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 […]

Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens

Walt Disney Pictures. PG-13 for sci-fi action violence. Running time: 135 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four. You guys have all seen “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens” by now, right? So I can go ahead and wallow in all the spoilers? Actually, I wouldn’t dream of it. Not here, […]

Ex Machina

A24 Films Rated R for graphic nudity, language, sexual references and some violences. Running time: 108 minutes. Four stars out of four. “Ex Machina” is the best movie I’ve seen all year. Granted, it’s April. At the beginning of the year — especially the months of January and February — it’s notoriously dumping-ground time. But […]

10 Best Films of 2014

Every year, I say how hard it is to narrow down my best-of list to just 10 titles. But this year, it was especially true. Looking back on my favorite movies of 2014, I definitely see a theme emerging: otherworldly beings on the prowl in the middle of the night. I wonder what that says […]

Hollywood’s Biggest Morning

Oscar nominations morning is actually really fun, despite the ungodly hour. For years, I’d cover the nominations from the Academy on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills alongside all the other reporters and producers. Everyone’s in a good mood, if a bit bleary-eyed, buzzing on a combination of caffeine and expectation. This morning, I rolled out […]