Philip Martin

Columnist: Philip Martin

Jennifer Christman

Weekend Editor, Columnist: Jennifer Christman


Leonard Nimoy, famous as Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, announced last year that he suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which he attributed to years of smoking.



(opening dates are tentative) Chappie, R Sharlto Copley plays the title role, a droid who is part of an oppressive mechanized police force until he's stolen, given new programming and becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.

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PREVIEWS Northwest Arkansas

New this week Focus 77 R Will Smith plays a seasoned master of misdirection who gets involved in a dangerous con game against a young, attractive former protege (Margot Robbie).

Citizenfour touts politics of panic

"I'm a little concerned, the more we focus on that, the more they're going to use that as a distraction," world-famous whistleblower Edward Snowden tells filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald in Citizenfour, Poitras' documentary about Snowden, which won an Academy Award on Sunday night. In that scene, shot before Snowden went public, Snowden is concerned about the mass media's obsession with personalities.

MovieStyle: Popularity watch

More than anything else, the annual Academy Awards telecast demonstrates the real gap between the movies that win Oscars and the movies that people go see.

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Names and faces

Jimmy Page started the project because he couldn't believe how bad Led Zeppelin sounded. The legacy of the band he'd devoted much of his life to was being muddied by the way its classic studio albums sounded when reproduced on the ubiquitous MP3 players that are popular today.

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Birdman soars with best picture, director

For the third time in four years, Hollywood's top honor went to a story mostly about itself: Birdman won best picture at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night.

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Oscar winners

List of winners at Sunday's 87th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Simmons, Arquette rewarded with Oscars

Editor's note: Because of inclement-weather deadlines and the lateness of the Academy Awards ceremony, this article does not offer full coverage of the awards. Coverage will be available on arkansasonline.com and in Tuesday's edition.

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Oscars more about glitzy show itself than films

Tonight people in Hollywood will give each other trophies and make speeches expressing their gratitude to the many people who helped them achieve whatever the statuette they hold in their hands symbolizes. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual awards presentation is one of the few communal experiences left to us, one of the rituals of obligation that knits this large and diverse nation together. Like the Super Bowl, it is a secular rite that's less important for the winners and losers it identifies than for the fact of its existence.

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Strapped for answers, we racked our brains to fill this list

We use our gray matter to find 50 positive things about the experience of seeing bondage/domination film Fifty Shades of Grey that have nothing to do with sex.

Zimbabwe edits out Fifty Shades scenes

Zimbabweans going to the movies had to watch a tame version of Fifty Shades of Grey after censors ordered an edit of the film adaption of the bestselling erotic novel. Now the film has been removed by movie distributors who say the edits hack away too much of the story.

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Hispanic high school runners, white coach learn teamwork in McFarland, USA

Unlike a lot of sports movies "based on a true story," Niki Caro's McFarland, USA actually unfolds like one.

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Mean girls, crude guys, goofy teachers: The DUFF unfolds in the familiar terrain of High School According to the Movies, bringing its particular lessons in survival to age-old quandaries about popularity, identity and what to wear to homecoming. More a middle-of-the-road rom-com than a teen-spirit sendup, the pic weaves its lighthearted mix of silly and serious with increasingly heavy-handed spiels on self-esteem.

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Oscar-nominated live-action short films

The 2015 theatrical release of Oscar-nominated short films has some unusually strong offerings this year, at least in the live-action category.

Oscar-nominated animated short films

Narrative's the name of the game in the animated shorts competing for this year's Academy Award, with even fewer nods toward abstraction than were found among last year's selections. If their stories only challenge viewers in one or two instances, though, crowd appeal should be stronger for this lineup than for the other three Oscar programs assembled for theaters and video on demand by Shorts HD.