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Female critics release award winners' names

Boyhood has been chosen as Best Film and Birdman received six awards, the most of any film, in the 2014 EDA Awards from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which Home Movies columnist Karen Martin is a member. Continue reading...

Home Movies

Love Is Strange, directed by Ira Sachs (R, 98 minutes) There's passion, there's love, and there's commitment. All three are major motifs in the bittersweet, beautifully told story of a long-term commitment at the heart of Love Is Strange. Continue reading...

Taken 3 takes No. 1 from Hobbit

Moviegoers were Taken again at the box office by Liam Neeson, as his Taken 3 opened to about $39 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters last weekend and pushed the third installment of the Hobbit out of first place. Continue reading...

Paddington

Launched by a much-loved children's book, A Bear Called Paddington (1958) by Michael Bond, which spawned yet more books, a clutch of TV series of varying quality, and oodles of merchandising, Paddington Bear is not a brand to be messed with lightly. The original stories' marmalade-flavored, quintessentially British tone of voice and the ursine orphan's episodic adventures don't seem immediately feature-friendly given the tales' lack of superpowers, princesses or stuff blowing up. Continue reading...

FILM CLIPS

At area theaters 75 ANNIE, PG In this remake of the stage and screen musical, Quvenzhane Wallis plays the title foster child who escapes her horrid foster mother, Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz), when a wealthy mayoral candidate (Jamie Foxx), in a campaign gimmick, takes her in, whereupon she turns his life, and that of everybody else around him, upside down. (118 minutes) Continue reading...

COMING ATTRACTIONS

(opening dates are tentative) Black Sea, R A submarine captain laid off by a salvage company makes a deal with a shadowy backer and forms a crew of English and Russian sailors to look for a storied sunken submarine reputed to be loaded with gold at the bottom of the Black Sea. Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

New this week American Sniper 88 R Clint Eastwood directs this bio-pic with Bradley Cooper as a U.S. Navy SEAL whose pinpoint accuracy during four tours of duty in Iraq saves countless lives but makes him a prime target for insurgents, and is meanwhile striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. And when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind. Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR READERS: I've been a "road warrior" for a long time, traveling to different cities and giving speeches for charity groups and civic organizations. I have learned a thing or two about packing. First off, everything in miniature, if possible. I refill small containers of liquid makeup, face moisturizer, baking soda (to brush teeth with) and lavender essential oil when I get home. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. You're teetering on the edge of adventure this new year. Not knowing what's next adds stress. Make a plan in February, and whether or not things follow, you'll feel better. March will feature new friends and responsibilities. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: A few weeks before Christmas, a group claiming to be pagans demanded the city take down its holiday decorations (although they aren't really Christian; just snowflakes, candy canes and things like that). Were they sincere, do you think, or just trying to get some attention? Continue reading...

Super Quiz: "Pie"

1. A platform supported on pillars used as a landing stage for boats Continue reading...

PREVIEWS Northwest Arkansas

New this week American Sniper 88 R Clint Eastwood directs this bio-pic with Bradley Cooper as a U.S. Navy SEAL whose pinpoint accuracy during four tours of duty in Iraq saves countless lives but makes him a prime target for insurgents, and is meanwhile striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. And when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind. Continue reading...

COMING ATTRACTIONS Northwest Arkansas

(opening dates are tentative) Black Sea, R A submarine captain laid off by a salvage company makes a deal with a shadowy backer and forms a crew of English and Russian sailors to look for a storied sunken submarine reputed to be loaded with gold at the bottom of the Black Sea. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyDirector James Cameron said Wednesday that writing three Avatar sequels is such a complex job that he's delaying the first new film a year. It will now be released in late 2017. Cameron plans to film the sequels at one time and then release the three films over consecutive years. The first had been due in late 2016, but he said the writing process had proved to be "very involved" and that the initial target date was probably too ambitious. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyRichard Linklater's 12-year commitment to the coming-of-age tale Boyhood is paying off with his first nomination from the Directors Guild of America, the organization announced Tuesday. Also nominated for their outstanding achievement in directing were first-time nominee Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for his dark show-business comedy Birdman. Inarritu was previously nominated for Babel. Both Anderson and Inarritu lost out to Linklater for the best director Golden Globe on Sunday. Continue reading...

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