Coming this October…31 Days of Horror!

Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand, creatures crawl in search of blood, to terrorize y’alls neighborhood…and website! While the leaves changing colors certainly means that we are at the beginning of Oscar season, the month of October also signifies the month where we get to indulge in the macabre, […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 9/30)

And the Oscar goes to…Homeland? Wait…what?! Oh, that’s right, I meant the The Emmys — only the second-most substantial entertainment awards ceremony of the year! The Awards Circuit was on hand Sunday to talk Emmys on our first LIVE Blog since the 84th Academy Awards in February. Not only was it an eventful night to […]

Battle of the Late Contenders – Hitchcock vs. Promise

As you all know, this year, like almost every other awards season, we’ve had a few party-crashers looking to shake up the slow march to the Oscar nominations by coming out a few months early. Sometimes they hit, like “Million Dollar Baby,” “Crazy Heart,” or “Slumdog Millionaire” but plenty of the time they wind up not making […]

Marc Webb will officially return to direct ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’!

It looks as though the issues that Columbia/Sony has worked out whatever issues were potentially going to come between Marc Webb and directing their sequel to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’. Webb owes a film to Fox Searchlight, but he’s not going to be held captive, so he’s back behind the cameras to work with Andrew Garfield […]

TV Review: Last Resort (***)

Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Karl Gajdusek (Dead Like Me) bring us ABC’s ambitious new thriller, Last Resort, which had its pilot episode premiere on Thursday night. While there are the usual plot holes and weak dialogue that seems to plague network television nowadays, the pilot delivered enough tension and drama to leave me thinking […]

TV Review: Downton Abbey (***)

Despite a mild backlash from a minority of rather high-profile critics, hit period drama Downton Abbey returned to UK television earlier this month for a much anticipated third run. Since its September 2010 debut, the record-breaking show has captivated viewers with its lavish production and soap opera storylines that juxtapose the upstairs-downstairs relationships between a […]

End of Watch (****)

Every once in a while, a film sneaks up on you and absolutely knocks your socks off. It’s hardly a rare occurrence these days, especially for me, but it’s happened again with ‘End of Watch’, a cop movie that I believe will go down as filmmaker David Ayer’s masterpiece. Now, I should mention that I […]

Community Reactions: Rian Johnson’s “Looper”

Rian Johnson’s newest Looper hits theaters this weekend.  I saw it yesterday after the screening of Life of Pi and one word came to mind after walking out, overrated.  Definitely entertaining but super long-winded and not so well-executed in a concept that is surely inventive.  Time travel stuff is cool but the Joseph Gordon-Levitt as […]

New Trailer for ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’

Perhaps no film has moved farther up in the Oscar race than David O. Russell’s adaptation of ‘The Silver Linings Playbook’. What was once considered an also-ran in Harvey Weinstein’s slate of awards contenders, it’s now arguably his best bet at a third Best Picture win in a row. Despite a debut Trailer that didn’t […]

The Impossible (***½)

A film that captures real life the way J.A. Bayona captures it in his newest film The Impossible is a rare occurrence in filmmaking.  Not only does he pay respect to the countless victims that were lost in the devastating tragedy, he makes artistic choices and liberties only the most seasoned directors can take.  Starring Academy Award Nominee Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, the film […]

Life of Pi (***)

New York Film Festival: There are a lot of positive and admirable things about Ang Lee’s latest Life of Pi.  Cinematographer Claudio Miranda captures the most uproarious and glorious shots captured this year thus far.  The 3D effects are some of the best ever seen and feel absolutely necessary in a film so heavy-handed with religious […]

Around the Circuit: September 22 – 28

It’s time to visit the week that was via our Around the Circuit piece, where we look back at articles that we feel are worth your time covering the Oscar race, new releases, or really just anything film related. Link(s) of the week: Kris Tapley, Guy Lodge, and Gregory Ellwood at In Contention go from […]

‘To The Wonder’ has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures!

Well, it’s looking like we can officially take ‘To The Wonder’ off of our 2012 Oscar predictions, not that the Early Reviews didn’t already suggest that. Terrence Malick’s film has gone without a buyer for a surprisingly long time, but that’s changed today as Magnolia Pictures has stepped in to pick up the movie for […]

Stars in Shorts (***)

Stars in Shorts is a film/television special (courtesy of Shorts HD) featuring a collection of seven shorts that famous (or should be famous) stars…well, you know…star in. If I haven’t reiterated that four-letter word enough yet, I hope you’ll catch my drift by the end of the review. The good news about the inconsistent, if […]

Will ‘Django Unchained’ debut at the Rome Film Festival?

One of the biggest question marks in terms of the prospective quality of ‘Django Unchained’ in my eyes is the seemingly sprawling and undisciplined shooting schedule. Combined with Quentin Tarantino having to edit this film without his long time editor who passed away. This could wind up being a non-issue, but it’s something to think […]

‘Hitchcock’ will be the opening film of AFI Fest!

When the announcements of the lineups for the New York, Telluride, Toronto, and Venice Film Festivals all excluded ‘Hitchcock’ we were led to believe that the film was a solid 2013 release. Of course, we now know that the movie is coming out this year, and it’s grabbed a slot at the AFI Fest as […]

Circuit 3: Michael Douglas

Michael Kirk Douglas turned 68 on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012. Born in 1944 to legendary actor Kirk Douglas and his wife, Diana Hill, Michael would grow up to follow in his father’s footsteps as an actor, as well as being a producer of film and television. Douglas studied acting at The American Place Theatre in […]

Justin Timberlake to play an alcoholic food critic in the romantic comedy ‘The Last Drop’

Justin Timberlake’s transition to acting has been quite a mixed bag with movies ranging from the great (The Social Network, Black Snake Moan) to the decent (Friends with Benefits) to the terrible (In Time). He’s currently on screen with Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in Trouble with the Curve but for his next project he’ll […]

Solomon Kane (**½)

After countless days (and in fact several years) spent sitting on the shelf, ‘Solomon Kane’ is finally hitting theaters this Friday, and go figure…it’s better than you’d expect. To be sure, it’s still flawed and incredibly forgettable, but I’m surprised it took this long to try to get the film to see the light of […]

The Inbetweeners (***)

I’ve never seen the television show ‘The Inbetweeners’ that ran for a few seasons in the United Kingdom, but this film adaptation of the program suggests that it’s a show I’d enjoy if I ever do get the chance to watch it. The movie hardly revolutionizes the genre, and it’s far from the best comedy […]

Hugh Jackman ripped and ready to fight in new ‘Wolverine’ still

After the sour taste that the original Wolverine spin off left in our mouths, many speculated that the sequel might not happen. But thanks to the critical and box office success of  X-Men: First Class and Hugh Jackman’s massive popularity, we are getting a Wolverine sequel in July 2013. Taking it’s plot from one of the most […]

Snakes on a Boat: Look Inside Noah’s Ark

“Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” Indiana Jones might not enjoy the apparent hobby Noah has of collecting them, but in this new image from Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, we get our first look inside the Ark that the biblical character built in order to save his family from the massive flood. Instructed by God […]

TV Review: The Mindy Project (**½)

The Mindy Project pilot that aired last night at first glance might seem like little more than a likable piece of fluff that should entertain the 15-25 yr old, rom com loving audience. But after watching the pilot again today, I was struck by the deft touch of the writing, the great cast and topical issues, […]

Knuckleball! (***½)

Anyone who’s a baseball fan has an opinion about the pitch known as the knuckleball. Often looked at as a gimmick, no respect has historically been given to those who throw the pitch. For those of you who don’t know what the pitch is, it’s a pitch specifically thrown to minimize the spin of the […]

‘The Voice’ Recap: Blind Auditions #7

We’re now on The Voice’s lucky number seventh episode, and that means the teams of Season Three are almost completely formed. With eight contestants left to fill the spots on either Team Christina, Team Adam, Team Blake or Team Cee Lo, it should be no surprise that the stakes have elevated considerably. Unlike last season […]

Dancing with the Stars All-Stars: Week 1 Results

Monday night began the all-star season of Dancing with the Stars. Many of the stars impressed and a few disappointed. This Tuesday is the season’s first elimination. Emmitt Smith proved that he’s still got it while Pamela Anderson makes us wonder why she’s an all-star. So which star got eliminated the first week of dancing? […]

Is Tom Hardy Going to Climb ‘Everest?’

Doug Liman (Bourne Identity) is in early talks with Tom Hardy to star in his next film, Everest, an adaptation of Jeffrey Archer’s Paths of Glory. Everest will be based on fictionalized accounts of true events surrounding 1920s mountaineer George Mallory, who three separate times attempted to be the first to climb Mount Everest. Liman […]

Is Elle Fanning About to Enter the Oscar Race?

It looks that way, as A24 has acquired the rights to distribute her new film, Ginger and Rosa, directed by Sally Potter. After receiving pretty good reviews out of Telluride, the new distribution company has made waves today with their acquisition, and many expect an Oscar push for the sensational performance the 14-year-old Elle Fanning […]

Looper (***½)

One of the best movies to deal with time travel that I’ve seen in a long time, and perhaps ever, ‘Looper‘ is a real achievement of the highest level. A hybrid science fiction/action/film noir, filmmaker Rian Johnson has crafted his finest films to date. The writer/director has a clear vision for the time travel genre […]