The Oranges

I attended a screening of The Oranges as the last hot, steamy days of summer trailed off, and beside wanting to see a film with so many favorite actors (Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener), I relished the thought of spending 90 minutes watching a holiday comedy set in the weeks between Thanksgiving […]


Trishna opens with a quartet of well-to-do British Asian guys, all in their 20s and currently stoned to varying degrees, rating the places they’ve just visited on their India trip.  As their holidays end, they twice cross paths with the 19-year-old Trishna (Freida Pinto) and one of them, Jay (British-Pakistani-Indian actor and rapper Riz Ahmed) […]

Tyler Perry – desi boy

Friends have often heard me say that I think Tyler Perry’s movies have a lot in common with Hindi flic from the ’80s and ’90s (family-oriented, heavy doses of music, humor and drama) and today, during a live online chat to promote his next release (Madea’s Witness Protection), one had to look no further than […]

Oliver Hirschbiegel interview, pt. 2

This is the second half of my interview with director Oliver Hirschbiegel.   His film Five Minutes of Heaven, which stars Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt, opens today. Maria:   You got so many the details of the time and place so right (the Ford Cortina, the Georgie Best poster, etc.).   One image I […]

Oliver Hirschbiegel interview, pt. 1

This Friday an amazing film – Five Minutes of Heaven – opens in NYC and the UK, and I can’t urge you enough to check it out (I’ve already seen it twice in as many weeks last month).   You can watch the trailer here.   Each subsequent Friday after August 21st it will open […]