As movie years go, 2013 was a very good year. As I looked back over my list of movies and their scores I found I could have made a top 20. That is not the usual case as in past years I have had to scramble to come up with ten films worthy of being called a "top 10."
"Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," Tolstoy observed and he could have been talking about the Weston clan of August: Osage County, when he wrote that line to start Anna Karenina.
Never one to miss a quip, Harvey Weinstein introduced the movie August: Osage County at its Zeigfeld premiere, noting Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts w...
"This is a book about humanity and eating and families and sharing and caring and generosity," says Jesse Ziff Cool, a well-known restauran...
This Turkey Day happens to land on a criminally and perennially underappreciated actor's birthday: Ed Harris. Main course or side dish, first billing or second fiddle, Ed Harris is a truly gifted actor deserving of more recognition. So let's give it to him.
The great AFI Filmfest in Los Angeles is over and as a perennial movie addict and feminist I can't help looking at the crop of new American and international films also from a woman's angle. An 'older' woman's angle that is. What do we get this and next year?
When asked, "What would you want an audience to take away from this film?" Pulitzer prize winning writer, Tracy Letts, responded, "I don't know. I have no idea how to answer that question." That statement of ambiguity justifies the existence of film critics.
Who's ahead in the Best Actress race? Can anyone top Cate Blanchett? We're handicapping the odds.
Generations after generation have been awestruck by her, her beauty, and her immortal public persona. Behind the glitz, glamour and glimmer, there was one woman to whom Marilyn Monroe owed it all: Lois Weber Smith.
Reality TV stars are like the "dollar store" of celebrities. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. I like dollar stores.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family coping with the suicide of clan's patriarch translates well to the screen -- in the sense that I didn't feel like I was watching a recorded play. Though, it's certainly a performance film. So much scenery is chewed between Meryl Streep (as Violet, the bitter mother), Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch, that the title of this movie could have been called August: Bubble Yum. Yet, even with all of those heavy hitters on board, Dermot Mulroney somehow manages to steal every one of his scenes.
Secrets and lies carried the day in most of the five films I saw Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival. But then, aren't the most interesting movies built around them? It's so obvious that Mike Leigh used the idea as the title of one of his finest efforts.
This Saturday marks a milestone for perhaps the finest screen actor of our times. Robert De Niro is turning 70.
The next time your fears and doubts begin to cast a shadow on your talents and rob you of your joy, look within. Tap into your intrinsic worth as a human being. Recognize the gift of the life force within you that flows and creates through you.
This past weekend, The White House hosted Pixar's filmmakers for a Father's Day screening of Monster's University. The White House movie theater has been the cinema-in-chief to Presidents for the last 70 years. If those walls could talk.
New plays by the eminent American playwrights Neil LaBute and John Guare are an event. In Reasons to be Happy at the Lucille Lortel Theater, LaBute, w...