| Jun 20, 2013
| 4:00 AM
James Gandolfini, the Emmy-winning actor who swaggered his way to fame as the murderous, clinically depressed mob boss on HBO's groundbreaking drama "The Sopranos," died Wednesday on vacation in Rome. He was 51.
The cause was a heart attack or stroke,...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 11:20 AM
You don't have to approve of Elia Kazan's testimony before HUAC to recognize his 1954 “On the Waterfront” as a brilliant film, whose influence changed the face of American movies. Somehow both lyrical and hard-edged at the same time, this tale...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
It's all in the name.
Columbia Pictures, which celebrates its 90th anniversary on Jan. 10, began life in 1920 as the C.B.C. Sales Film Corp. Founded by Harry and Jack Cohn and Joe Brandt, the company churned out low-budget shorts, westerns and comedies....
| Nov 14, 2013
| 8:00 AM
At some point during the filming of "All Is Lost," writer-director J.C. Chandor and his star (and sole cast member) Robert Redford were getting a little sick of one another. As the only actor on set, Redford had no one to commune with beyond the crew, and...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 7:16 AM
When Mike Korte sets his mind to something, he'll do whatever it takes to achieve the goal. And if it means he ends up surrounded by a throng of admiring women, well that's a sacrifice he's willing to make.
Korte was an aimless 13-year-old, admittedly...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 11:00 AM
Aboard the USS Truxtun last spring, Tom Hanks and director Paul Greengrass were about to shoot what they hoped would be a powerful scene in their new movie, "Captain Phillips," when a Navy captain intervened.
"He said, 'You know that would never happen,...
| Dec 3, 2011
| 12:35 PM
Few films in movie history — and maybe no other film by a first-time writer-director — proved to be the breakthrough moment for as many talents as a made-in-Baltimore comedy-drama called "Diner."
Viewers still respond to all the people in it,...
| Nov 6, 2011
For nearly five decades, J. Edgar Hoover was the face of law enforcement in the U.S., but to most Americans, the longtime Federal Bureau of Investigations director remains an enigma. "J. Edgar," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as...
| Sep 4, 2012
| 3:11 PM
Musicians have been tuning up and are ready to perform for you during a classical music season that heats up as the weather cools down. There's a lot going on, so you may want to make some musical notations of your own as you plan your cultural calendar....
| Jun 28, 2012
| 7:31 AM
It's crazy to oversell "Magic Mike,"or fluff it up into something its makers never intended. It is not a major motion picture. It is not searing melodrama, though in story outline terms — the least interesting terms by which to engage with...
| Jul 7, 2012
| 1:03 PM
Since its last movie screening in 1968, the historic Ambassador Theater in Howard Park has been a cosmetology school, a dance hall and a Baptist church — and in recent years a vacant shell.
The Baltimore neighborhood's hopes for revitalization of...