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 […]

Five Great Gus Van Sant Movies

Tomorrow, I get to travel to Portland — a city I’ve never been to, strangely enough — for fewer than 24 hours for work. Getting ready for this trip got me thinking about Gus Van Sant, who has set so many of his movies in his adopted hometown in the Pacific Northwest. So I went […]

On Robin Williams, 1951-2014

Christmas Day, 1997. Chris and I had just gotten married two months earlier and moved back to Dallas, where I’d gone to college at Southern Methodist University, because he had a great producing gig at the local Fox TV station, KDFW. Chris was stuck working on that holiday, as journalists so often must when they’re […]

What the Flick?! — The Monuments Men

George Clooney, as director, co-writer and star, put together an impressive cast to tell the story of a group of art historians who went behind enemy lines during World War II to recover millions of paintings and scultpures that Hitler stole. But the film is strangely dull and tonally off, and watching Clooney interact with […]

Revisiting Mindy Kaling & Matt & Ben

The insanely likable and talented Mindy Kaling has been at the center of debate lately because of her ELLE magazine cover — or rather, because of what we don’t see of her: any part of her body from the chest down. While the other actresses (Zooey Deschanel, Amy Poehler and Allison Williams) adorning various versions […]

Five Most — Las Vegas Movies

This weekend, I’m heading to Las Vegas for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, a blast of a race that takes runners up and down the Strip at night. Lights glitter and flash, bands play every mile or so and the street is packed with runners dressed as Elvis impersonators, brides and grooms (because there’s […]

What the Flick?! — Elysium

We’re looking forward to the quality health care that will be available to us in the future — a post-apocalyptic future, naturally — in this sci-fi thriller from the director of the excellent “District 9.”