By the time Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's 2008 The Dark Knight was finally seen by critics and audiences, talk of a posthumous Oscar reached a fever pitch. Naturally, the inclination to compare Ledger's work to past posthumous landmarks proved tempting, and many list ... More >>
This week, this paper's film critics Alan Scherstul, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek discuss David O. Russell's American Hustle, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Disney's Saving Mr. Banks. They also recommend Despicable Me 2, the late Paul Walker's Hours and Compliance.
Shameless indulgence in the franchise's clichés, of course
This is the best baseline-competent action movie to come out all summer
Made for VG movie
A bloody, desolate Dublin
Yee-Haw Meets Yoruba at the Southern White Boy Blues-Rap and Soul-Country Crossroads
No Diesel, No Problem
Riding in Cars With Leelee
While U.S. officials bicker, weapons of mass destruction sit as easy pickings for international terrorists
What was gained by last week's bombing spree? No one knows.