Zero Dark Thirty (****)

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal take their newest effort, Zero Dark Thirty, to places I couldn’t have imagined.  Based on the events leading up to the killing of Osama bin Laden, the two display an impressive amount of control in the way the film is told and showcases some brilliant moments […]

Oscar Circuit – Music vs. History

With two (really one) contender left to be unveiled, this is the most exciting awards race I’ve covered in all my years of Oscar prognosticating.  Every category is competitive and with races like this, anything can happen.  Along with updating the official Oscar Predictions, I’ve updated the major precursors such as the Golden Globe Awards and […]

Sight and Sound critics name ‘The Master’ Best Film of 2012

Tis the season for critics groups to begin announcing their “Best of 2012” lists and one of the earliest announcements come from the Sight and Sound critics. Comprised of about 100 international critics, it’s one of the more influential voting bodies, and this year their top spot went to Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Other Oscar […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 12/2)

Hello again, all ye faithful readers of The Awards Circuit. As I’m sure you noticed, we were experiencing some technical difficulties earlier in the week due to increased online traffic and had to perform a full update so you all could have the most comfortable experience possible browsing through our beloved site. We thank you […]

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (**)

For a movie that arguably was originally intended to go direct to video, ‘Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning’ is weird. I mean, really weird. At times, the arty touches added by co-writer/director John Hyams suggest a strong future ahead for the filmmaker, but too often the feel like unnecessary excess on a movie that barely […]

The Hypnotist (***)

Lasse Hallström’s The Hypnotist is a spine-tingling thriller that marks the famed director’s first Swedish production in over twenty years. A return to his home turf after a long absence, coupled with Hallström’s prestige in the eyes of The Academy™ (Cider House Rules, anyone?), is perhaps why the entire country put their full support behind a film […]

Early Twitter Reactions from ‘Django Unchained’ Screening

They seem to all cite Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson.  No sign of Leo.  Even praise for Don Johnson.  Many saying it’s fantastic.  My interest has just shot up through the roof.  I’ll find out Wednesday.  Read some down below: Jeff Goldsmith ?@yogoldsmith From start to finish Django Unchained is a fantastic crowd pleaser. […]