• 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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 Roman...

  • 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 itself...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Puss In Boots (**)

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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, oh yes, the...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ultimately failing to...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Board this...

  • 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...