| Aug 27, 2014
| 7:40 AM
Tinseltown is up to its old tricks. In hopes of Oscar glory, Hollywood is saving some of its biggest movies for the year's final weeks. Yet these titles, stars and subjects do raise expectations that, after a disappointing summer, some memorable movies...
| Jul 3, 2014
Henry Cavill strikes a pose in a new still from “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Released Thursday, the image […]...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Continuing its late surge through Hollywood's never-ending awards season, director David O. Russell's con game story "American Hustle" won a leading three trophies at the Golden Globes — including best musical or comedy — while the slavery...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 10:00 AM
A populist confection with ambitions to high art. A hodgepodge whose messiness has generated both raves and criticism. A colorful throwback that is also surprisingly modern and relevant. David O. Russell's "American Hustle" is a series of entertaining...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 6:22 AM
Philip Seymour Hoffman was always one of my favorites. It always seemed to me that he didn't make bad movies, and I've always attributed that to a belief that Hoffman's talent elevated everyone around him.
Like a lot of appreciators of film, upon...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 9:39 AM
A major studio making a movie about one of its own blockbuster hits sounds like a bad idea. The potential for self congratulation is obvious. But "Saving Mr. Banks" is a worthy Disney project that entertains on its own merits.
Tom Hanks and Emma...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 1:58 PM
Oscar voting begins online Friday, though many Motion Picture Academy members who didn't register for online balloting received paper versions beginning late last week. Some diligent members have already made their selections and mailed them in.
| Jan 2, 2014
| 6:30 AM
American moviegoers love a good con man. Burt Lancaster won an Academy Award for playing one in 1960's "Elmer Gantry." Michael Douglas took home an Oscar in 1988 as master "Wall Street" manipulator Gordon Gekko. And Robert Redford got nominated for his...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Sometimes, when adapting history for the big screen, a few fabrications are required.
Take, for example, Irving Rosenfeld, the schlubby Bronx huckster Christian Bale plays in the period caper "American Hustle." A consummate swindler with a fondness...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 7:30 AM
When the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced its nominations last month, the biggest surprise was that there were no surprises. There were no obvious, ratings-driven nods to celebrities, no left-field recognition to performances no one else found...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Surprising no one who has been on the Internet recently, the star most credited for the industry's record year of domestic box office sales is Jennifer Lawrence.
The "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "American Hustle" actress was voted the top money-...