Arts & Entertainment

DIFF recognizes best of the best

The 2011 Durango Independent Film Festival came to a festive close Sunday night with the annual awards ceremony at the Henry Strater Theatre.Master of Ceremonies John Rubano was back for a second...

DATE: March 7, 2011 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

‘Country Strong’ a throwback to ’50s

“Country Strong” is one of the best movies of 1957, and I mean that sincerely as a compliment. Lee Remick would have been terrific in this movie – as good as Gwyneth Paltrow is. We live now in more...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Director Blake Edwards dies in Southern California

LOS ANGELES – When Julie Andrews began writing her 2008 autobiography, Home, her husband, Blake Edwards, had just one piece of advice: “Characters make your story.”In an up-and-down career that...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2010 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Sundance Film Festival attracts big names this year

LOS ANGELES – They may be low-budget independent films, but the premieres at next month’s Sundance Film Festival are loaded with stars, including Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2010 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

National Board of Review lauds ‘Social Network’

NEW YORK — The National Board of Review, widely considered a harbinger of the Academy Awards, has chosen “The Social Network” as the best film of the year.The NBR lavished a total of four awards on...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2010 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

5 most irresistible guilty-pleasure films

LOS ANGELES – It’s OK, we’re all friends here. This is a safe place – you don’t have to be ashamed.We all have movies we secretly adore, ones that are so bad, they’re good. These are movies that...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2010 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Keep it on! Keep it all on!

The burlesque shows in “Burlesque” feature no nudity, no striptease, no baggy-pants comedians and no performers with names like Porsche Galore.Other than that, the shows are identical to the...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2010 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

‘Three Days’ could have done more

Russell Crowe slumps comfortably into the role of a junior college teacher in “The Next Three Days,” and then morphs into an unlikely man of action determined to spring his wife from jail.The film...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2010 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

‘Harry’ and friends start down the road to finale

LONDON – The minister of magic proclaims that dark times have arisen in the opening moments of the new “Harry Potter” film – and the turmoil that follows lives up to that billing.“Harry Potter and...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2010 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

War hawk? Dove? ‘Restrepo’ is for you

Afghanistan war hawks should see this movie. Afghanistan war doves also should see this movie. Those flying in the middle without an opinion will likely have one after they see this movie....

DATE: Nov. 15, 2010 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

‘Unstoppable’: The name says it all

The train pulls out of a siding with no engineer on board and accelerates to 70 mph, and you see how Tony Scott’s “Unstoppable” gets its title. The movie is as relentless as the train, slowly...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2010 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

Library series offers preview of PBS’ best programs

Bliss Bruen is one of those “leap before you look” types, and Durango’s a better place for it.Never one to shy away from a good cause, Bruen offered to take the point in bringing PBS’ Independent...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2010 | CATEGORY: Film and TV

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