| Dec 1, 2011
| 7:30 PM
The phrase "family film" has never appeared in the same sentence with Martin Scorsese. But the R-rated master has made a spectacular PG-rated movie full of wonder and imagination. "Hugo" offers equal parts nostalgia, fantasy and mystery with Charles...
| Dec 2, 2011
| 9:55 AM
This season abounds in "best" lists. Here are some top picks for gift-giving to kids.
"I Must Have Bobo!" by Eileen Rosenthal, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal
Atheneum; $14.99; ages 3 to 6
When toddler Willy shouts the title phrase, his body language...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 12:28 PM
Martin Scorsese has made so many provocative movies over the decades that probably the only way left for him to shock an audience was to make a children's film. Yes, "Hugo" is rated PG. It's also in 3-D, meaning that this Christmas release delivers the...
| Dec 18, 2011
Clothes and carefully cultivated facial hair are helping to make the man — and the movie — in a big way at the multiplex this season.
Consider the tuxedo-wearing, thinly mustachioed men of 1920s' Hollywood in "The Artist"; the dapper denizens...
| Dec 18, 2011
Cue the flappers, the fringe, the beads and the bobs.
The Roaring '20s are back in fashion — on the runways and on-screen.
It started in September at the spring 2012 fashion shows, with Ralph Lauren's "Great Gatsby" gowns, Tory Burch's...
| Dec 18, 2011
A movie doesn't have to be jampacked with cinema style to have a memorable fashion moment or two, and in the course of screening the slate of holiday-season films, we found all kinds of clothes, accessories, hairstyles and makeup worth a mention.
| Dec 15, 2011
| 5:56 AM
The Oscar race isn't getting any easier to predict.
This morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press unveiled their nominees for the best in film and television in 2011. And while this small group of media generally has little influence over the Oscars, it's...
| Jan 25, 2012
| 3:34 PM
Everyone has at least one skill that doesn't have a practical use.
Mine is the ability to name every movie ever to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
I absorbed that knowledge from years of reading critical studies of the Oscars, to the point...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 8:45 PM
Few films have more award-winning talent than"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close."
Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock need no introduction. Director Stephen Daldry earned Oscar nominations for "The Hours" and "The Reader." Eric Roth wrote the screenplays for"...
| Jan 29, 2012
While I have been extremely heartened by the reception of my movie"Hugo,"I feel that there is one area where we've been severely slighted.
I have been cautioned against speaking out on this issue lest I create the appearance of churlishness. Well, I'm...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 2:35 PM
A couple of years ago, Bruce Sheridan, chair of the film program at Columbia College, noticed a curious thing happening. A few of the film majors who interned on the Chicago production of "The Dark Knight" had started making their student films and, as...