tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival, straddles many boundaries: between memory and dream, history and memoir, fact and fiction. Using animation to shift fluidly between frames, the movie...
| May 25, 2008
What a difference 21 years makes.
In 1987, the last time a French film won the Palme d'Or, the audience at the Palais du Festival was so angry at the choice of "Under the Sun of Satan" that it hooted furiously and the director, Maurice Pialat, yelled...
| Feb 1, 2009
The Directors Guild of America named Danny Boyle the best director of 2008 for "Slumdog Millionaire" on Saturday night.
It's the first guild win for the 52-year-old British director. Boyle has won critics' groups honors, as well as the Golden Globe,...
| Jun 19, 2009
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One of last year's most-discussed foreign films, this Oscar nominee details through extensive animation the experiences of the film's writer-director, Ari Folman, a former Israeli soldier who was privy to a massacre following the death of Lebanon's...