Before Midnight (★★★★)

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: The Tribeca Film Festival kicked off last Thursday with Pre-Festival screenings giving press and industry personnel the opportunity to see the heavy slate of films the New York festival has to offer.  Over the next few weeks, until the official festival kicks off on April 17th, the very best in foreign, documentary, […]

Circuit Madness Sweet 16 Round Results

Voting has already begun for the Elite 8, so be sure to vote today and tomorrow so that your favorites advance to the Final 4. You already know the winners for the Sweet 16 round, but here are the final numbers (percentage-wise) for voting that round so that you can see how tight (or not) […]

Circuit Madness Final 8 is Open!

The search for the “Best” Best Picture Winner of all-time. Download the Bracket HERE>>>Oscar_Madness_Full_16 The final eight films are competing in some of the best matchups that could have been possible.  VOTE HERE. Check out the matchups down below: Casablanca -vs.- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest The Godfather -vs.- Amadeus Schindler’s List -vs.- The […]

Trailer and Poster for Colin Firth’s New Film ‘Arthur Newman’

Academy Award winner Colin Firth and Emily Blunt star in Arthur Newman, a heartwarming tale of a middle-aged man (Firth) starting over after a difficult divorce, whose plans are derailed by a woman (Blunt) struggling to leave her own past behind. The screenplay is by Academy Award nominee Becky Johnston (Seven Years in Tibet, Prince of […]

Some “Passed Over” Films from 2012

With earlier this week marking the start of Passover for 2013, I wanted to tie in one of my favorite family holidays (I’m not a fan of the religious aspect, but I do love the food assorted shenanigans with people I only see once a year) and one of my favorite things overall…analyzing Oscar races! […]

Weekend Openings: 3/29/2013

  Nearly four months into the year and we finally have an (prematurely timed) awards contender, in the mix with Derek Cianfrance’s dramatic masterpiece in The Place Beyond the Pines.  After deeply moving with Blue Valentine (2010), Ryan Gosling teams up with Cianfrance again to follow-up with another heavy performance, proving what we already whole-heartedly […]

Will We See Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ This Year?

The synopsis for Wes Anderson’s (Moonrise Kingdom) latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, has been unveiled, increasing speculation that the quirky director’s new movie might hit theaters in 2013 after all. Fox Searchlight has acquired worldwide distribution rights, with rumors swirling for a late 2013 release. Anderson’s films almost always include the most wonderful casts, and […]

First Look: Disney’s ‘Planes’ Poster

Planes, Disney’s latest action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure, tells the story of Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook) a plane who dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. Dusty is apparently not built for speed, however, and has a fear of heights, so there are some obstacles for him to overcome in order to pursue his dream. Have a look […]

First Trailer for Richard Linklater’s ‘Before Midnight’

Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for Richard Linklater’s third film in the Before series. Before Midnight reunites Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) nine years since their last encounter (Before Sunset), and eighteen years since their first (Before Sunrise). The film opens May 24, and you can read Joey’s ***½ review […]

Circuit 3: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born on March 27, 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tarantino is known best for his non-linear story-lines and excessive on-screen violence. His first completed feature film, Reservoir Dogs (1992), screened at the Sundance Film Festival and received immediate praise. The critics followed suit in their admiration of the film and its director. Tarantino’s success continued […]

Awards Profile: Foxcatcher

Directed By: Bennett Miller Written By: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman Cast: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave Synopsis: Foxcatcher tells the story about how John du Pont suffered paranoid schizophrenia and killed Olympic wrestler David Shultz in 1997. Why it Could Succeed: The story of John du Pont and David […]

American Idol Season 12 – Top 8 (Detroit Theme) Recap

The Top 8 American Idol hopefuls took the stage tonight taking on the music of Detroit with Motown legend Smokey Robinson in tow to guide them through the process.  This theme and genre has been done countless times on American Idol and hopefully Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe is getting wind of that and will bring […]

Awards Profile: Her

Directed By: Spike Jonze Written By: Spike Jonze Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Samantha Morton, Sam Jaeger, Luka Jones, Katherine Boecher Synopsis (From IMDB): A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need. Why It Could Succeed: After directing three highly-respected films […]

Full Trailer for ‘The Wolverine’

It’s going to be a summer full of super heroes (again), with Marvel’s Iron Man 3 and Warner Brothers’ Man of Steel looming as enormous box office giants. Twentieth Century Fox hopes to be in on the action as well, with their stand alone story of The Wolverine. Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the Adamantium enhanced titular […]

BAFTA Announces Ceremony Date – Still Prior to Oscar

The British Academy has pushed their awards schedule back a week, announcing February 16, 2014 as the date for the 67th BAFTA awards ceremony. This keeps the British version of the Oscars in front of the Academy Awards ceremony after AMPAS’ recent decision to move the Oscars to March 2 in an effort to avoid next year’s […]

The Place Beyond the Pines (****)

There’s something almost mythical about the story being told in The Place Beyond the Pines, Derek Cianfrance’s absolutely brilliant follow-up to his award-winning drama Blue Valentine (2010). Both traditional and unique in its nature, Cianfrance has crafted something just as strong as last time out while focusing on a different subject and painting on a […]

The Voice Recap: Blind Auditions Part 2

Wow…that was good, real good. Last night’s blind audition episode of The Voice was perfect from top to bottom. Shakira was more comfortable and gave specific, outstanding feedback that demonstrated her commitment to the show and its new flock of contestants. As for Usher, what can I say? The man’s disposition is as infectious as his […]

Wrong (**½)

I think it goes without saying that multi-hyphenate filmmaker Quentin Dupieux is one weird dude. Known for his cult film ‘Rubber’ from a few years ago (yes, the one about the killer tire), Dupieux is back with a new movie called Wrong, and the title fits rather nicely if I do say so myself. It’s […]

Dancing with the Stars: Week 2 Results

On Dancing with the Stars first elimination, reality star Lisa Vanderpump and boxing champion Victor Ortiz found themselves in the bottom two. Which star is the first to go home? Dorothy Hamill? Yes, you heard right, Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill has chosen to leave the show due to an injury. After being told she was […]

Get a Glimpse of the Battle Room in New ‘Ender’s Game’ Teaser Poster

The adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s beloved sci-fi classic, Ender’s Game, is one of the year’s most quietly anticipated releases.  A newly released teaser poster features Ender poised and ready for his strategic training in the Battle Room.  Along with the poster (see below) is an updated synopsis as follows:

Circuit Madness Sweet 16 Open!

The battle continues.  We’re down to the heavy hitters and we have some really fantastic match-ups going on like: Casablanca vs. The Bridge on the River Kwai One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest vs. Lawrence of Arabia The Godfather vs. All About Eve Amadeus vs. The Godfather Part 2 Schindler’s List vs. No Country for […]

‘Jane Got A Gun’ Loaded With Drama

Director Lynne Ramsay, apparently, dropped ‘Jane Got A Gun’ (2014) on the first day of shooting. The award-winning director of ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ (2011), who won for best film screenplay at the 2012 Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Awards, is rumored to have quit the film due to irreconcilable issues with producer […]

Welcome to the Punch (**½)

These days, it’s getting to be pretty hard to find an action/crime flick that doesn’t feel like a rehash of something that’s come before it. It’s almost a rule now that films like to just copy what’s already worked as opposed to blazing their own trail. ‘Welcome to the Punch’ isn’t an exception to that […]

Joey’s DVD Picks of the Week (3/26/2013)

This week, there’s two heavy hitters coming to Blu-Ray/DVD, and then…well…there’s everything else. I actually had a first here in the column in regard to my top pick, and that’s something I always enjoy having happen. Essentially, I actually changed my planned selection. As a bit of background information, let me start by saying I […]

The Voice Recap: Blind Auditions Part 1 (Season 4 Premiere)

NBC’s blockbuster show, The Voice, is back for a fourth season, but this time with two new faces on the judging panel: Latin-pop sensation Shakira (AKA She-Wolf) and R&B superstar Usher (AKA The Original “Belieber”). While I secretly miss Christina Aguilera’s bitchiness and Cee Lo Green’s ear for the weird yet talented, Usher and Shakira […]

Dancing with the Stars: Week 2

It’s week two of Dancing with the Stars! With week one over, our expectations were high and some stars didn’t deliver. With elimination Tuesday night it’s hard to say which star will be going home first. With many low scores and few high marks, who will make it through to week three? Let’s review. Zendaya […]

BREAKING: Oscars are moved to March in 2014! Back to February for 2015!

Likely to not compete with the Olympics closing ceremonies, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced that the Oscars will be broadcasted March 2, 2014.  Nominations will be moved up by a week when they are announced on January 16, 2014. In 2015, Oscar will be back in February.  There is still […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 43: Original Screenplay Writers, Tribeca Preview, Circuit Madness Results

Awards Circuit Power Hour is full of speculation this week.  We’re talking about dozens of possible Oscar contenders this year and asking that fateful question, will they ever win an Oscar? We reveal the results of Circuit Madness, the quest to find the “Best” Best Picture winner of all-time.  Did your favorite move forward?  Listen […]

Weinstein Company Acquires ‘Grace of Monaco’

The Weinstein Company has just announced that Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco, the film that tells the story of Grace Kelly and her crisis of marriage and identity during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles DeGaulle during the 1960s, will be released December 27, 2013 in time for an Oscar-qualifying […]

Awards Profile: The Fifth Estate

Directed by:  Bill Condon Written by:  Daniel Domscheit-Berg (book), Luke Harding (book), Daniel Leigh (book), Josh Singer (screenplay) Cast:  Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander, Carice van Houten Synopsis:  When two friends create WikiLeaks, their overnight success and expanding power causes one to question the […]