Recent content from Cynthia Dickison
"Joker" led the pack with 11 nominations. Here are our picks for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress.
FICTION: A Minnesota-set high school farce highlights textbook bad behavior.
With the nominations now on the table, we look at what the favorites will be.
"The Aeronauts" can't rise above its marquee faces.
FICTION: "The Confession Club" takes us on another visit to the town that introduced us to "Arthur Truluv."
She uses kindness and humor to encourage people to rethink how they treat people with disabilities.
Oscar-nominated animated and live-action shorts lean heavily on familial bonds and the shadow of death.
We weigh in on which movie should win and which ones don't stand a chance.
Steve Carell plays a real-life man who uses toys for healing.
Concordia Language Villages confronts an ugly truth head-on as a step toward healing
Each generation gets its own version of "A Star Is Born," that timeless tale of a young up-and-comer inextricably bound to a self-destructive has-been.
Which movie will come out on top on Oscar night?
FICTION: Lauren Grodstein's poignant new novel unfolds as a letter from a dying mother to her to her young son.
The Star Tribune's Cynthia Dickison assesses the nine nominees for the top Academy Award.
Examining the Oscars' often overlooked short-film category.
"The Revenant" is gaining steam after its big Golden Globes win, but there are other top contenders in the best film race. Here's a look at what will play into each movie's favor, and what's working against them. Plus, our critic's original star rating.
FICTION: An imagined recounting of the life — and the many romances — of George Sand.
REVIEW: Is there room at the multiplex for yet another entry in the young adult/dystopia/survival genre? Those who hunger for more could do worse than "The Maze Runner."
FICTION: Bestselling writer Jeannette Walls returns with another tale of abandoned children.
Vince Vaughn retains his glib-yet-desperate patter and Owen Wilson his earnest sweetness in the corporate send-up about life at Google.
Picoult, known for her social-issue themes, pits fundamentalists against a lesbian couple in this novel about the rights of gay parents.
Can a car wreck of a marriage and a family, born of tragedy, be resuscitated by another tragedy?
Mega-author Jodi Picoult's house rules: Write about what you don't know.
Another engrossing Anita Shreve novel about adventure in Africa, and a marriage in turmoil.
Daniel Radcliffe, who's played Harry Potter for almost half his life, wants it made clear: He's done with the fantasy thing, thank you, so don't even ask him to play Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit."
BOOK REVIEW A family sues for malpractice over a child's disease, with agonizing fallout.
Sex, lies, videotape and prep school make for a potent brew in "Testimony," Anita Shreve's compelling tale of teenage scandal and its brutal aftermath in a New England hamlet. This focus on the kids marks a bit of a departure for Shreve, a seasoned chronicler of adult love, loss and betrayal. But then again, the event upon which the story turns leaves no one in its ever-widening path -- young or old -- untouched.
BOOK REVIEW: An outdoorsman/writer unsparingly chronicles his Alaskan summers with the salmon.