David Ansen

Movies: Love That Dares to Speak Its Name

Christopher Isherwood met Don Bachardy on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1953. Isherwood, the celebrated author of "Goodbye to Berlin," was 49, a rebellious upper-class Brit, world traveler and running partner of W.

Documentary: Steroids, an All-American Arms Race

I went into the new documentary "Bigger, Stronger, Faster*" expecting an exposé of steroid use in sports. What I got was something far more provocative and ambivalent: a meditation both personal and political on our culture's obsession with winning at any cost.

Review: 'The Edge of Heaven'

Director Fatih Akin brings his unusual German-Turkish perspective to his emotionally stunning new film, "The Edge of Heaven."

Ansen on Tina Fey and Helen Hunt

'Baby Mama,' with Tina Fey, knows what it wants: laughs. Helen Hunt's 'Then She Found Me' isn't so sure-footed—but it could have been the better movie.

Fun With Mick & Keith

Scorsese's 'Shine a Light' proves that, after all these years, the Rolling Stones still gather no moss.

TV: HBO's 'Drab' John Adams

In many costume dramas, clothes can make the film, or break it. HBO's miniseries 'John Adams' is the exception. It's fab even when it looks drab.

Ansen's Oscar Picks

And lest you doubt him, you should know that you do not want to compete with this guy in an office pool.

An Oscar for the Ages

The 1967 best-picture race wasn't the usual face-off. It marked a shift in Hollywood, and in the culture.

Ansen on Sundance

Our critic sat through 24 films at Sundance—here's what he enjoyed the most

There Will Be Oscars

At least we think there will be, which is why we collected these likely acting nominees for our 11th Oscar roundtable. They're a lot of fun, and they've got lots to say. Best of all: they didn't need writers.

The Best Movies of 2007

When asked to come up with his 10 favorite films of 2007, our critic wondered, 'Why stop there?'

A Visit to 'The Orphanage'

I used to love horror movies, but now I tend to dread screen dread. It's not that I've grown too old and jaded to be scared—nobody outgrows fear—but the new breed of horror movies, pitched almost exclusively at young male moviegoers, are more interested in sensationalism than insinuation.

Review: 'Persepolis'

Directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. With voices of Gabrielle Lopes, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve.

Making a Killing in Oil

'There Will Be Blood': A fierce California tycoon loves money almost as much as he hates everything else.