Animated western 'Rango' stars Johnny Depp, in one of his best roles, as a chameleon.
Actors are paid for their way with words. Colin Firth had to go above and beyond his usual craft to come up with a credible stammer for his Oscar-winning role in 'The King's Speech,' which also won Best Picture.
Forget Matt Damon. Filmmakers outside America are more likely to favor moral heroism over physical heroism. Meet India's Salman Khan.
To some, the Academy Awards are nothing more than a meaningless, self-indulgent spectacle. But to others, the Oscars are really an insipid, decadent pseudo-event. No matter what your opinion, the event produces a lot of Hollywood trivia.
In ‘Of Gods and Men,’ eight French monks living in the Algerian mountains choose humanity, not escape when faced with a chilling threat.
Filmed in Botswana, ‘The Last Lions’ is a haunting portrait of a mother defending her young.
In 'Hall Pass,' two husbands plunge into chasing women after being granted a week off from their marriages by their wives in this crass comedy.
Montreal-based drama 'Heartbeats' is a modern take on the love triangle with a hipper twist.
Oscar predictions 2011: The Monitor's film critic Peter Rainer picks which movies, and which actors, should win in five major Oscar categories. Best picture, best director, best actor, best actress, and best documentary. Do you agree?
James Franco and Anne Hathaway are the youngest to have hosted the Oscars. The choice has people guessing: Why were Franco and Hathaway chosen to host the 83rd annual Academy Awards? And why two hosts?
Set in Bolivia, 'Even the Rain' equates the struggles of the country's modern-day peasants to those of Columbus's day in a sort of elergy to the oppressed.
Halle Berry gives a gutsy performance as Frankie Murdoch in 'Frankie and Alice,' the story of a stripper with multiple personality disorder.
'Vidal Sassoon: The Movie' offers a carefully coiffed look into the life of the legendary hairdresser.
In the high-stakes thriller 'Unknown,' Liam Neeson plays a biotech scientist chasing down shadowy terrorists.
The comedy 'Cedar Rapids' takes an inordinate number of wrong turns, but it also has an inordinate number of good laughs mixed in with the not-so-good ones.
Doggedness and serendipity set up a small film's big success.
However you slice it, 'The Eagle' is hokum, but modern-day Scots may get a kick out of the film’s depiction of their ancestors.
Adam Sandler plays a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon in 'Just Go With It,' a fumbling comedy that could have benefitted from surgical reconstruction.
'Cold Weather' director Aaron Katz has a marvelous feel for the drizzly spaciousness of Portland, and the film has an unfussy, unforced pokiness that’s very pleasing.
Vladan Nikolic's 'Zenith' doesn't always work, but at least it has interesting ambitions, including some sort of parallel existence on interactive websites.