| Nov 2, 2012
| 4:27 PM
I had completed a Best Movies list about storm movies, focusing not on the best movies with big storms -- I did that one a couple of years ago -- but on the best big storms in movies. This allowed......
| Nov 9, 2012
| 4:40 PM
THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED: ABC's Diane Sawyer has had everyone talking about her this week. Critics blasted her for being off her game on Election Night, but she was contending with a power outage in Times Square. She came back Thursday with an exclusive...
| Nov 17, 2012
| 4:41 PM
Another day at the multiplex, another chance to see some wonderful TV actors showing their versatility. Today's example: “Lincoln.” Of course, it's a grand showcase for Daniel Day-Lewis as Honest Abe. But the intimate Steven Spielberg epic...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 7:03 AM
Any politicians looking for inspiration should head to their nearest movie theater, says George Skelton in his Thursday column. "The movie “Lincoln” should be required viewing for all elected chief executives from president to mayor," he...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 2:23 PM
Abraham Lincoln has been given many titles over the years: Rail Splitter, Great Emancipator, even, to the detriment of the undead, Vampire Hunter.
Some of these have more historical credibility than others.
But one that he's earned without question,...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 9:29 AM
With the notable exception of 2012's "Flight" — a character piece that earned him fresh plaudits and an Academy Award nomination -- Denzel Washington has had a remarkably consistent career over the last five years. Every one of the five lead roles...
| Nov 28, 2012
In the rest of the country, it may be just another movie, but in Washington, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" has become a political Rorschach test.
It seems as if every pundit in the capital has gone to see the masterful biopic about our 16th president,...
| Jun 12, 2013
Perhaps it’s not surprising that Michael Shannon, an Oscar nominee (“Revolutionary Road”) known for playing troubled characters, appears as tortured madman General Zod in “Man of Steel,” opening Friday. Would he be open to...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 1:19 PM
About midway through the documentary "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay" (opening Friday at the Music Box Theatre), Jay emerges backstage after a performance and is greeted by a roomful of people. As he acknowledges his well-...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 2:47 PM
At times it felt like an exit interview — the ultimate exit interview.
The details are still so surreal that when I tell people who was there, the words sound as though someone else had dreamed them: Al Pacino walked into the room. Then...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 7:00 AM
A flurry of ceremonies over the last 2 1/2 weeks -- the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild prizes and the Screen Actors Guild awards -- has separated pretender from contender in Hollywood's 2012-13 awards season.
According to the L.A. Times HeatMeter,...