| Jan 31, 2013
| 7:00 AM
A flurry of ceremonies over the last 2 1/2 weeks -- the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild prizes and the Screen Actors Guild awards -- has separated pretender from contender in Hollywood's 2012-13 awards season.
According to the L.A. Times HeatMeter,...
| Jan 13, 2013
| 9:49 AM
Golden Globes, "Argo" won for best dramatic film and best director Ben Affleck, while the musical "Les Miserables" took home three Golden Globes -- for best musical or comedy, lead actor for Hugh Jackman and supporting actress for Anne Hathaway. "Lincoln"...
| Jan 27, 2013
| 9:16 PM
Ben Affleck's "Argo," a drama about the Iranian hostage crisis, won the highest acting honor Sunday night at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards. The CIA thriller, which won best ensemble cast, also won the directing honor at the Golden Globe Awards two...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 11:55 AM
"Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow's drama about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, was named the best film of the year Wednesday by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
The movie, set to open in limited release Dec. 19, took home two other...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 9:06 AM
Two vastly different films about the scourge of slavery in America, a thriller about the rescue of American hostages in Iran and a study of the dogged quest to capture one of the world's most wanted men -- Osama bin Laden -- were among the top nominees...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 4:29 PM
This week's Oscar nominations brought surprises Chief among them: the snubbing of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow, directors of “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” for director, and the multi-category dominance of upstarts “Beasts...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 1:19 PM
Naomi Watts gives a wrenching, appropriately Oscar-nominated performance in this fact-inspired drama about a vacationing family separated by the tsunami that devastated Thailand in 2004.
Watts plays the mother fiercely trying to protect one of her...
| Dec 14, 2012
| 11:00 AM
It's as if this year filmmakers remembered why God made movies. In a world of nonstop data where most of the static is gossip in 140 soul-destroying words or less, cinema has had a transcendent 12 months — a visual renaissance that has burned past...
| Dec 20, 2012
*** (out of four)
In movies, even the most universal truths aren't a given. Love can appear unconvincing; family members seem like they barely know each other.
In “The Impossible,” however, the simplest emotional necessities come through...
| Dec 20, 2012
Everything that was false about the tsunami sequence in the recent Clint Eastwood film "Hereafter" — the bland overview perspectives, the lack of human immediacy — is corrected, terrifyingly, by the first half-hour of director J.A. Bayona's...
| Dec 23, 2012
| 1:20 PM
The backlash in Washington over "Zero Dark Thirty" didn't reach the box office, as Kathryn Bigelow's CIA thriller got off to an excellent start in limited release.
Playing in five theaters, the film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden grossed $410,000...