Argo Before Argo
February 09, 2013

Wag the Dog was the Hollywood satire Ben Affleck should have made

February 07, 2013

A German film and Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, reviewed.

The Auteur of Unease
February 06, 2013

Kathryn Bigelow's war movies shy away from big messages. That's why they capture the post-9/11 mood so well.

Hollywood Can't Handle Gay Sex
February 05, 2013

Tinseltown supports LGBT rights everywhere but the big screen.

Urgent Demands
February 02, 2013

Inside an Italian prison, inmates perform Shakespeare in Ceasar Must Die; Senegalese men fight their way to Spain in The Pirogue.  

Not Every Scandal Needs a Movie
February 01, 2013

The prospect of seeing Al Pacino play Joe Paterno, or anyone play Lance Armstrong, is reason enough to give up the film critic business.

Citizen Alec
January 31, 2013

Not so long ago, Alec Baldwin was a washed up star. He reinvented himself without changing a bit. And, in the process, became Hollywood's most believeable star.

Music and More
January 30, 2013

In 1990, when I saw a documentary about the Guarneri Quartet, I concluded that all of us who are not members of a quartet have wasted our lives.

'Parade’s End': Ford Madox Ford’s Masterpiece Comes to the Screen
January 27, 2013

Imagine the production values of “Downton Abbey,” but aimed at a grown-up audience.

Inaugural Ball Hopping: "SimCity" Comes to the Capital, and Hollywood Stays Home
January 22, 2013

Inauguration night, featuring B-list celebrities and one amazing video game.