Around the Circuit: January 5th – January 11th

Link(s) of the week: The big talk around the web this week centered around everyone’s final predictions before the nominations were announced on Thursday. Hindsight’s a bitch, so you can now look back and see how they all did: The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, The Playlist’s Oliver Lyttelton, The Film Experience’s Nathaniel Rogers, Awards Daily’s Sasha […]

ACE Eddie Nominations: Round Up The Usual Suspects

The American Cinema Editors (ACE) nominations used to be announced prior to the Oscar nominations, and would be a good bellwether towards the eventual Oscar outcome. But with AMPAS moving up their date to turn in ballots, and ACE sticking firmly to their normal procedures, their noms ended up coming in after the fact. The ACE Eddies […]

Gangster Squad (*½)

It has been said that good things come to those who wait. Many know the story of Gangster Squad being delayed due to the horrific shootings in Aurora, CO in July and having to reshoot a crucial scene (the original was a theater shootout). Whether that re-shot scene had anything to do with the dismal final product […]

‘1600 Penn’ (½*)

1600 Penn (9:30 ET on NBC) is a new sitcom about the most dysfunctional First Family to date. But after the first scene alone, I knew the main dysfunction would be in the writing. Bill Pullman plays the President (a role he was much more capable of playing 17 years ago in Independence Day), while Jenna Elfman (of […]

Weekend Openings: 1/11/2013

With the New Year’s hangover slowly wearing off and few new stimulants entering circulation, there’s now ample time to catch up on the overload of awards-contending films, with the nationwide release of Zero Dark Thirty finally completing the best picture category.  Expect the box-office to reflect some of the film’s early critical acclaim, especially since […]

John Dies at the End (**½)

It’s only the beginning of January, but I feel confident in saying that writer/director Don Coscarelli’s new film ‘John Dies at the End’ will wind up one of the most unique movies of the year. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s an especially good flick, but it’s got some major balls, and I do give partial […]