“Understated” isn’t a word you’d ordinarily use to describe a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but that’s surprisingly what 12 Strong ends up being.
Susan Wloszczyna spent much of her nearly 30 years at USA TODAY as a senior entertainment reporter doing her dream job: Visiting the New Zealand film set of "The Lord of the Rings," being a zombie extra in George Romero’s "Land of the Dead" and interviewing countless show biz figures including icons (Vincent Price, Shirley Temple, Peter O’Toole, Mr. Rogers), A-list stars (George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Sandra Bullock, Denzel Washington) and big-name filmmakers (Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Jane Campion, Nancy Meyers, Spike Lee, Wes Anderson and Alexander Payne).
Her positions at the newspaper included being a film reviewer for twelve years as well as the Life section copy desk chief. Now unchained from the grind of daily journalism, she is ready to view the world of movies with fresh eyes.
Such exposure can only improve a contender's chance of gaining a berth in an acting category.
Brett Morgen and Jane Goodall talk about the creation and history behind their enthralling new documentary, "Jane."
A number of Oscar contenders have impressed this year with their abundance of talent onscreen.
"Mudbound," "Darkest Hour," "Lady Bird" and other exciting new films received special presentations at the Virginia festival.
A column on the lack of diversity in this year's potential Oscar nominees.
A look at the contenders for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress this year and how many of them play a historically-beloved role for Oscar, the mother.
An interview with author Jeannette Walls about "The Glass Castle," a new family drama based off her memoir.
A comparison of the 1971 and 2017 versions of "The Beguiled."
Writer/director Amy Heckerling takes a look back at her career.
An interview with the one and only Norman Lear.