A year ago, filmmaker Robert Zemeckis
detonated one of the biggest bombs in Hollywood history, Mars Needs Moms
. Today, he's got a shiny new Oscar vehicle. What a difference Denzel Washington
makes. Here's a look at the awards-season prospects for Zemeckis and Washington's Flight
: So Far, So Good: The just-released drama about a commercial pilot (Washington) who miraculously avoids an air catastrophe only to come under scrutiny for substance abuse has passed the critics' test. "It is nearly flawless," writes Roger Ebert
in his four-star review. Washington's Notices Are Nearly Flawless, Too: "Tremendous" (Detroit Free Press). "Ferocious" (New York Times)....