Oscar Nominations 2016

So it’s Oscar nomination day, an annual event I always looked forward to back when I had a day job. The announcement comes super-early — 5:38 a.m. Pacific time, to be exact, all the better to take advantage of morning TV news programs — but everyone’s in a good mood at the Academy headquarters in […]

10 Best Films of 2015

OK, people. No more cramming in screeners. No more dashing back and forth across town all day to see movies. Time to make the tough decisions about the best films of 2015. I try to keep a list going all year long to remind myself of what I’ve loved, and then I have to kill […]

Room

A24 Films Rated R for language. Running time: 118 minutes. Four stars out of four. This is one of those situations in which mere words seem insufficient in describing a film’s profoundly moving power. I can tell you this much, plainly and without shame: I sobbed throughout “Room,” about a mother and her 5-year-old son […]