| Jan 23, 2014
| 6:54 PM
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...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 5:28 PM
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...
| Jan 12, 2013
| 6:27 PM
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...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 1:24 PM
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...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 9:00 PM
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...
| Sep 23, 2010
| 6:44 PM
"The Town" proves that Ben Affleck's directing debut in "Gone, Baby Gone" was no fluke. He's delivered a solid crime caper with intriguing characters and strong performances, including his own.
"The Town" is a 1-square mile area of Boston's Charlestown,...
| Jan 27, 2011
| 8:13 PM
How was your day, dear?
Few movies are as timely as "The Company Men," which follows the lives of three corporate masters of the universe (Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones) after they are abruptly downsized by the same company.