Sunday, January 27 2013
From popcorn perfection to animation experimentation, foreign finesse and good old Hollywood hokum, 2012 delivered the shiny cinematic goods and then some. Here are our choices for the titles that took on the challenge, and won.
Tuesday, January 8 2013
From diabolical tech terrorism to brutal slave ownership, the actors that make up this year's best traversed a wide canvas of creative and cinematic choices.
Tuesday, January 5 2010
Some in the media would have you think it was a sparse year for women on the silver screen. One peak at this amazing list of 20 girl power performances will have you giving said sentiments a specious second look.
Monday, April 27 2009
This month's "original" fare offers a take on a Sid and Marty Krofft classic, more battling seizure robots, and the retaking of '70s subway thriller. Everything old is new again.
Tuesday, January 13 2009
Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.
Sunday, November 11 2012
Sam Mendes’ virtuoso control behind the camera mesmerizes and hypnotizes, his depiction of Depression-era America a stasis of tragedy, each death inevitable but slow to ferment.
Thursday, October 4 2012
While the James Bond film franchise remains one of the most acclaimed, successful, recognizable and marketable movie series in history, there was a time when the mighty Mister Bond had some stiff competition at the box office: himself.
Wednesday, November 7 2012
James Bond looks broken and weary, an embodiment of a traditional model of international spydom, the one premised on national borders, white-Western-wealthy entitlements, and excessive consumptions of alcohol, cars, and women.
Wednesday, September 22 2010
Despite the critical success of American Beauty, it turned out that Sam Mendes was not a wild, idiosyncratic, long-take visionary like P.T. Anderson or Spike Jonze, but rather a strong studio craftsman.
Thursday, August 5 2010
Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition is a somber and elegiac period piece set in Depression-era Illinois, with a tragic narrative framed around father and son relationships.
Sunday, September 27 2009
Another movie about and/or aimed at educated, self-aware 20-and-30-somethings, a certain portion of which, of course, hate nothing more than a movie trying to entertain them or depict them in any way.
Friday, June 12 2009
Away We Go is breezy and summer-appropriate -- but its central couple still has problems.
Friday, November 16 2012
Sam Mendes’ tough, relationship-focused Bond film is really about leadership in extremis, with towering and isolated icons fighting tooth-and-nail to keep society together amidst the growing chaos of modernity.
Friday, November 9 2012
(Skyfall is) a combination of the old and the new, the predictable and the completely unexpected.
Thursday, June 25 2009
Up until this point, they had avoided responsibility. They lived like nomads, sequestered from family and friends while indulging in their own insular (and happy)
Thursday, June 4 2009
A finely pedigreed comic road film that, when all is said and done, is too finely-tooled for the NPR set to have much life left in it.
Wednesday, December 24 2008
As long as they had Paris, they had hope. Actually, as frustrated suburban housewife April Wheeler would later reveal, it didn't have to be the
Friday, July 12 2013
LOS ANGELES — After months of in-and-out reports on the new James Bond film, “Skyfall” director Sam Mendes is heading back to MI6. Sony Pictures and
Wednesday, February 11 2009
Kate Winslet always was going to land a best actress Oscar nomination this year. That was understood. Otherwise, Vanity Fair wouldn't have put her on
Thursday, January 22 2009
"There were no movie stars on that set," actor Michael Shannon said Monday of his latest film, "Revolutionary Road." Celebrity chroniclers and film fans might
Thursday, December 25 2008
NEW YORK - In "Revolutionary Road," Leonardo DiCaprio does not play a CIA agent, a reclusive multimillionaire or a South African diamond smuggler. Instead, he