In Thor: The Dark World, he's the god who slums it on earth.
A giant adventure's old-fashioned spirit
The nominations will be announced tomorrow morning, but you might as well just go by this list, which has been officially certified by the Dionne Warwick Psychic Hotline. BEST PICTURE (Ranked in descending order of likelihood) 1--The Artist 2--The Descendants 3--The Help 4--Hugo 5--Mo ... More >>
Two of the candidates for this year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar are really extraordinary old people. Christopher Plummer shines in Mike Mills's Beginners as the father of the Mills character (played by Ewan McGregor), who comes out of the closet at 75 and really starts to live. Plummer himself i ... More >>
Contenders are piling up in the theaters-here are the ones to watch
I just saw My Week With Marilyn at the New York Film Festival, and it turns out to be a sweet and incisive true story about a production assistant's interplay with the screen legend during the tumultuous filming of The Prince and the Showgirl. The gofer, Colin Clark (played with youthful wonder by ... More >>
This Friday, director Kenneth Branagh improbably meets Marvel comics when the big budget adventure Thor opens, bringing armour--and amour--down to earth from the realm of Asgard. I saw the flick last night in 3D--or actually in the West 30s--and star Chris Hemsworth turns out to be one of th ... More >>
But that brother from another mother sure does steal his thunder.
With Julie Taymor's The Tempest on the horizon, starring Helen Mirren as a vengeful lady magician, one is tempted to look back at all the classic filmed versions of the bard's plays and magically pick one's faves, forsooth. To see or not to see? Some of the best in my highbrow memory bank h ... More >>
The risky business of plotting to kill Hitler
Nazism continues to be shorthand in our popular culture for evil incarnate, but in recent years our received moral assumptions about World War II have been challenged by two landmark movies--Paul Verhoeven's Black Book and Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows. While acknowledging the bravery of th ... More >>
Our colleagues at Sound of the City have already advised you give Steven Soderburgh's Che a miss, but we expect the film will draw because, as everyone has been saying since it was announced, it's perfect casting -- "Benicio Del Toro is Che Guevara." Audiences love to see celebrities impersonate ot ... More >>
Feminist Carol Gilligan writes a book in her own different voice
Devout banter about a very different Bible class, plus sleuthing about Sleuth and ragging on Rita
He Stoops to Conquer
The Many Sides of Indie Film's Newest Siren
The Importance of Ernest
The Year in Princely Cock-Ups
A tale of art, sex, and salvation
A Winter Movie Preview
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''In Rounders, John Malkovich chewed so much scenery that it's a wonder there were any card tables left.''