Amply supporting Irving Berlin's assertion "There's no people like show people," "Orson's Shadow" imaginatively re-creates a stage collaboration between Orson Welles (Bruce McGill) and Laurence…
Old Hickory is our first rock star president -- an empty suit whose charisma blinds the electorate to multiple sins -- in the satirical tuner "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" receiving its world…
The mordant comedy "Sea of Tranquility" skewers three perennial, peculiarly American myths: People who want to change can change; people who want to effect change can make a difference; and the…
Never mind wanting to "have it all." Sarah Treem's Amanda in "A Feminine Ending" despairs of having any of it: career, relationship, stable family or purpose.
With "In This Corner," Steven Drukman sets out to restore the rep of Joe Louis (1914-81), unassuming "Brown Bomber" sandwiched between the more controversial Jack Johnson and Muhammad Ali but…
If the producers of "Atonement" rack up a healthy number of Academy Award nominations later this month, they probably should say a silent prayer of thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.
"As Much As You Can," detailing a black gay man's tussles with sibs and friends, plays like a very special episode of a vintage sitcom like "Maude" or "Good Times." Light banter is interrupted every…
A drama of ideas is rare enough, let alone one equally in touch with its characters and with a tricky plot and twist ending. Bob Clyman's "Tranced," a psychological mystery in the shadow of the…
This year's lineup of Oscar bait is a cavalcade of very serious dramatic, if not really downbeat, fare. But secret documents obtained by Variety confirm that a few individuals were working behind the…
Film critics and professional Oscar watchers cast a more critical -- some might say jaundiced -- eye on the Golden Globes than does the industry or moviegoing public.
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