A strong opening weekend, glowing reviews and likely Oscar nominations bode well for “The Post” reaching a large audience as it argues the case for press freedom.
But journalists will judge the Meryl Streep-Tom Hanks-Steven Spielberg movie against the best journalism films ever made, and that bar is extraordinarily high. It would be tough even to anoint it the top offering of the decade since “Spotlight” won the Academy Award for best picture of 2015.
From the perspective of an editor, former reporter and lover of journalism movies, “The Post” was excellent and a timely reminder
If you watch the Golden Globe Awards, as 20 million or so will when the 75th annual ceremony is broadcast by NBC on Sunday, you are almost certainly familiar with one very specific sub-genre of joke that shows up year in and year out, from the hosts and presenters and winners alike.
Shots like this one from the acid-tongued Ricky Gervais as he hosted the 2012 show, and introduced the HBO old-time gangster series “Boardwalk Empire.”
“It’s about a load of immigrants who came to America about 100 years ago, and got involved in bribery and corruption, and worked their way
Awards shows are about to boil down all the great movie work of 2017 to a pathetic, overhyped few. Before that happens, let’s appreciate some of last year’s finest achievements that those retired academy voters might forget to acknowledge.
We’ll start with some of the great performances by lead actresses (I’ll do actors next week). There were a lot, and they all can’t get nominations. So I’m listing some who will and some who probably won’t. Does my criteria go any deeper than superb performances don’t need awards campaigns to validate them? Perhaps.
So, yes, we’ve
Hollywood’s released a lot of classy stuff in the final week of 2017. All the movies listed below, in order of how much I liked ’em, are extremely well-made and worth your time – with the caveat of “if you’re into that sort of thing” strongly attached.
Have a happy New Year and happier moviegoing in 2018!
“Phantom Thread.” Weird, unusually funny and rather self-controlled for a Paul Thomas Anderson drama, this delectably shot (perhaps by PTA himself? There’s no credited DP) look at an autocratic English fashion designer humbled by love for a
Los Angeles “Top Chef” contender Joe Sasto ‘s Chinese-inspired chicken wings won over the judges during the elimination challenge on the “Keep on Truckin’ ” episode Thursday, Dec. 21.
Crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside, the Buffalo wings served with a chili-garlic sauce and sprinkled with macerated kale hit all the right notes, and it’s no wonder it did.
“With all the chicken wings I cook and eat, there was no way I could’ve messed that one up,” Sasto said, adding he’s always been a fan of Buffalo style. “Anytime I see chicken wings on a menu, anywhere, whether
Walt Disney Co. recently released a trailer for “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” live-action fantasy film that is set to open in November 2018. The film stars Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Mackenzie Foy (from “Interstellar” and “Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2”).
While it is not a dance movie, “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” does pay homage to the Christmas ballet classic with a special dance appearance by high-profile ballerina Misty Copeland.
The sneak peek lasts less than 2 minutes, but here are 5 things we can presume about the upcoming
And like the majority of those attractively wrapped presents under the tree, most of the big new movies Hollywood’s releasing for the holiday weekend may be nice to have, but aren’t quite what was wanted.
Along with a very good Western that ultimately overstays its welcome, we’ve got three wise auteurs who made decent but unsatisfying offerings and a once joyful, peppy franchise going one desperate sequel too far.
Still, there are pleasures to be had in all the new movies, akin to feeling toasty in that ugly sweater Aunt Ida got you at Walmart.
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Chance: Season 2: (Available on Hulu) Based on the novel by Kem Nunn, the psychological thriller star Hugh Laurie as Eldon Chance, a forensic neuropsychiatrist who consults with the police about crimes. Too often his own moral decisions are suspect, and Season 2 finds Chance being blackmailed to help a detective go after a serial killer. This leads the doctor into even more risky behavior, with the aid of his Nietzsche-quoting, knife-wielding, antique-furniture restoring friend “D” (Ethan Suplee). The series doesn’t break any new ground, but it’s a solid, well-told mystery, and
A little more than a week before last year’s presidential election, Liz Hannah sold her first screenplay, “The Post,” to former Sony studio head Amy Pascal.
In less than 14 months, the film, which opens in limited release on Friday, has become an Oscar contender.
Oh, and it’s directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.
The film tells the story of the Washington Post and its decision to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The leaked, top-secret documents detailed the escalation of the Vietnam War and showed that the U.S. government knew that
After months of anticipation, dozens of Star Wars fans were vocally angry when the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” began to roll with no sound at a Burbank theater Thursday night.
Several posts to social media show fuming fans standing in the lobby of the AMC Burbank 16, 125 Palm Ave., demanding management start the movie over again.
Star Wars at AMC Burbank had no sound. pic.twitter.com/aOxkvYJ3Hk
— Isaias Rodriguez (@ISA1AS3000) December 15, 2017
According to Twitter user, Isaias Rodriguez, theater management attempted to appease the angry fans by either moving them to another screening at the same