| Oct 6, 2011
| 8:14 PM
A comedy about cancer isn't easy, but writer Will Reiser and co-star/co-producer Seth Rogen draw from personal experience to give "50/50" that rare blend of raw humor and emotion without artifice.
There are no wrong notes in this movie.
| Sep 20, 2012
As a teenager the New Zealand-born Melanie Lynskey came to international attention opposite an equally young and skillful Kate Winslet in the Peter Jackson true-crime drama "Heavenly Creatures."
More recently she enjoyed (at least financially) a long,...
| Mar 7, 2010
Sure, you could go out and see each and every one of the 10 Oscar nominees for best picture (up from five last year). But seriously, isn't that a tad extreme?
There's a faster, easier, less expensive way to protect yourself against tiresome outbursts ("...
| Feb 24, 2010
| 11:38 AM
Directed by Jason Reitman ("Juno"), one of 2009's most acclaimed, most Oscar-nominated movies boasts a great performance by George Clooney as a downsizing expert who gains self-awareness as his job changes. Co-stars Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick are...
| Feb 28, 2010
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 296 pp., $25
According to Santa Fe Institute economist Samuel Bowles, roughly one out of every four Americans is now employed guarding the wealth of the rich. This "guard labor" is loosely defined...
| Mar 8, 2010
Never mind its handicapping by many gurus of gold as an odds-on Oscar front-runner heading into Sunday evening. The downsizing drama "Up in the Air" was completely excluded in all six categories for which it was nominated, including nods for George...
| Aug 8, 2010
Everybody has an opinion about "Inception," and mine comes in the form of a question: Why are the movie's architectural settings, for the most part, so hackneyed?
Christopher Nolan's hyper-complex psychological thriller doesn't just make architecture a...
| Jan 17, 2010
The night belongs to "Avatar."
The sci-fi blockbuster -- the most expensive movie ever made and on track to become the highest-grossing film ever made – won the Golden Globe tonight for best dramatic film and best director for James Cameron.
| Dec 17, 2009
The films "Inglourious Basterds," "Up in the Air" and "Precious" were shaping up as this awards season's front-runners, each earning three nominations apiece as the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced this morning.
Earlier this week, the...
| Mar 8, 2010
"The Hurt Locker," a gritty, challenging and little-seen drama about bomb disposal in the Iraq war, was the leading winner with six Academy Awards on Sunday night, including best picture and the first directing honor for a female filmmaker.
| Aug 28, 2008
George Clooney is reportedly in talks to star in the dark corporate comedy "Up in the Air."
Based on the 2001 novel by Walter Kirn, "Up in the Air" focuses on a professional downsizer whose true dream is the accumulation of a million frequent flier...