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Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
 Loosely based on actual events, this retelling of the Abscam sting of the 1970s is narrated by con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and his girlfriend Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams). She overlooks Irving’s marriage to unstable Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) because she enjoys the
10.17.2013 | | Posted at 05:31 PM
By David Luhrssen
  Upton Sinclair’s novel Oil! was the basis for Paul Thomas Anderson’s film There Will Be Blood, and director David Schimmer has spoken of adapting Sinclair’s most influential novel, The Jungle. But who remembers that the muckraking author took an active hand in filmmaking? That’s one of the revelations in Lauren Coodley’s cogent, critical biography, Upton Sinclair: ...
11.29.2010 | | Posted at 07:40 AM
By David Luhrssen
Nazi agents were working hard to bring the nations of Latin America into their camp during World War II. President Roosevelt’s response? Among other things, he sent Walt Disney and a team of artists from his studio on a good will tour of Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Germany might have had the Krupp canon but America had a better weapon in Mickey Mouse. Walt & El Grupo (out on DVD)...
Monday, July 7, 2008

Will WALL-E save the world?

Starting with Toy Story, Pixar Studios has produced the finest animated feature films for mainstream audiences since the days when Walt Disney was young. Pixar’s vivid animation was always executed with pioneering technology, but that would matter less if the scripts weren’t so funny, trenchant and intelligent. Even the dumbest Hollywood cartoon directors have figured out a formula to keep the kids happy and the adults amused. Pixar brings a more profound sophistication for a multi-generational audience, excelling beyond what contemporary Hollywood animated and live action movies usually achieve...