| Feb 26, 2014
| 10:58 AM
This year’s nine Academy Award nominees for best picture are exceptional films that envelope audiences with great acting, unusual story lines and distinctive cinematography. But who among us can say they have been so captivated by a great movie that...
| Mar 1, 2014
| 4:00 PM
Growing up, Christopher Navarro used to listen to himself talking on a hand-me-down Kmart cassette tape recorder, then re-record his voice until he had perfected the audio clip.
Now 38, the Northern California native channels his childhood pastime in...
| Mar 2, 2014
| 8:32 PM
In the movie equivalent of hitting a home run on a first at-bat, Spike Jonze won the Academy Award for original screenplay on Sunday for “Her,” the first feature film script he wrote on his own.
Jonze’s sci-fi romantic dramedy...
| Feb 28, 2014
The history of film culture is, in many ways, a history of film books: essay and review collections, reference guides, academic studies, biographies. Since the days of silent film, the subculture of movie obsessives has defined, legitimized and...
| Feb 28, 2014
Oscar-nominated or not, a screenplay remains a halfway thing until it goes before the cameras. Similarly, a movie is only a movie until the post-screening discussion, whether that discussion takes place in your head, alone, or with strangers in a room. At...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 3:02 PM
Todo o nada. Esa parecía la máxima de Philip Seymour Hoffman a la hora de actuar, sin opción para medias tintas. Intérprete comprometido y valiente, brillaba igual en papeles pequeños que en grandes, a los que le costó llegar, y no tuvo reparos en aceptar...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Because there were so many strong acting contenders, campaign frenzy has been unprecedented, with strategists piling on Q&A screenings and "in honor of" parties on 24-hour notice. One actor confided to Variety he'd done more than 200 Q&As. Sometimes...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 2:55 PM
If you haven't yet caught the captivating "Her," consider fitting it in before the Academy Awards show March 2. This novel film from writer-director Spike Jonze is deservedly one of the best picture nominees.
Though its star, Joaquin Phoenix, didn't get...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Dinner and a movie.
Yes, I realize it represents a profound failure of imagination, but this was the date I had proposed to my wife for Valentine's Day next week. But sometimes life's obligations (not to mention two kids) limit your options for an...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 2:09 PM
A funeral Mass for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was held Friday at St. Ignatius of Loyola church on Park Avenue in New York City, with dozens of acting luminaries turning out to bid farewell to the Oscar winner who died Sunday of an apparent heroin...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 2:30 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Philip Seymour Hoffman's private funeral was held in Manhattan on Friday, with stars Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams and Ellen Burstyn paying their respects to an actor widely considered among the best...