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Five favorite Denzel Washington roles

Article: Five favorite Denzel Washington roles

Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, we’re showing one of the best cop dramas around: “Training Day.” Denzel Washington won the Academy Award for  his portrayal of  the dirtiest cop ever. Or at least the dirtiest cop this side of Harvel Keitel in “Bad Lieutenant.” Ethan Hawke plays wide-eyed rookie detective-in-training Jake Hoyt who can’t quite…

Why is Denzel Washington playing it “Safe”?

Article: Why is Denzel Washington playing it “Safe”?

Everybody likes Denzel Washington. A steady film presence for 25 years, he’s won two Oscars, been nominated for three others, and been a consistently reliable box office performer. Perhaps even more importantly, he’s never jumped up and down on Oprah’s couch, never been indicted for tax evasion, and never been caught by TMZ making drunken,…

Shelf Life: “Malcolm X”

Article: Shelf Life: “Malcolm X”

The Sundance Film Festival is a bonanza for cinephiles because it offers them a unique and early opportunity to experience movies yet to be released and filmmakers yet to be discovered. But just as much, it’s an opportunity for film fans to reconnect with the artists who inspired them to love the medium in the…

Health care in the movies.

Article: Health care in the movies.

Listening to the conflicting chatter about the recent health care reform bill sometimes reminds me of that old “Simpsons” bit where aliens Kang and Kodos are running for president. As “Bob Dole,” Kang tackles abortion: “Abortions for all.” Boos. “Very well, no abortions for anyone.” Boos. “Hmm… Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others.”…

The Good Book

Article: The Good Book

Sometimes it’s the small moments. As in life, in a movie one little thing can have the power to send you into a bittersweet reverie of love lost, or fill your heart with enigmatic emotions. For me, it usually involves music. There are too many music-in-movie moments throughout the history of cinema to discuss here,…

Comic-Con: “The Book of Eli” Panel

Article: Comic-Con: “The Book of Eli” Panel

Denzel Washington saves the world in the upcoming “The Book of Eli,” set in an apocalyptic American and directed by identical twins Albert and Allen Hughes (of “From Hell,”) with Mila Kunis co-starring and Gary Oldman playing, of course, the baddie. The story reminded the Hughes brothers of the original “Planet of the Apes,” mixing…

The Timing of “Pelham 1 2 3″

Article: The Timing of “Pelham 1 2 3″

I first saw Joseph Sargent’s original “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” at Film Forum less than a month before September 11th. The theater’s later revival of the classic 1974 heist movie unspooled two weeks after the blackout of 2003. The coincidental timing of both engagements reinforced what makes Sargent’s film (with a script…

What’s Old is New Again

Article: What’s Old is New Again

This week sees a couple of golden oldies trotted out alongside the customary summertime family fun, docs on science both good and bad, and another lesson from the Tony Scott school of flash-bang filmmaking. Download this in audio form (MP3: 9:09 minutes, 12.6 MB) Subscribe to the In Theaters podcast: [XML] [iTunes] “Betty Blue: The…

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