Hilary Swank, who won an Oscar at age 25 for her performance in 1999's "Boys Don't Cry," knows a thing or two about great expectations. The award immediately placed her in rarified company, and under…
In some of the year's most-high-profile movies, the buck stopped at the director's chair -- because the helmer also happened to be producing the picture.
With her raw performance as wounded waif Alice in "Closer" and an unexpectedly oddball rendering of an animal-loving epileptic in "Garden State," Natalie Portman had crix in a tizzy about her "coming…
For approximately half of period drama "Vera Drake," shuddering despair overwhelms the title character played by Imelda Staunton, carrying her away from former happiness like an undertow.
In contrast to the last few years on screen, a period which often seemed to survey the goings-on in Middle Earth at the expense of everyday men and women, movies in 2004 bravely looked at this world…
Sophie Okonedo is still trying to figure out how she made the leap from a hooker in "Dirty Pretty Things" to the wife of a real-life hero in "Hotel Rwanda."
Emmy Rossum, the object of desire in "The Phantom of the Opera," is generating ample buzz for her performance as Christine Daae and already has a citation for female breakthrough performance from the…
Divorce? Easy. Premarital sex? You're joking. Homosexuality? Yawn. These topics -- once highly controversial or even proscribed from being mentioned, let alone depicted, onscreen -- are…
Virginia Madsen isn't shy about expressing her eagerness for entering Oscar race 2005.
In the next two months, dramatic fare such as "Ray," "Closer" and Sideways" will flood key Euro territories over a four-week frame nicknamed "Oscar Alley" by overseas distribs.