| Jun 26, 2014
| 3:10 PM
Invitations were sent to 271 individuals to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday. They gain entry to the academy by earning an Oscar nomination, by getting two members to pen recommendations or by receiving an endorsement...
| May 15, 2014
| 3:22 PM
"The Immigrant," starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner, is one of those prickly period pieces about hard times that gets under your skin and leaves you unsettled long after.
Though its story is far more about survival than love,...
| May 15, 2014
| 10:01 AM
Oscar-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow will direct Tom Hardy in the post-9/11 drama "The True American," which will be produced by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, the filmmakers announced Wednesday night.
Based on the nonfiction book by New York...
| May 5, 2014
| 6:18 AM
Sarah-Violet Bliss acknowledges some frustration with fielding questions, yet again, about being a female filmmaker, about how the vast majority of movies seem to be directed by men, and about whether that will stop being the case any time soon.
| Apr 25, 2014
| 4:31 AM
No other film released 25 years ago, and few made since, captured the crosscurrents of a single neighborhood on a sweltering summer day in late 20th-century America the way Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" did.
Lee's brash masterwork still plays like...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 11:20 AM
Based on a true story only in the loosest sense, "Boys of Abu Ghraib" dramatizes the torture of terror suspects at the hands of American guards during the Iraq war.
Unlike the few documentaries on the subject, the film views the events through an...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 7:52 AM
In the new Marvel Entertainment movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” actor Anthony Mackie portrays Army veteran Sam Wilson, who is better known as The Falcon.
“He’s the one character in the movie who doesn’...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 4:23 PM
It’s a man’s world -- or at least that’s the way it appears on screen.
According to a report released Tuesday by San Diego State University film professor Martha Lauzen, the top 100 grossing films of 2013 were overwhelmingly male. Just...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 10:00 PM
That "whoosh" you heard Sunday night during the Academy Awards telecast was me breathing a sigh of relief.
Good judgment prevailed and "12 Years a Slave" deservedly won the Best Picture Oscar over a lousy script hidden behind amazing visuals ("Gravity")...
| Feb 15, 2014
Re "History lessons, with popcorn," Opinion, Feb. 12
Zach P. Messitte is spot-on regarding the influence that films with historical backgrounds have on today's college students.
Since 1991 I've been teaching at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. I've...
| Feb 12, 2014
The merits of the nine nominees for the Academy Award for best picture are being debated by cineastes around the world. But as a college professor, this year's Oscar nominees also reaffirm the growing importance of the movies in the classroom and how film...