| Dec 16, 2013
Asked to choose if great songwriting or great performance ability is more important for a musician, "Inside Llewyn Davis" star Oscar Isaac hesitates, wavers, then decides.
"I'd say definitely songwriting. Because if you perform a [bleepy] song, then just...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave" regains ground in the awards race with its four nominations for SAG Awards, while "August: Osage County," "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" boosted their Oscar stock with three noms apiece, including...
| 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...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 6:00 AM
The Armstrong Lie
Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99
Available on VOD beginning Tuesday
Give credit to Alex Gibney: Even with as many documentaries as he cranks out in any given year, he always finds new ways into stories that audiences may think they...
| 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...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 8:12 AM
Filmmaking siblings Joel and Ethan Coen ("Fargo," "No Country for Old Men") again earned wide acclaim for their portrait of a fictional early-1960s folk singer, superbly played by Oscar Isaac.
While he may lack social graces, Llewyn Davis has undeniable...
| 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...
| 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,...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 8:30 AM
As the annual Oscar campaign comes to resemble a presidential race more by the year, the fall festival calendar starts to resemble a long political primary, with its own Carvilles, Plouffes, and perhaps even its Atwaters. But as even the smaller...
| 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...
| 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...