• Film Reviews
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (**)

    Suffering under the weight of the previous Lord of the Rings films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey tries really hard to be its own entity while still tying into the previous franchise. Unfortunately, this film is nothing more than an adequate filmmaking exercise that strikes most of the same beats as Lord...

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    Screen Actors Guild Award Predictions and Preview

    Final SAG Predictions have been updated.  Go to the page under the menu bar, OTHER AWARD SHOWS. Here are general thoughts before you go and check them out. As tomorrow brings a lot of clarity, it can also shake things up considerably.  I am PRAYING for a tie in Best Actor so...

  • Precursors
    St. Louis Film Critics Nominations

    Best Picture “Argo” “Django Unchained” “Life of Pi” “Lincoln” “Moonrise Kingdom” “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Director Ben Affleck, “Argo” Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained” Wes Anderson, “Moonrise Kingdom” Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Actor Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook” Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Jamie Foxx, “Django...

  • Historical Circuit
    Historical Circuit: Near Dark (****)

    The first time I became aware of Kathryn Bigelow was in 1987 when I went to see a new vampire film entitled Near Dark (1987). There was little else out that interested me at the time, and Sherri and I always liked a good horror film, so despite the fact we knew...

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    Luncheon with Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Jessica Chastain, and Jason Clarke!

    Though already scheduled, the people behind ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ had amazing timing in assembling a group of industry insiders and Oscar pundits to break bread last Thursday only days after the film had picked up the first two precursor awards of the season. Essentially a luncheon to celebrate the film and main...

  • Film Reviews
    The Gatekeepers (***)

    I can only imagine being an Israeli citizen watching the documentary ‘The Gatekeepers’. The closest thing for an American like me would be the experience of ‘The Fog of War’, but there’s really no current comparison. This film about the history of the anti terrorism unit Shin Bet, as told in interviews...

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    Phoenix Film Critics Nominations!

     Best Picture· Argo· The Avengers· Beasts of the Southern Wild· Life of Pi· Lincoln· Les Misérables· Moonrise Kingdom· Silver Linings Playbook· Skyfall· Zero Dark Thirty Best Director· Ben Affleck (Argo)· Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)· Tom Hooper (Les Misérables)· Ang Lee (Life of Pi)· Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)

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    75 Songs Submitted for Original Song Oscar including Adele’s ‘Skyfall’

    It is eligible folks!!!  After much speculation from the staff and I, Adele’s hit-song “Skyfall” from Sam Mendes’ Skyfall is submitted and eligible for Oscar’s Best Original Song category.  The full list is listed below in the official Academy Press Release.  Which five do you see nominated? BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Seventy-five...

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    Official Press Release for the Critics Choice Movie Award Nominations!

    The Official Press Release is down below.  Awards Circuit will be one of the voting places to vote for “Favorite Film Franchise.”  Check out the details below: (Los Angeles, CA – December 11, 2012) – The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie...

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    Critics Choice Nominations Announced!

    18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Winners to be announced live on the CW Television Network from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on January 10, 2013. BEST PICTUREArgoBeasts of the Southern WildDjango UnchainedLes MiserablesLife of PiLincolnThe MasterMoonrise KingdomSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark Thirty BEST ACTORBradley Cooper – Silver Linings PlaybookDaniel Day-Lewis – LincolnJohn Hawkes...

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    Detroit Film Critics Nominations

    Best Picture “Argo” “The Impossible” “Silver Linings Playbook” “Take This Waltz” “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Director Ben Affleck, “Argo” J.A. Bayona, “The Impossible” David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook” Sarah Polley, “Take This Waltz” Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”

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    104 Original Scores Compete for Oscar Nominations

    AMPAS has narrowed the Original Score contenders down to a rather enormous field of 104, but at least it lets us in on what is eligible and what is not. One of the big question marks in this cateory has been whether or not Jonny Greenwood’s work for The Master would make the list (remember...

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    Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Preview

    Tomorrow morning, the Critics Choice Awards will bestow their nominees for the world to see.  While it might sound biased, I very much respect the organization’s choices more times than not.  While their known for predicting the outcome of the Academy Awards, they do reward powerful and eclectic cinema when everyone else seems to...

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    Oscar Predictions include more ‘Beasts,’ ‘Master,’ and Dowd!

    Short Oscar Circuit this week folks! As LAFCA, NYFCO, and BSFC all proved yesterday, you can’t keep a good ol’ film when its down.  The Master resurrected after being nearly shut out thus far and won Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress with the prestigious Los Angeles Film Critics. Normally,...

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    ‘The Voice’ Recap: The Semifinals

    Hello again, fans of The Voice! As you can imagine, I was very much upset by last week’s elimination of Amanda Brown, but even I have to admit that last night’s Semifinals was mostly impressive, especially from one dude that I’ve been picking on for most of the season.  The final four...

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    Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (12/11/2012)

    This week, some of the bigger summer releases of the year are hitting Blu-Ray/DVD, and each is a unique representative of the 2012 summer slate. One is that rare bit of original material, one is a franchise reboot/sequel/spinoff, and another is a straight up sequel. There’s certainly other films on shelves today,...