| 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...
| Jun 1, 2011
When you think of Las Vegas, you probably don't think of Las Vegas, N.M. It's the other Las Vegas, and perhaps the wildest Wild West town you've never heard of.
I had never heard of Las Vegas, N.M., when I first encountered it in 1997 — a Western...
| Apr 27, 2011
| 11:46 AM
Javier Bardem already owns an Oscar (for "No Country for Old Men"), but he rightfully was in the running for another one for his fine work in director and co-screenwriter Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's profile of a man trying to get his affairs in order....
| Jan 6, 2012
| 9:28 AM
As director, Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones casts another excellent actor - Samuel L. Jackson - opposite him in this intense two-person drama, an adaptation of a novel by Cormac McCarthy ("No Country for Old Men") first shown on HBO.
Jones plays a...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 3:02 PM
"Skyfall" may be the most satisfying James Bond film in years with jaw-dropping action, smart beautiful ladies and an Oscar-winning villain.
Daniel Craig is again the impeccably tailored superspy and more vulnerable, physically and emotionally, than we'...
| 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...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 5:07 AM
Last night's Oscars were like an emotional roller-coaster at a terrible amusement park--beginning wth Seth MacFarlane's as-bad-as-feared monologue, the show rarely rose above painful and hit few peaks. Allow us to relive some of the night's best and worst...
| May 24, 2009
Considering the many horror films featuring heroes in black who take out ghoulish enemies with crossbows or holy water bullets -- think of the "Underworld" or "Hellboy" movies, or "Van Helsing," whose titular hero seems inspired by the subject of this...
| Jul 25, 2009
After getting the lay of the literary land in James Lee Burke's new Texas-based crime novel, I was reminded of a friend mentioning -- with film-buff certainty -- that Howard Hawks' classic western "Red River" was in fact an uncredited reworking of the sea...
| Sep 29, 2009
He's had his ups, his downs, his ins and outs. But it's all coming back, now. Seriously, is there a cooler guy in the movies this minute than Woody Harrelson?
"Hang on. Let me tape that. My kids have GOT to hear that one!"
The cocky, funny-but-doomed...
| Oct 8, 2009
| 11:58 AM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Barry Corbin was born in Lamesa, Texas, on this date in 1940. His recent work includes playing Coach Whitey Durham on TV's "One Tree Hill" and a recurring role on "The Closer." Corbin also played Sheriff Fenton Washburn on "Dallas"...