| Jan 22, 2008
| 2:37 PM
When I took a bleary-eyed glance at the nomination results early yesterday morning, I have to admit that my first reaction was -- is this the Oscars or the Independent Spirit Awards?
Four of the five nominees for best picture are films released by studio...
| 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....
| 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...
| Jan 2, 2008
FROM a distance, Tilda Swinton is a refugee from "The Matrix" or the third member of the Eurythmics in her black trench coat and stylish red bob swept behind her ears. She is tall, slender and commanding as she gracefully strides into L'Ermitage...
| Jan 1, 2008
WHEN was the last time you heard anyone get excited about a new film critic? That was my reaction when "Michael Clayton" director Tony Gilroy began raving to me about the review he'd seen on YouTube. "It was terrific," he said. "I sent it to George...
| Jan 8, 2008
Joel and Ethan Coen made history Tuesday becoming the first sibling directing team to be nominated for a Directors Guild of America award for outstanding directorial achievement in a feature film.
The iconclastic brothers were nominated for their dark...
| Jan 9, 2008
Five of the six nominees for the Directors Guild of America's 2007 honors are earning their first recognition from the DGA.
The only exception to this year's neophyte nomination list is a bit of a technicality. "No Country For Old Men" co-helmer Ethan...
| Jan 10, 2008
Five out of the six Directors Guild of America feature film nominees -- Joel and Ethan Coen, Paul Thomas Anderson, Sean Penn and Tony Gilroy -- were also nominated Thursday for Writers Guild of America awards for their screenplays.
The Coen brothers were...
| Jan 16, 2008
"Atonement," the sweeping romantic epic starring James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, dominated the nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' film awards today.
The adaptation of Ian McEwan's acclaimed novel of redemption was...
| Jan 22, 2008
| 6:58 AM
"Atonement," "Juno," "Michael Clayton," "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" were nominated this morning for the Academy Award for best picture of 2007.
The gripping oil epic "There Will Be Blood" and the gritty contemporary Western, "No...