The gent at the Delta check-in counter back in New York sighed when he saw where I was headed. "Romantic Venezia!" he said, and the comment stopped me short, because film festivals located in the most beautiful settings in the world have a way of making you forget - almost - that you're in one of th ... More >>
Fiends and neighbors
Last night's National Board of Review dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street was a long but rewarding evening filled with gratitude and sass. Presenter Rosie O'Donnell ripped into Lars von Trier's movies and said it was OK for her to trash him; "I'll never work for him--or Woody Allen. Pedophile? Wh ... More >>
Plus Amy Ryan: not your everyday Jane
All the way out on the south shore of Staten Island lies a quiet, tucked-away community called the Cedar Grove Beach Club, a "poor man's Bermuda" for the few Staten Islanders who knew about it and summered there. That's all over now, as the city's Parks Department plans to turn the 200-acre p ... More >>
CLICK HERE for my new column in which I interview Oscar nominated Amy Ryan, who's in the new Philip Seymour Hoffman-directed movie in which she's a funeral home worker who romances a limo driver played by Hoffman himself. Ryan tells me about that film, her Oscar night for Gone Baby Gone, and ... More >>
Finally confirming the big lie, Hollywood-style
Melissa Leo nails her role as a struggling mom.
Watching a career sore. And hearing amid the praise for Day-Lewis: 'Huston. We have a problem.'
Wynonna's backwoods backstory (and other therapy issues)
Sibling rivalry. Daddy issues. Infidelity. Sidney Lumet crafts one hell of a melodrama
The Brothers Affleck come through with a complex, sophisticated Boston crime drama
Devout banter about a very different Bible class, plus sleuthing about Sleuth and ragging on Rita
Lodge Kerrigan's penetrating portrait of an addled mind refuses to keep its distance
What is Streetcar's dull competence good for? Showing what's not dull about Streetcar.
Is It Reinventing, or Just Recycling?