| May 20, 2013
| 7:18 AM
CANNES, France — Whatever its commercial fortunes when it opens in the U.S. this December, "Inside Llewyn Davis" already has won the acclaim sought so ardently by the fictional folk singer of its title, the latest charismatic loser in a long,...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 9:51 AM
As his Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award attest, Cormac McCarthy has had plenty of success on the page, and several of his novels have also been adapted to the screen with good results, most notably "No Country for Old Men," which won four Academy...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 11:30 AM
Josh Brolin is a little tired of being thought of as a "man's man" type of actor. But he scaled Mt. Shasta anyway.
The performer, who has embodied a swaggering masculinity in such movies as "No Country for Old Men" and "True Grit," says that he's...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 7:01 PM
We can all agree that it's been a pretty great year for movies. But when it comes to this year's best picture Oscar race, that's probably where our accord ends.
At the moment, the critically lauded historical drama "12 Years a Slave" and the equally...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 1:52 PM
Russia may say it doesn't know the whereabouts of Edward Snowden, but the country does have a handle on Brad Pitt in the new international trailer for Ridley Scott's “The Counselor," which has been released ... in Russian.
Those unfamiliar with...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 12:00 PM
It won't be only Disney executives who are watching the box office returns for "The Lone Ranger" this weekend. Lots of people are wondering whether Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer can ride to the rescue of a genre that was once a staple of American cinema...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:08 PM
The great theorist of psychoanalysis Jacques Lacan envisioned desire as “caught in the rails of metonymy, eternally extending toward the desire for something else.” In the rhetorical figure of metonymy, a signifier points toward something...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 7:31 AM
The parts are more than the sum, even with the "name" cast assembled by veteran director Ridley Scott, in this melodrama written by Cormac McCarthy ("No Country for Old Men").
Michael Fassbender plays an attorney who unwisely immerses himself in a...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 9:53 AM
Does James Franco ever sleep? In the past year, he's starred in such diverse films as "Oz the Great and Powerful," "Spring Breakers" and "This Is the End"; directed art house efforts like "Sal" and "Interior. Leather Bar."; mentored Gia Coppola in...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:00 PM
These days, it seems as if the collective voice of moviegoers echoes the Taylor Swift lament "Why you gotta be so mean?"
And for once they're not talking about me or my fellow critics.
The discontent and, in some cases, the disdain is directed at some...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 1:27 PM
Brace yourself. Spike Lee has gone all Quentin Tarantino on us.
In re-imagining Park Chan-wook's mysterious thriller "Oldboy," Lee embraces the extremes of Japanese manga tradition with a vengeance. The graphic brutality, the warped sexuality, the...