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Oscar races feeling throes of 3-D’s rise

Imagine if Oscar voters in 1939 saw “The Wizard of Oz” only in black and white. Would they have nominated the film for best picture and best visual effects if …


DVD releases: ‘American’ killer gets another shot

Available on DVD this week: “The American”: Melancholy and lyrical character study starring George Clooney as an assassin who hides out in Italy for one last assignment. (1:45; R for …


3 George Lucas movies among Library of Congress selections

Darth Vader proclaiming he’s Luke Skywalker’s father, Tony Manero preening in his underwear and an early 20th-century deaf activist speaking in sign language are among the images that will be …


Review: Film series one too many with ‘Little Fockers’

You know a comedy franchise has hit rock bottom when, within the first 15 minutes of a movie, you’ve been forced to watch an obese man receiving an enema and …


DVD releases: ‘Wall Street’ sequel offers revenge

Available on DVD this week: “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”: Oliver Stone’s bookend to his brazenly entertaining 1987 film attempts to explain the 2008 banking bubble through the story of …


Filmmaker wants to make King’s epic

The creations of Stephen King have been keeping people up at night for decades, but Ron Howard has been losing sleep lately for a different reason. The Oscar-winning filmmaker is …


Review: Coens deliver beautiful, smart, well-acted ‘Grit’

The pioneering Coen brothers don’t blaze new territory with “True Grit.” And that’s just fine, pardners, because these highfalutin’ boys sure know how to rassle up one spitfire of a …


Review: ‘King’s Speech’ hits right note at every turn

“The King’s Speech” is the kind of handsomely photographed, weighty-yet-uplifting period drama that seems to arrive amid great fanfare come awards time each year. It’s based on a true story …


Firth generating Oscar buzz as king in ‘The King’s Speech’

Academy Awards voters love a great performance as a British monarch. And they love a great performance embodying a disability. Colin Firth, who earned his first Oscar nomination for last …


Alongside acting heavyweights, teen’s the real deal in ‘Grit’

It’s not child’s play, stealing scenes from Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. But in the new “True Grit,” 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld not only holds her own against those …


Bridges revisits virtual reality of ‘Tron’

Jeff Bridges has been reacquainting himself with old friends. First, he follows up on his best-actor Oscar win for “Crazy Heart” with “Tron: Legacy,” in theaters today, a return to …


Review: Portman’s star power punctuates ‘Black Swan’

“I had the craziest dream last night, about a girl who was turned into a swan,” Natalie Portman says, tremulously, in the early going of “Black Swan.” But it can’t …


Review: Cast, story elevate ‘Fighter’ to victory

There’s so much natural drama in the real boxing story of half-brothers Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, all director David O. Russell had to do was cast the right people …


DVD releases: ‘The Town’ brings out Affleck’s best

Available this week: “The Town”: Ben Affleck stars in and directed this compelling crime thriller, about a band of Boston bank robbers and the relationship one falls into with their …


Review: ‘How Do You Know’ lands with thud

How do you know when a film is horrible? When it’s “How Do You Know,” it’s pretty obvious. Nothing about this would-be romantic comedy ever gels – neither the romance …


Review: ‘Tron’ takes a rough ride

At long last: a movie to make the two “Matrix” sequels, the two “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequels and “The Last Airbender” seem positively restrained and comprehensible. “TRON: Legacy: – …


Movie review: Lifeless ‘Yogi Bear’ deserves better fate

A combination of Borscht Belt comedian and Hanna-Barbera animation, Yogi Bear was a clever enough creation that more than 50 years later, we still can’t help but impersonate his “pic-a-nic” …


DVD releases: A dazzling, but dizzy, noir

Available this week: “Inception”: Christopher Nolan’s epically silly, overwrought noir stars Leonardo DiCaprio as an international dream thief who enters people’s subconsciouses and messes with their minds. The dazzling visuals, …


Christmas movies scarce as new approaches dry up

This year, the role of Grinch will be played by Hollywood. The release of new Christmas movies long has been as much a tradition of the season as the annual …


Avoid ‘Tourist’ as your movie destination

In “The Tourist,” Johnny Depp is asked to play a bland American everyman, in the fashion of Cary Grant in “North by Northwest” or Jimmy Stewart in “The Man Who …


Latest ‘Narnia’ outing beautiful but uninspired

C.S. Lewis began the third book in his Narnia series, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” this way: “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved …


Producers hope third ‘Narnia’ film can replicate success of first

Moviegoers will see all sorts of miracles in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” including a painting that springs to life, a star that becomes incarnate …


Holiday-themed must-sees are mostly perennial favorites

Deck the halls and warm up the DVR: A veritable blizzard of holiday-themed fare is about to blow into your television sets. Once again the broadcast networks and cable channels …


State film incentives in peril

A report that recommends Washington renew a 4-year-old program that supports movie, television and commercial production was forwarded to lawmakers Wednesday by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee. The …


Netflix offering a streaming-only plan to customers

SAN FRANCISCO – Netflix is preparing for the day when getting DVDs by mail is as old-fashioned as going to the video store. It’s hoping to wean people from DVDs …


Blockbuster launches comeback with ad blitz

After years of losses and store closures, Blockbuster Inc. has a message for the country: We’re still here. The once dominant movie-rental chain, which is undergoing Chapter 11 reorganization, will …


Aguilera, Cher save cliched ‘Burlesque’

Every movie has a few cliches. You’ve just got to finesse them. In “Burlesque,” writer/director Steve Antin lays on the cliches with a trowel, delivering a showbiz tale packed with …


DVD releases: ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ a journey of self-discovery

“Eat Pray Love” – Julia Roberts stars as soul-searching scribe Elizabeth Gilbert in this slick, scenic but ultimately shallow adaptation of the best-selling memoir about a woman’s year in Italy, …


‘127 Hours’ filmed with heart, beauty

Others heard the real-life story of rock climber Aron Ralston’s days-long ordeal, trapped by a boulder that pinned down his arm, and winced. Director Danny Boyle saw a tale of …


Awkward screenplay undercuts ‘Love’ bond

The studio bills Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway’s “Love & Other Drugs” as an unconventional love story. Maybe a bit, in its unusual setting – the world of prescription drug …