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Tuesday, January 11 2011

The Best Films of 2010

Among this year's winners include a fake documentary, a comedy about Jihad, a vampire story NOT dealing with tacky tween romance, a haunting hillbilly noir, and an elegant tale about clones. Not necessarily the usual cinematic suspects.


Tuesday, January 4 2011

The Best Female Film Performances of 2010

The ladies really lit up the big screen, delivering the kind of brilliant acting work that makes picking a mere 20 that much more difficult, let alone unearthing a clear number one.


Wednesday, September 1 2010

Part Four: December 2010

This is it... the last push towards end-of-year accolades, with Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell, Julian Schnabel and the Coen Brothers all looking for that elusive critic's choice seal of approval.


Columns

Wednesday, March 7 2012

Identity and Desire: The Search for Emotional Realism in Cinema

The manifestation of jealousy and desire is subtle. It develops over time, and if set off, the act of aggression may just as likely be one of attachment and ardor.


Reviews

Thursday, March 31 2011

'Black Swan' Entangles a Director's Obsession and an Actor's Commitment

It's Darren Aronofsky's seriousness that makes Black Swan work as horror (and camp, for that matter, if that's your bag).


Thursday, December 2 2010

'Black Swan': Give Me More of That Bite

As much as Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is about art and artists, greed and gifts, it is also about costs.


Blogs

Tuesday, January 25 2011

Finally Getting It? The 2011 Oscar Nominations

The 2011 Oscar Nominations, with indications that, for once, the Academy might have figured out what truly was/is the Year's Best.


Monday, December 6 2010

Critical Confessions: Part 24 - Awards Season Workhorse

Coming up with a Top Ten is difficult enough...but because of such arguably unimportant factors as timing, publicity, legitimacy, and that always persnickety concept of being first out of the online gate, my fellow film writers are constantly pushing for earlier and earlier reveals.


Sunday, December 5 2010

'Black Swan': Beauty and the Untapped Beast

Black Swan is beguiling and seductive, using recognizability and the known realities of a life in service of art and moving way beyond the easier explanations.


Thursday, September 16 2010

Critical Confessions: Part 23 - Venice Envy

Sure, if you factor in all the NY to LA releases, as well as those things planned by just not panning out, the odds of seeing something good definitely increase. But when zombies, wolves, and owls are your big beginning-of-Fall selling points, the prospects are rather grim.


News

Wednesday, February 23 2011

Quality films prove profitable

LOS ANGELES — For years, everybody has had a field day taking potshots at the Academy Awards, saying that the Oscar-nominated movies had no mojo with


Tuesday, January 18 2011

From ugly duckling to 'Black Swan'

It was just before 10 p.m. on a Wednesday night in Los Feliz, and the assorted filmgoers gathered to see "Black Swan" sounded as if


Wednesday, January 5 2011

'Black Swan,' 'The Fighter,' 'Inception' and 'Social Network' garner WGA noms

LOS ANGELES — A few surprises made their way into the Writers Guild of America awards nominations Tuesday morning, which included nods for a surreal film


Friday, December 10 2010

ABT principals know the dance for 'Black Swan' well

LOS ANGELES — "Black Swan," the new psychosexual thriller set in the world of ballet, follows the downward emotional spiral of a young dancer whose inability


Tuesday, November 30 2010

'Black Swan' put Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis' friendship to the test

LOS ANGELES — After pirouetting for hours on the set of "Black Swan," Natalie Portman would sometimes remove her pointe shoes, towel the sweat off of


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