Several 2008 movies -- "Milk," "Gran Torino," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" among them -- deliver big messages of social justice, and deliver them in highly…
Ron Howard approached "Frost/Nixon" a bit like a documentary. The way in which he told the story made me feel that I was getting an insider's look at what really happened to allow David Frost to pull…
"Doubt" is a morally complex story. I love the fact that it offers no easy solace. To me, it wasn't about religion. It wasn't about pedophilia and the priesthood. It examines something that's very…
Hats off to Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy for creating a joyous and heartbreaking film filled with all the horrors and triumphs of a life of poverty. This Dickensian fable beautifully juxtaposes…
Everybody talks about Robert Downey Jr.'s performance, which I think was fantastic, but overlooked is Gwyneth Paltrow. Her subtlety, with which she did that role, was exceptional.
"Milk" has an incredible sense of time and place; it makes you feel as if you are right there walking down the Castro in bellbottoms in the mid-1970s. "Milk" is also the first mainstream picture that…
"The Wrestler" is a story of a guy who knows he's done nothing. Who's achieved nothing. Mickey Rourke's character has no nice clothes. No home. And yet, just out of his reach is anything and…
"West Side Story," "Nashville," "Midnight Cowboy," "Five Easy Pieces" -- they don't have much in common, except as I viewed them in my youth, I was transported into a world that defined its rules…
This is such a moving and technically astounding film on so many levels.
Although there were many great traditional films this year, the one I loved the most was pure, magical and animated.
Jeffrey Nachmanoff's "Traitor" is a classic thriller that takes off like a bullet and puts you on the edge of your seat all the way through.