Back to the Water for James Van Der Beek
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—James Van Der Beek made a name for himself as the title character in the hit 1990s TV teen drama “Dawson’s Creek.” He returns to high school in the heartwarming drama “Backwards,” now available on home video. Only this time, he plays Geoff, an athleti [...]
Crystal, Midler Find ‘Guidance’
By ANGELA DAWSON Front Row Features HOLLYWOOD—Billy Crystal and Bette Midler have known each other for nearly 40 years but they’ve never worked together professionally until now. The two co-star in “Parental Guidance,” a comedy in which they play a husband and wife who are called upon to take car [...]
10 Best List: Favorite Films of 2012
By JAMES DAWSON Front Row Features Film Critic No critic can see everything, but choosing my favorite of the more than 100 movies I reviewed this year was easy. Nothing came close to director/co-writer Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom,” a charmingly offbeat tale about two young  [...]
‘Les Mis’ Musical Is a Must Miss
By JAMES DAWSON Front Row Features Film Critic “Les Misérables” is the kind of bloated, cornball and sappy spectacle that makes people say they hate movie musicals. Most of the melodies (by Claude-Michel Shönberg) are unmemorable, most of the lyrics (by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Nat [...]