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Sundance Film Festival unveils its 2012 Competition Lineup!

I always eagerly wait the announcement of the slate of films to play at Sundance, as it usually contains the next indie darling of next year.  Each year at least one or...

Trailer: Shame (Red Band)

This definitely gives a sense of the harder nature of the film and certainly is Not Safe For Work…

Pitt Leaps in the Oscar Race with Earnest

Up until the announcement of the New York Film Critics Awards, Brad Pitt had been fairly low on my radar in the Best Actor race. I thought perhaps a nomination for...

Under the Circuit: Ellen Barkin

Ellen Barkin Born: April 16th, 1954 Place: New York City, New York Major Awards and Citations: Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (1997): Won Best Supporting Actress for...

Scorsese and “Hugo” – Taking it Seriously

Just a few weeks ago, no one was really talking Hugo (2011) or Martin Scorsese as threats in the Oscar race, but after the film’s release, and the excellent...

Carnage (***)

Roman Polanski has created some of the most heart-wrenching and prolific films of the past four decades.  In his newest film, Carnage, Polanski examines two couples as...

Oscar Circuit: What Happened Today?

They bitched, they moaned, and after all this about David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo not being screened in time, the New York Film Critics ignore the...

Could “The Help” Win Best Picture?

You bet it could. The film opened back in the summer and was very successful at the box office, along with critics and audiences, maintaining that trajectory up to this...

The Artist (****)

When witnessing the evolution of film, it’s hard to grasp how it went from a seemingly simple concept of silent imagery into a loud, uproarious third dimension...

The Artist wins NYFCC Best Picture!!!!

All winners are below! @NYFCC2011 Official Twitter of the 2011 New York Film Critics Circle http://www.nyfcc.com/ Best Picture – The Artist!!!! Best Cinematography...

Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Best Feature: 50/50 Beginners Drive Take Shelter The Artist The Descendants Best Director category: Mike Mills (Beginners) Nicholas W Refn ( Drive) Jeff Nichols (Take...

Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (11/29/2011)

This week there’s a pretty big slate of movies hitting shelves for your purchasing/viewing pleasure.  It’s been a number of weeks since this many films have...

2011 Gotham Award Winners!

Are we underway now?  If so, we start the 2011 Oscar season with a TIE?!?!?! Yep.  A tie.  Between two films that could not be more diametrically opposed to one...

Editor: NYFCC Predictions

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” The critics are about to dish out their favorite films of 2011 and what year it has been.  I spent the Thanksgiving...

R.I.P. Ken Russell

Filmmaker Ken Russell passed away today, and I wanted to make sure mention was made of this on the site.  He may not be the most well known director ever, but he was...

New York Film Critics Circle History and Preview

Originating in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) have been a noteworthy player in the precursor Oscar season.  When reviewing their own website, they may...

Independent Spirit Awards Preview

The Independent Spirt Award nominations are fast approaching and they’re one of my very favorite awards of the season.  Besides being s slightly edgier show, one...

Snippet Reviews (Multiple Films)

Martha Marcy May Marlene (***) Helmed by a powerful lead performance by Elizabeth Olsen, Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene dribbles right on the edge of...

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 11/27)

Last week saw reviews of Arthur Christmas, My Week with Marilyn, Tyrannosaur, Into The Abyss and We Bought a Zoo. David Cronenberg Week spent the past few days looking...

Academy Idol 5: Top 13 (Directors Week)

A Dangerous Method (**½)

“Perhaps he has reached the stage where obedience is more important to him than originality.” This pointed criticism from the Russian psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein...

We Bought a Zoo (***½)

There’s always been a bit of Billy Wilder in Cameron Crowe’s films, but this year with ‘We Bought a Zoo’ marks the first time he’s gone in the direction of...

“The Dark Knight Rises” Prologue comes Dec. 21st

Perhaps you’ve heard of a little film called ‘The Dark Knight’.  It came out a few years ago and did pretty well.  As such, a sequel called...

Next Generation of A-Listers

A lot has been written in the past few years about how the focus of tent pole films has moved from using big movie stars to utilizing well known and established brands....

Another sequel to “Before Sunrise” is in the works?

Before Sunrise is one of my favorite romantic films of all time, and somehow its sequel Before Sunset managed to be just about as good.  The chemistry between...