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.
Who: Kim Basinger What: The Door in the Floor Why: Basinger and Jeff Bridges deal with their personal anguish in ways that make this downer pic worth watching. Who: Bryce Dallas Howard What: The…
AMADEUS (1984) Who: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 18th century Austrian composer and boy genius Star turn: Tom Hulce portrays the musician as an impetuous, giggling enfant terrible. Bigscreen spin: Casts…
Oscar hopefuls from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden will be screened during the sixth annual Scandinavian Film Festival L.A., running Jan. 14-16.
Alexander Payne has been selected director of the year by the Palm Springs Film Festival. The "Sideways" helmer will be honored at the fest's awards gala Saturday at the Palm Springs Convention…
In the weeks leading up to the Oscars, everybody's a critic -- but can crix pick pics? Critics groups have saluted "Sideways" (L.A., Gotham, S.F., Boston, Chi, Toronto and IFP New York); "Eternal…
The Backlot: Clint Eastwood's new movie is doing strong business and seems positioned for several awards, so it's all the more puzzling why this grizzled old pro had such difficulty assembling the…
Senegalese helmer Ousmene Sembene's "Moolaade" was named the year's top foreign pic in Web site IndieWire's annual poll of North American crix, fest programmers and journos.
The Seattle Film Critics love a good fight. Boxing pic "Million Dollar Baby" and its helmer Clint Eastwood have been named best picture and director by the 14-member org.
London film critics have decreed the five best films of 2004 are "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "The Motorcycle Diaries," "The Aviator," "House of Flying Daggers" and "Sideways." They are…