| Feb 7, 2008
"Oh my God, this is a disaster. Now what are we going to do?" lamented one studio publicist handling a bunch of nominees and potential winners.
No, he wasn't talking about the WGA strike or the Super Tuesday primary results.
It was the just-announced...
| Feb 17, 2008
THE six nominees for this year's best director Academy Award have made a total of 23 feature films. To put that meager number into perspective, consider this: "The Departed," which finally won Martin Scorsese his directing Oscar last year (on his sixth...
| Feb 18, 2008
It's not every actor who reaches his late 40s, decides to reinvent himself as a movie star and . . . succeeds.
Up until the late 1990s, the now 59-year-old Tom Wilkinson had, by his own measure, a comfortable life in the English theater, churning out...
| Feb 20, 2008
Character is destiny. Score one for Heraclitus, whose succinct aphorism seems especially apt in describing screenwriters' path to the Oscars this year.
While taut plotting and visual ingenuity were certainly in abundance in this year's crop of...
| Feb 22, 2008
Still need to fill out that ballot for your office Oscar pool? Not sure who will take home the trophy Sunday night? Well, look no further. Here are Times critics Kenneth Turan's and Carina Chocano's Academy Award predictions -- plus a look at...
| Feb 25, 2008
IT used to be that violence, even more than comedy, was the kiss of death for Oscar movies. Then came blood-saturated films like "Crash" and "The Departed," which overturned some of those rules.
But perhaps no movie exemplifies how the Oscars have...
| Apr 17, 2009
As dense as a Watergate era newspaper and as immediate as a blog, State of Play is an absolutely riveting state-of-the-art "big conspiracy" thriller. It's an often brilliant collision of political scandal, murder, a privatizing military and the rapidly...
| Apr 17, 2009
Like Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic," "State of Play" compresses a British television miniseries into a stand-alone American thriller and does a pretty good job of it. It's best to see the remake first and catch up with the 2003 BBC miniseries afterward....
| Apr 16, 2009
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
(The Last King of Scotland, One Day in September)
Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy
(Lions for Lambs, Michael Clayton)
(Body of Lies, The Insider)
| May 26, 2008
| 6:08 PM
Sydney Pollack, the Academy Award-winning director of "Out of Africa" who achieved acclaim making popular, mainstream movies with A-list stars, including "The Way We Were" and "Tootsie," died Monday. He was 73. Pollack, who also was a producer and actor,...
| Nov 30, 2007
Russell Crowe is in final negotiations to replace Brad Pitt in Universal's "State of Play."
Should Crowe sign on for the project, as The Hollywood Reporter is saying, it would save the adaptation of the British miniseries from a demise that seemed...
| Dec 11, 2007
Directed by Doug Liman, "The Bourne Identity" was a spiffy little summer action movie, carried by brisk car stunts and a confident performance by Matt Damon. Paul Greengrass took over "The Bourne Supremacy" and ratcheted up the tension to stomach-churning...