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  • Reel Critics: A 'Shadow' of past thrillers

    Reel Critics: A 'Shadow' of past thrillers
    Author Tom Clancy created CIA agent Jack Ryan as the hero of several novels that became major films. The Ryan character has been played by Alec Baldwin in "The Hunt for Red October," Harrison Ford in "Patriot Games" and Ben Affleck in "The Sum of All Fears." Chris Pine now tackles the role of the hard-charging spy in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit."
  • Reel Critics: 'Argo' holds audience hostage

    Reel Critics: 'Argo' holds audience hostage
    It's a mark of great film-making when the retelling of history, with a known outcome, seizes us with suspense. Such is the case with "Argo," which had my heart racing within the first five minutes thanks to Ben Affleck's smart direction. It opens with...

    Carnett: The slings and arrows of award season

    Thank heaven the incessant hype is over. At least for a few months. "Our revels now are ended. These our actors, as I foretold you, were all spirits and are melted into air, into thin air.... We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little...

    Playing the Oscar game

     Playing the Oscar game
    It's time to play one of our favorite yearly games at Times Community News: Can You Outguess the Features Editor? And no, that's not a rhetorical question. You probably can. Last year, incurable Oscar junkie that I am, I challenged readers to beat my...

    The 'short' story of the Oscars

     The 'short' story of the Oscars
    By the time Kief Davidson got his Oscar nomination last week, he had gone through all the highs and lows of a Hollywood career: heartbreak, success, hopelessness and out-of-the-blue comebacks. And that was just between 3 and 5 a.m. The director, whose...