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Posted on 30 Jan 2015 at 6:00am

The Oscar nominated animated, live action and doc shorts begin their runs There’s never been much of a commercial market for short films, unless you count the cartoons lucky enough to claim a spot before certain animated films or documentaries that HBO picks up for later broadcast. But shorts are some of the most interesting [...]

International Film Critics name ‘Boyhood’ best film of last 2 years

Posted on 28 Jan 2015 at 8:18am

International Film Critics name ‘Boyhood’ best film, director, supporting actress of last 2 years

AT THE MOVIES: ‘2 Days,’ ‘Humbling’

Posted on 23 Jan 2015 at 7:20am

Jennifer Aniston is still getting sympathy for being passed over for an Oscar nom for Cake (see my review), but if you want to do a side-by-side comparison to the woman regarded as taking her slot, check out Marion Cotillard, pictured, in Two Days, One Night. She plays a woman destined to lose her job, [...]

I got pain

Posted on 23 Jan 2015 at 7:20am

2 new releases, ‘Still Alice’ and ‘Cake,’ plumb the psychology of illness ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor I’m just gonna say it: Jennifer Aniston was robbed. Sure, when news broke last month that she had been nominated for a SAG Award and a Golden Globe (for best actress in a drama, no less!), a [...]

Add ‘Vice’

Posted on 09 Jan 2015 at 6:15am

Which of the new crop of films are worth seeing? Most of them:  ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘Selma,’ ‘Mr. Turner’ Inherent Vice Paul Thomas Anderson is one of those newish breed of filmmakers (along with David O. Russell, J.C. Chandor, Bennett Miller and Jason Reitman) who strikes me as self-consciously trying to be un artiste. (Gus Van [...]

The year in entertainment 2014: Screen

Posted on 26 Dec 2014 at 6:30am

Critical rankings of the best of 2014 in film, stage, television and books   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES   At the movies in 2014, it was about time. No, literally. Time was all over. Whether you’re talking the 12 years it took to film Boyhood, showing a child from adolescence into manhood, or the space-time disconnect [...]

Still Richard

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 7:25am

As the Alzheimer’s drama ‘Still Alice’ garners acclaim, its makers, gay couple Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, deal with their own health tragedy Partners in life and filmmaking, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland may have bestowed Julianne Moore with a role that could finally net her an Oscar. Adapted from Lisa Genova’s novel of the [...]

Magic to do

Posted on 19 Dec 2014 at 6:00am

Sorcery and song dominate a rich holiday season of moviegoing: ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Into the Woods,’ ‘Annie,’ ‘The Imitation Game,’ ‘The Gambler,’ ‘Unbroken’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor The year got off to a slow start, movie-wise. From New Year’s Day until the end of summer, only one film — Boyhood — really stuck out. [...]

Ben Whishaw: The gay interview

Posted on 18 Dec 2014 at 8:53am

As our final lead-up to The Hollywood Issue on Friday, we offer up an interview with the notoriously private Ben Whishaw, who — aside from his work in films like Skyfall and Cloud Atlas — will be appearing soon in Paddington and the supernatural drama Lilting. Lawrence Ferber tracked down Whishaw and Lilting’s writer/director Hong Khaou. [...]

DFW Film Critics name ‘Birdman’ best of 2014

Posted on 15 Dec 2014 at 10:04am

The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, of which I am a voting member, named the fantasy Birdman as the top film of 2014 in its annual poll