| Aug 28, 2014
| 1:34 PM
Funded by the studios and lousy with hypocrisy, the Motion Picture Association of America's rating system routinely leads to head-scratchers that defy logic and, in their small way, promulgate our image as a bloodthirsty yet prudish nation — crazy...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Healthy, even heated competition between film festivals is nothing new. Cannes was founded in the late '30s as the French response to Venice. In recent years, Shanghai has felt the heat from the government-backed Beijing, while both SXSW and Tribeca...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 6:00 AM
When she was elected the first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last summer, marketing consultant Cheryl Boone Isaacs represented a move toward diversity in the movie industry's most prominent organization.
Now, after a...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 12:11 PM
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II-era Cambridge code-breaker Alan Turing, convicted on "gross indecency" charges for his bisexuality, "The Imitation Game" won the Grolsch People's Choice Award Sunday at the 2014 Toronto International Film...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Say, did you catch Cumberbatch? What about Downey and Duvall? Or Dano? Don't forget Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Or Reese unwashed — that was wild. Could Winslet get any earthier? Who knew Wiig would find another level of crazy? Can Bill...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 1:27 PM
Among North American competition titles, director Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," opening commercially Nov. 14 (and Nov. 21 in Chicago), has drawn the lion's share of the raves during the Toronto International Film Festival, concluding Sunday. Toronto...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 7:00 AM
The opening weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival are some of the most important days on the film calendar, in recent years propelling pictures such as "Slumdog Millionaire," "Gravity" and "The King's Speech" on major commercial and awards...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Continuing its late surge through Hollywood's never-ending awards season, director David O. Russell's con game story "American Hustle" won a leading three trophies at the Golden Globes — including best musical or comedy — while the slavery...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Every December, 50-odd members of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. meet and vote on a collective "best" of the movie year. Arguments are made, voices occasionally raised, but mostly there's a prevailing tedium to the day as members systematically move...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 2:29 PM
Over the holidays, most moviegoers have opted for big-budget, spectacle-heavy and family-friendly films at the box office. But while "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "Frozen" have been packing them in for weeks now, a few smaller, independent...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 10:54 AM
The screenplays of "American Hustle," "Her," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Blue Jasmine" are among the nominees for Writers Guild of America Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen in 2013.
Nominees announced Friday in the original...