This week we begin our annual look at the movies likely to compete for best picture at the Oscars, as well as the actors who might take home a statue. Studios use the award season as low-cost publicity, so this series also serves as a winter preview since some of these films will hopefully make it to area theaters over the next month or two.
Fans of crime writer Lee Child (pen name of Jim Grant) were livid when they heard Tom Cruise would be cast as Jack Reacher in the movie adaptation, and rightly so.
Quentin Tarantino. The name inspires a wild mixture of reactions.
Confession is good for the soul, so here goes. I do not like the musical "Les Misérables."
"This Is 40" is among the worst movies bearing the name of writer/director Judd Apatow. And that is really saying something.
"The Impossible" doesn't exactly pull off the impossible (a pun which many reviewers will surely use), but it is an astonishing piece of work.
With the arrival of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," another epic adventure begins.
"Hyde Park on Hudson" might be the strangest movie I recommend all year.
"Anna Karenina" is nearly a great film.
I'm the kind of person for whom the phrase "feel-good movie" is a negative term. I like to feel good, and I especially like to feel good by the time a movie's end credits roll.
"Smashed" is an example of many things I love about independent film.
"Wreck-It Ralph" demolished my defenses. I went into this movie with the same mixture of skepticism and hope with which I approach everything I review, but by the end I was pummeled into happy submission. I became a fan, just sitting there loving a movie.
The James Bond movie franchise is now 50 years old - a birthday featured prominently in the film's promotional materials, yet "Skyfall" injects the character and the franchise with renewed attitude and purpose.
In 1916, D.W. Griffith followed up his racist yet massively successful film "Birth of a Nation" with "Intolerance," a 3«-hour long epic consisting of four separate stories, each set in a different time and place: ancient Babylon, the time of Christ, France in 1572 and contemporary America.
Writer-director Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths" reminded me of the old quote from Euripides: "Cleverness is not wisdom."
His name is Jim White. He's a coach. But that last name is all the students - his prospective athletes - need to know at McFarland High School.
With the 2015 Academy Awards falling only eight days after Valentine's Day, it is a great time to revisit one of the best romantic films from early Hollywood.
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