| Feb 27, 2012
| 4:57 AM
For the first time since 1929, when the clubby, self-promotional and studio-driven Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized “Wings” and “Sunrise” in the first Academy Awards ceremony, a black-and-white silent...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 4:07 PM
Well, we all got blindsided by Meryl Streep.
That was my one consolation as my dream of being Orange County's greatest Oscar handicapper crumbled steadily throughout the 84th annual Academy Awards on Sunday.
Earlier this year, I challenged Independent...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 5:37 AM
Anthony Mackie — who appeared in last weekend’s No. 1 film at the box office, “Real Steel,” and the Oscar-winning “Million Dollar Baby” and “The Hurt Locker” — recently had an entire restaurant buzzing...
| 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...
| Jul 30, 2012
| 8:01 AM
Roxanna Hope, who played Caroline Cushing in Frost/Nixon on Broadway will play the title role in Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler"," the season opener at Hartford Stage.
The show, directed by Jennifer Tarver (the Canadian director who staged "Krapp's Last...
| Aug 9, 2012
*** (out of four)
To fill Matt Damon’s/Jason Bourne’s shoes, an actor/character must be fleet of foot, squeeze into tight spaces and possess badass hand-to-hand combat skills.
As Aaron Cross, another special operative feeling...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 12:42 PM
After making his name as a supporting player in "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" and "The Avengers" and top-lining in the Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," Jeremy Renner will try to prove he can kick butt himself at the box office this weekend in "...
| Aug 16, 2012
| 8:33 PM
Tony Gilroy is no stranger to the intense world of complex spy thrillers.
He earned Oscar nominations for writing and directing "Michael Clayton." He was a screenwriter on all three previous Bourne films. Better than anyone else, he knows the...
| Sep 20, 2012
**1/2 (out of four)
Talk about people with a past coming together.
The perfectly OK high school reunion drama “10 Years” contains countless onscreen reunions: Channing Tatum and his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum (“Step Up”). Tatum...
| Sep 20, 2012
The largely engaging class-reunion dramedy "10 Years" allows audiences to pretend they went to high school with the likes of Channing Tatum, Justin Long, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie and Kate Mara. But at some point, they are also going to have to...
| Mar 16, 2012
| 9:09 AM
The espionage franchise got a major re-energizing - which also didn't hurt star Tom Cruise's career - with this hugely successful fourth movie spinoff of the classic TV series, the first live-action feature directed by animation veteran Brad Bird ("The...