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02.24.2014 | | Posted at 06:20 PM

Reading the Signs for Hollywood’s Big Night

By David Luhrssen
  Reality will be inescapable at this year’s Academy Awards. Six of the nine Best Picture nominees are “based on a true story.” It’s a curious turn, given that so many top moneymakers are fantasies drawn from comic books or young adult fiction. Perhaps “reality based” pictures hold more gravitas for a Motion Picture Academy whose members have always wanted to be...
02.12.2014 | | Posted at 11:32 AM
By David Luhrssen
      Twenty-thirteen was Matthew McConaughey’s breakthrough year. He played an admirable assortment of roles, none as prominent as his star turn in Dallas Buyers Club. Odds are in his favor: he’ll take the trophy for Best Actor on Oscar night for his performance in that film. Out on DVD and Blu-ray, Dallas Buyers Club is also a likely Oscar vehicle for J...
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
 This sequel to the 1999 film was conceived at a cast reunion dinner. The reunion concept carried over to a plot that finds the friends reuniting 15 years after college. Taye Diggs returns as protagonist Harper Stewart, with Sanaa Lathan playing his wife. Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard