| Jan 31, 2014
| 5:00 AM
First the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences disqualified a song. Now it could be facing the music.
For the first time in its history, the academy this week revoked an Oscar nomination on ethical grounds, citing improper campaigning by the...
| 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...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 7:00 AM
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Kathryn Bigelow famously became the first woman to win an Academy Award for directing for her 2009 Iraq war drama, “The Hurt Locker.”
Last night, the Tony Awards doubled down on that, handing out its top...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Even at 80, Costa-Gavras is fighting the good fight.
The Greek-born, naturalized French writer-director best known for his politically charged films such as 1969's Oscar-winning "Z" and 1982's "Missing," found himself in the middle of police action in...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Think you can escape the world's troubles by heading to the multiplex this summer?
Terrorist schemes have a starring role in the season's action movies, triggering an assortment of mayhem — collapsing skyscrapers, spaceships...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Zero Dark Thirty
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
"You can help yourself by being truthful." "Partial information will be treated as a lie." The CIA interrogators in the stunning new film Zero Dark Thirty keep coming back to these refrains as they do...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 6:57 AM
To consider what director Kathryn Bigelow has accomplished in "Zero Dark Thirty," imagine the events depicted by the story if they'd been given the "Argo" treatment.
Not to take anything away from that rousing true (-ish) story of hostages freed and...
| Jan 10, 2013
As always, this morning’s Oscar nominations created a roller coaster of emotion. Shock! Relief! Fury! I should not get so worked up about this.
Really, though, the nods for the 2013 Academy Awards had a few more big surprises than usual—or...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 5:38 PM
Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") has masterfully directed action and actors in "Zero Dark Thirty," a slow-burning re-creation of the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Like a crime thriller, the story takes us through unsettling...
| Jan 14, 2013
| 4:52 PM
The only useful quote regarding the Academy Awards is from NYT critic Manohla Dargis who said, “Let’s acknowledge that the Oscars are bullshit and we hate them.”
Nevertheless, this year should probably go down as a pre-eminent...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 3:55 PM
"Zero Dark Thirty" does focus on, as the ads insist, "the greatest manhunt in history," but once you've seen this film, a woman — or maybe two — will be on your mind.
Following up on her Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," director Kathryn...