Stephen Frears’ best and most successful movies have gotten him thisclose to the Best Director Oscar—The Queen in 2006 and The Grifters in 1991—and these are indicative of the two different worlds in which he functions: the fact and the fiction. More »
“It’s a World War II story we’ve never seen before,” says writer-producer Grant Heslov about The Monuments Men, the Feb. 7 Columbia Pictures release directed by George Clooney, his longtime filmmaking partner. More »
Italian filmmakers over the years have depicted Rome in many ways, from tragic (Roberto Rossellini’s 1945 Rome: Open City) to a city gone euphoric (Matt Tyrnauer’s dazzling 2008 Valentino: The Last Emperor doc). More »
Percival’s quest: ‘The Book Thief’ adapts best-seller about orphan girl in Nazi Germany who finds solace in reading
At the end of Markus Zusak’s young-adult novel The Book Thief, the story’s narrator, Death, wry, urbane and sporting a transparent cynicism in lieu of a black cloak, leaves his audience with a few parting words. More »
Twenty years ago, an Austin, Texas high school run by Richard Linklater in Dazed and Confused turned out a class of future stars that included Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Cole Hauser, Milla Jovovich, Adam Goldberg, Renée Zellweger, Anthony Rapp and, lest we forget in the role of a hunky hick, a 23-year-old Matthew McConaughey. More »
Journey of a country priest: Malgoska Szumowska explores a Polish cleric’s struggle with 'In the Name of'
"Oh, it was easy!" So says Malgoska Szumowska about getting funding for her film In the Name of, the Film Movement release debuting on Oct. 30. More »
Director Ridley Scott's best films pose tough moral problems, from what it means to be human in Blade Runner to ethics in battle in Black Hawk Down. But rarely has morality played as prominent a role as in his latest movie, The Counselor More »
'Muscle Shoal'-mates: 'Freddy' Camalier documents the small town with a big sound that changed American music
For much of its history, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, was just a sleepy rural town on the Tennessee River. More »
Girl with a bike: Haifaa Al Mansour's inspiring 'Wadjda' is first feature filmed entirely inside Saudi Arabia
Wadjda is a peek behind the black veils of Saudi Arabian women and girls. If its eponymous and irreverent hero is a surprise, she is also irresistible. More »
Peter Jackson’s vibrant and spry epic returns a sense of adventure, along with more resonant characters, to what had been turning into a dutiful slog. More »
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