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British Independent Film Nominations!

Here is the full list of nominations: BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM SENNA SHAME TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY TYRANNOSAUR WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN BEST DIRECTOR Ben...

Happy Halloween from the Awards Circuit!

What’s your favorite scary movie?

“Torture Porn” – Is it True?

A lot of people like to throw around the phrase “torture porn” to describe particularly violent horror flicks.  In fact, my recent piece on the greatest...

Simplicity of Mel

Recovering addict and one time Hollywood bad boy Robert Downey Jr. recently spoke at an awards function and asked the audience about forgiving Mel Gibson. This coming...

Massive Oscar Tracker Update!

With the recent announcements of Keira Knightley from David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method being campaigned in the Lead Actress category and every actor from...

Norman (**)

Shot on a shoestring budget in Spokane, Washington, “Norman” is a film which overcomes some of the traditional trappings of an independent drama, dusts...

In Time (*½)

The idea is a grand one. In a dystopian world, time is the coveted object which defines every waking moment and every waking decision human beings make. If you have it,...

Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ Gets Picked Up!

The Warlock is back. According to Deadline: Charlie Sheen’s new sitcom Anger Management has landed at FX with an initial order for 10 episodes for a summer 2012...

Like Crazy (***½)

Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin give nomination worthy performances in ‘Like Crazy’, the raw and real romantic drama from Drake Doremus.  A hit at the Sundance...

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 10/30)

Last week saw reviews of Melancholia, Margin Call, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, The Double, The Three Musketeers, The Rum Diary, The Skin I Live In and Puss in...

Puss In Boots (**)

Lifted from the insanely successful “Shrek” franchise, “Puss In Boots” puts one of the most beloved animated supporting characters of recent...

Rampart gets an Oscar-qualifying run on November 23!

I very much enjoyed ‘Rampart’ at an early screening back last month, and while it never had a firm release date, it always seemed to be headed for a 2011 run...

The Skin I Live In (***)

Pedro Almodovar goes in a very interesting and different direction with his latest film ‘The Skin I Live In’.  I’ve always seem him more as a...

The Rum Diary (**½)

Sporadically entertaining but wildly uneven, ‘The Rum Diary’ doesn’t live up to the hype by never being nearly as out there as it seems to want to be.  I know...

The Three Musketeers (**)

Easily the weakest version of this well liked story to date, ‘The Three Musketeers’ continues to confirm that filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson is incapable of...

Weekend Openings (October 28-30)

DreamWorks Animation continues to replicate the formula for successful animated films this weekend.  Its competition being relatively weak doesn’t hurt either.  And,...

TV Ratings (Oct 17-23)

These are the Neilsen Television Ratings in millions for the week of October 17th-23rd. TOP 20 Viewers Last Week 1. NCIS CBS Tuesday 8pm 19.4 1 2. Dancing with the...

Oscar Circuit: “There’s always room for more”

We are at the point in the season which Sasha Stone cleverly calls, the calm before the storm.  Films are opening in theaters, critics are getting to see what’s...

Top Ten Films Inspired By Shakespeare

So, Roland Emmerich.  Word is that he has a new film coming out about Shakespeare and how he was a fraud.  Personally, I find the revelation that critics are...

The Double (**)

The new spy thriller The Double from writer/director Michael Brandt starring Golden Globe Winner Richard Gere and Topher Grace,  shows massive potential before...

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey (***)

An unambitious indie documentary with a sunny disposition and charm to spare, ‘Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey’ is likely the lightest doc you’ll see in 2011,...

Margin Call (***)

The rare film of this particular subject matter without an overt political axe to grind, ‘Margin Call’ is able to dive right into the financial collapse of...

Thoughts on “Shame” And That NC-17…

Steve McQueen’s “Shame”, quickly becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the fall, received its expected NC-17 rating from the Ratings...

Trailer #2: Hugo

Behold the latest trailer for Martin Scorsese’s new film Hugo!

MPAA Ratings Bulletin: No. 2195 (10/26/11)

As a continuing feature here at Awards Circuit, here are the latest ratings provided by the MPAA Ratings Board – The Classification and Ratings Administration (CARA)....