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Historical Circuit: Apollo 13 (****)

(1995) Directed by Ron Howard When the Academy Award nominations were announced the movie excellence in 1995, I was stunned that Ron Howard was not nominated for Best...

Women In Cinema: Emma Stone

Young actresses with the potential to have an extraordinary career are a rare find. Emma Stone is one of those actresses. With a strong beginning to a career, it only...

Women In Cinema: Dakota Fanning

In 2001, a young actress broke into the business displaying an overwhelming amount of talent at 7 years old that many actors spend their careers working to achieve. That...

Sayonara, Summer!

The Big Boys By Robert Hamer And so the summer flies by, and we Oscar prognosticators can steel ourselves for the “real” contenders to roll out over the fall and...

The Most “Taxing” People in Film Today

Most Americans have had to start last Friday going through an ungodly amount of paperwork, W-2 forms, and financial documents (if not just pay an accountant to do it for...

On Racism and The Help

  There isn’t much that I can say about Tate Taylor’s hit social message drama The Help from a pure critical standpoint that hasn’t already been said.  My own...

Top Ten Patriotic Films

To commemorate the 235th Independence Day of the United States, I decided to celebrate the films that have done the most to invoke feelings of pride in our country. ...

Under the Circuit: Guy Pearce

Born: October 5, 1967 Place: Cambridgeshire, England Major Awards and Citations: Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast of 2008 (The Hurt Locker) Las Vegas Film Critics...

The Folly of Source Loyalty

It must be hell to adapt a comic book superhero franchise into a movie.  It’s not enough that they are attempting to create a fresh and original take on a story that...

Top Ten Funniest Female Performances of All Time

It’s no secret by now that I am very excited for Bridesmaids.  Not just because of its great reviews or my not-so-secret crush on Kristen Wiig, but also because the...

Cannes Post-Mortem

So the most prestigious film festival in the world is over, the prizes have been handed out, and all of the pundits are abuzz about how this ties into the Oscar...

Michael Fassbender: A Star Is Born

 This weekend is the release of X-Men: First Class, a prequel of sorts to the original X-Men trilogy most of us grew up with the past decade.  Reviews have been...

The Curious Case of Michael Bay

Another summer, another Michael Bay movie.  Or perhaps vice versa is more appropriate?  After all, he appears to have marketed himself successfully as the King of the...

TV Review: Mildred Pierce (***)

So now the five-part Mildred Pierce saga is over, and after its utterly fantastic conclusion had settled for me, I have to admit a slight tinge of disappointment at the...

Don’t Be Fooled

I’m guessing – based on its box office take – that at least some of you saw The Hangover: Part II.  Which means that you also saw the teaser trailer for David...

The Summer and the Oscars

Ah, summer.  The season when school is out, sun tan is in, and cinephiles like us can look forward to massive studio-produced blockbusters that rake in the big bucks. ...

Historical Circuit: Manhattan (****)

This weekend, Woody Allen released his 41st full-length feature in select Los Angeles and New York theaters.  Sadly, the anticipation that greets his releases is not...

Historical Circuit: Mildred Pierce (***)

In preparation for the HBO miniseries, I decided to take a look at the original Mildred Pierce, about an independent and successful divorcée desperate to win the...

Kicking Ass for Christ

A strange feeling rose up in me while I was watching the latest trailer for Priest.  No, it was not the feeling that this was going to be a banal, humorless rehash of...

Under the Circuit: Maria Bello

Born: April 18, 1967 Place: Norristown, Pennsylvania Major Awards and Citations: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series...

Under the Circuit: Paul Bettany

Born: May 27, 1971 Place: London, England Major Awards and Citations: London Critics Circle Film Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year 2001 (A Knight’s Tale)...

Under the Circuit: Jeff Daniels

Born: February 19, 1955 Place: Athens, Georgia Major Awards and Citations: Saturn Award for Best Actor of 1990 (Arachnophobia) International Fantasy Film Award for Best...

Weekend Openings (August 26-28)

The summer draws to a close, but before we wave goodbye to the sunny season, there are a few more new releases left:  First up in wide release, the gorgeous Zoe Saldana...

Weekend Openings (August 19-21)

This weekend – I’m not gonna lie – looks rough, both in terms of quality and box office (none of them are likely to topple The Help). Here goes… Conan the...

Weekend Openings (August 12-14)

Oscarphiles should be interested in at least one new release this week.  The rest, well…take a look:  Our first wide release of this weekend actually opened last...