When film immerses itself in the social/political problems of the past, the upshot can often be feel-good entertainment. Sure, there was racism in "The Help," comically antiquated excess in "The Wolf…
When a film's protagonist is in conflict with himself, it's hard for the audience to choose a side. But such is the dramatic high-wire act being performed in several of the season's more prominent…
"Art is not a mirror to reflect the world," said Bertolt Brecht. And angst may be in the eye of the beholder. Still, this season's best picture contenders seem to be serving up equal parts…
The kind of peril faced in several of this season's more prominent dramas could have been cooked up in a cauldron of woe stirred not only by John Ford, John Carpenter and John Woo, but also Jean-Paul…
By most measures, 1969 was a vintage year for anti-establishment American cinema ("The Wild Bunch," "Easy Rider," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "Midnight Cowboy"). But the most daring and…
That Jerry Bruckheimer is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is extraordinary — mostly because he doesn't already have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Lone Ranger was created in Detroit. So was Jerry Bruckheimer (the former in 1933 at radio station WXYZ; the latter in 1945). "So I guess that there's some synergy there," the producer says…
If you want to take the temperature of the documentary, go to Toronto in the spring, when Hot Docs delivers its cinema-crazed citizenry the cream of global nonfiction.
This intellectually bracing, visually arresting documentary goes far beyond character study into a search for Chinese identity.
With a mood and setting worthy of a murder story by Jack London, this audience-friendly, atmospheric work explores the ice-blocked fjords of northeastern Greenland.