The Coen brothers' penchant for picaresque heroes and novelist Cormac McCarthy's brutal depictions of decaying values in the New West have found a harmonic convergence in "No Country for Old Men."
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Over more than three decades, David Cronenberg has built an oeuvre of consistently outre works, ranging from intriguing psychological studies ("A History of Violence") to the downright insidious…
In his first film since his directing Oscar for "Brokeback Mountain," Ang Lee again defies expectations with "Lust, Caution."
With "Zodiac," David Fincher, the director of stylish genre pics ("Seven," "Panic Room"), becomes David Fincher, the master craftsman.
Any script that prominently involves an anatomically correct sex doll leaves a lot of room for things to get, well, tacky. But "Lars and the Real Girl" deftly skirts any vulgarity and accomplishes…
In the Academy's 79 years of doling out statuettes, only three Westerns have won the Oscar for best picture: the practically ancient "Cimarron" (1931), the Civil War-era "Dances With Wolves" (1990)…
One of the biggest literary successes of recent years, Afghan-born author Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel about his pre-9/11 homeland is destined to be one of the most discussed adaptations this Oscar…
Despite its bold impressionistic storytelling, painter-turned-director Julian Schnabel's third feature "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" fits squarely into an Oscar tradition: the tale of one man's…
Joining a cavalcade of downer films, "Things We Lost in the Fire" is a story that presents more hope than the majority of the year's quality films gunning for kudos.
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