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Film: Men at Work

A subtle Matt Damon guides The Good Shepherd, while The History Boys opens up a successful stage play

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The Good Shepherd is the best Martin Scorsese film since Goodfellas. The brooding, thoughtful script from Eric Roth (The Insider, Munich) examines the early days of the Central Intelligence Agency  

Film: Motown Redux

Entertaining Dreamgirls hits the right notes

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 20, 2006
We walk side by side through life, but we might never fully understand one another's worlds: those who embrace musicals and those who don't. For some, the unabashed emotionalism of swingin', si  

Film: In Dramatic Pursuit

Will Smith and son power The Pursuit of Happyness

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 13, 2006
The new Will Smith vehicle The Pursuit of Happyness got me thinking. As an African-American film critic, I often find myself questioning the intentions of filmmakers and, more often than not, the  

Film: A Capote Carol

On page, stage and screen the author is the ghost of Christmas past

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 13, 2006
In Douglas McGrath's Infamous, this year's film about Truman Capote and the creation of In Cold Blood, the writer (an uncanny Toby Jones) and his friend Nelle Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock) find th  

Film: Local Goods

The Greater Good showcases our deep local talent pool and resources

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 6, 2006
A group of organized crime bosses gather in an empty office building in Morristown, N.J., to hear the pitch: Help execute a terrorist attack in the center of Manhattan and walk away with enough m  

Film: Behind the Bling

Blood Diamond exposes the seedy side of the international diamond trade

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Director Ed Zwick likes to make big-budget, A-list-star action dramas that also have what he calls "meat on the bone" -- they're about something timely and/or politically important. Glory conc  

Film: Making a List

Yes, Virginia, there are alternative Christmas flicks

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Every few years, late in December, I like to revisit my favorite holiday film. It's a bona fide black-and-white classic about a despondent character who attempts suicide on Christmas Eve only to   

Film: Searching for Bobby

Emilio Estevez brings his longtime passion to the screen

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Emilio Estevez still doesn't know why, but one day in 2000 he and his brother Charlie Sheen found themselves doing a photo shoot at Los Angeles' long-closed but still infamous Ambassador Hotel.  

Film: The Third 'D'?

Director Liam Lynch discusses his role in Tenacious D

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 29, 2006
George Martin was credited as the fifth Beatle for his contributions as the band's producer. Martin signed the four lads from Liverpool because somewhere beneath their raw talent he heard the sou  

Film: Unearthing the Underground

Paul Rachman's documentary American Hardcore revisits the music scene's early roots

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Who knew? When I occasionally visited the Cincinnati-area Hardcore Punk bars of the early 1980s -- Newport's spacious but grimy Jockey Club and the smaller Brew House in Walnut Hills -- the rebel  

Film: Picture This

Steven Shainberg's Fur investigates the early inspiration of Diane Arbus

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 21, 2006
When asked the dreaded question, filmmaker Steven Shainberg actually coughs on his espresso in his hotel suite and then struggles to clear his throat. He really dislikes it! But here it is, anyw  

Film: Love Across Centuries

Visionary director Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain is too dizzy

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Metaphysical space-age imaginings counter the death of a loved one in writer/director Darren Aronofsky's visually stunning yet superficial fantasy The Fountain. Tommy (Hugh Jackman) is a scienti  

Film: Visceral Visions

Babel is director Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest raw-nerved exploration

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Alejandro González Iñárritu's movies are like emotional grenades, explosive visions that leave audiences raw-nerved and spent. The Mexican director's 2000 debut, Amores Perros (L  

Film: He's Baaack

Daniel Craig injects life into the James Bond series

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 15, 2006
All fears surrounding the future of cinema's longest running franchise are put to rest with Daniel Craig (Layer Cake) more than capably filling 007's shoes in a Bond film that shatters formula c  

Film: Strange Choices

Life and art collide in Stranger than Fiction

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 8, 2006
During an interview for his latest film, Stranger than Fiction, a professorial Dustin Hoffman shares an intriguing anecdote about a scenario that fueled many a late-night debate among his unemplo