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From Jesus to Hollywood: Author Jay Parini

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Perhaps you know his name from his book Jesus: The Human Face of God, or perhaps you know him as author of The Last Station, which was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film.

9 Top Movies to Put You in That Autumn Mood

John Farr | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Filmmakers can't resist all that color or the movement of falling leaves, with deep nostalgia swiftly evoked in a few frames of swirling red and gold. Regardless of plot, cast or dialogue, the unsung hero of the autumnal movie is the cinematographer.

Can Better, Smarter Movies Make Better, Smarter Children?

John Farr | Posted 08.19.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Here's a bold statement: Giving your children the chance to watch classic films can be just as vital as anything they learn in school.

5 Movies You Must See Before Going to Australia

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.09.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Can koalas be kept as pets? Films poke fun at these false stereotypes of Australian living, and they also paint more realistic pictures of life on the world's largest island. We chewed through the best Australian flicks and picked five to watch before you hop down to the Sunburnt Country.

FACT: 1993 Was The Best Year For Movies

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 03.24.2014 | Entertainment

People like to argue about which year was the best year for the film industry. What most of these people don't realize is that unless they've been arg...

4 Ways to Love Movies As Much As Children Do

Troy Campbell | Posted 05.19.2014 | Entertainment
Troy Campbell

3) Kids are encouraged to be excited about movies. So as an adult you need to find friends that encourage that same excitement.

The Truth About Shirley Temple's "Wizard of Oz" Connection

Jay Scarfone | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

Shirley Temple did in fact have an Oz connection, but one that requires clarification in lieu of urban mythology.

Pete Seeger Passes

John Farr | Posted 03.30.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Seeger's influence can be seen in movies and television throughout his almost seven-decade career as a musician, and will likely continue on for countless more generations of cinema. You'll find his music in great movies from our database, in titles as varied as Malcolm X, The Damned United, and Temple Grandin.

The Year's End: an Essay for Your Consideration

Tony Bartolone | Posted 03.02.2014 | Entertainment
Tony Bartolone

Some waning magic, some vanishing courage, some dumb beauty. This cinema sensation will not be recognized with awards. But be there no doubt about it, The World's End is the most important movie of the year.

Ari and Emma: When Harry Met Sally Outtakes (VIDEO)

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 02.25.2014 | Comedy
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

This couple did not make the cut. An elderly Eastern European couple tell their sad and cryptic tale of love at first sight in the Old Country. The producer interviewing them tries to keep it light and romantic... against all odds.

The 5 Best Movies For Grownups In 2013

Posted 12.24.2013 | Fifty

With some of Hollywood's finest actors and actresses like Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep belonging to the post-50 crowd, tinseltown can't help but ca...

A Mighty Oak Falls: A Tribute to Peter O'Toole and His Best Films

John Farr | Posted 02.14.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Today every classic movie fan mourns the death of Peter O'Toole at 81. The spirit of mischievous exuberance he brought to his life -- and all his roles -- somehow made me believe he could never die, even when you could see the smoking and drinking had taken its toll on his once startling good looks.

10 More Things You Never Noticed About The Wizard of Oz

Jay Scarfone | Posted 02.07.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

As a follow-up piece for all of you dedicated Ozophiles, here are a few more intriguing tidbits about this movie classic. Be sure to look for them on your next trip down the Yellow Brick Road!

10 Things You Never Noticed About The Wizard of Oz

Jay Scarfone | Posted 01.31.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

Since Oz is about to celebrate its 75th anniversary next year, here's a fun peek at a few details that may have escaped the attention of even the most ardent Ozophiles.

This Week, Don't Forget the Side Dishes: Giving Thanks For Actor Ed Harris

John Farr | Posted 01.26.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

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 Best Movies About Time Travel, and Why About Time Isn't One of Them

John Farr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Movies that somehow play with the manipulation of time are surprisingly plentiful, as they tap into a fundamental fantasy we all share. It really is not worth trekking out to catch About Time. Here then are a few time-travel films worth staying home for.

Catherine Deneuve at 70 -- Still as Cool as They Come

John Farr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Sure, I'm tough on movies, but sometimes I'm just another gushing, adoring fan. Such is the case with actress Catherine Deneuve, the stunning French actress who turns 70 today. Why do I love her so? Let me count the ways.

The Thin Man and More: The Best William Powell Movies

John Farr | Posted 11.30.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

This actor, who'd earn screen immortality playing detective Nick Charles in 1934's The Thin Man, is someone I'd watch in most anything. What set him apart?

Ron Howard's Rush Lives Up to Its Title

John Farr | Posted 11.17.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

The much anticipated Rush, Ron Howard's first film since the embarrassing comedy The Dilemma (2011), shows a return to decent form, and again demonstrates why the former child actor remains one of Hollywood's most bankable directors.

Blue Jasmine, and Sixteen Other Top Films About Losing Your Mind

John Farr | Posted 11.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

For the most part, I've avoided the psycho killer sub-genre as that would merit its own piece. Instead, I've focused on films that betray mental illness in somewhat subtler, but no less striking, ways.

De Niro at 70

John Farr | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

This Saturday marks a milestone for perhaps the finest screen actor of our times. Robert De Niro is turning 70.

For Mick Jagger's 70th Birthday, The Ten Best Rock Movies Ever

John Farr | Posted 09.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

You, Sir Mick Jagger, are turning 70 tomorrow, which -- to use the rock vernacular -- blows my mind. To mark your milestone, I'm picking my favorite movies with rock 'n' roll themes.

On His Birthday, Giving Thanks for Hanks

John Farr | Posted 09.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

When his many legions of fans consider his success, I'm certain there's a consistent thought running through their heads: it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Happy Birthday, Tom. Now, here's my personal Hanks list.

WATCH: The 8 Best Films You've NEVER Seen

Posted 06.28.2013 | Books

The following is excerpted with permission from The Best Film You’ve Never Seen, published by Chicago Review Press, June 2013. In his new book The B...

11 Essential New York City Movies

John Farr | Posted 07.26.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

It's a point of pride that no other city has so many good movies set in it as New York. Even a cursory Google search yields literally hundreds of titles shot here.