| Dec 14, 2012
| 11:00 AM
It's as if this year filmmakers remembered why God made movies. In a world of nonstop data where most of the static is gossip in 140 soul-destroying words or less, cinema has had a transcendent 12 months — a visual renaissance that has burned past...
| Dec 16, 2012
Masked superheroes parading around in spandex and capes may have ruled the box office in recent years, but sweeping period dramas like this season's "Anna Karenina" and "Les Misérables," with their spectacular costumes, are never out of style.
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:36 PM
Years ago when I was a student at Northwestern University, a handful of executives at America Online came to my class and explained that you, I and everyone we know would soon find ourselves pleasantly stranded on "information islands." We nodded,...
| Sep 8, 2012
| 8:54 AM
Here's a Day 2 recap from the Toronto International Film Festival. Everybody sees a different slate of movies each day here. Friday went this way: After the gamer-oriented slaughter of “Dredd 3D,” the fanciful and tricksy theatrics of director...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 4:10 PM
Critic's Notebook: The dramatist who used to regularly scorch the stage with complex stories has let his anti-P.C. rage blunt his work.
What in the world has happened to David Mamet? The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Glengarry Glen Ross," a modern...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 7:59 AM
Like most alleged love-it-or-hate-it propositions, the new film version of "Anna Karenina" is neither. Rather, it's a half-success — a baldly conceptual response to the Leo Tolstoy novel, with a heavy theatrical framework placed around the narrative...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 12:25 PM
It will be the end of an era for many young women at the box office this weekend, as the "Twilight" finale hits theaters and could gross more than any movie in the vampire franchise.
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2," the fifth and final...
| Nov 17, 2012
| 8:49 AM
It's "Homeland" meets "The Real Housewives" — and it's hands down the best serialized show on TV.
It's "Dallas" in military drag, in which a ridiculously retro social order (who knew that "socialites" and "hostesses" even existed anymore, never...
| Nov 18, 2012
| 1:00 PM
At the art house this weekend, moviegoers preferred modern-day Philadelphia to 19th-century Russia.
The quirky dramedy "Silver Linings Playbook" and the period drama "Anna Karenina" both debuted in limited release this weekend, but the former film...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 10:00 AM
This holiday season may be the greatest ever for book adaptations, and this week, we have a visual stunner: "Life of Pi," Ang Lee's take on the best-selling Yann Martel novel.
Among the other big adaptations is "Lincoln," the Steven Spielberg movie that...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 7:37 AM
Writer-director Andrea Arnold made "Red Road" and "Fish Tank," two frank and exceptional portraits of emotionally isolated young women hurtling, dangerously, into their futures. These character studies, set in Scotland and England, respectively,...