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The Underestimation of the Lead Actor Brad Pitt in ‘Killing Them Softly’

In 2007 no one saw the Best Actor nomination for Tommy Lee Jones in In the Valley of Elah (2007), it was one of those happy surprises that reminded us the acting branch...

Why ‘Lincoln’ Can Still Win Picture…

While Zero Dark Thirty, admittedly a brilliant, troubling film, has taken two of the major Best Picture and Best Director Awards, I am still a firm believer that Lincoln...

McConaughey and Weisz Surprise with NYFCC, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln take 3 awards

The New York Film Critics have announced their winners for the best in cinema for 2012.  The East Coast group that awarded Best Picture to Michel Hazanavicius’...

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 29: Film Criticism, Lincoln’s Chances, Questions from Readers

During the Awards Circuit Power Hour this week, the staff and I focus heavily on taking your questions that range from Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln to films that...

AFI Day 8: Silver Linings Playbook (***)

Like other games played for the two possible outcomes of success or failure, life requires an ever-evolving collection of strategies for easier navigation.  For better...

Lincoln Meets Louie on ‘SNL’

Louie CK killed it on the opening monologue on last night’s “Saturday Night LIVE.”  One of the funnier sketches (and believe me, there were horrible...

Jodie Foster to Receive Cecil B. Demille Award from HFPA

Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster will be honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with their prestigious Cecil B. Demille Award.  Announced today by...

Directors Needing the Biopic Treatment

With Hitchcock waiting release, and looking like it might nab Anthony Hopkins some Oscar attention for Best Actor, I got thinking about the history of the cinema and...

The Chaneys and the Horror Legacy

Born to deaf-mute parents Lon Chaney’s gifts for communicating without sound made him a natural for the silent screen. Though there were bigger stars than Chaney...

Community Reactions – Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’

With Ben Affleck’s Argo opening up today, many of the readers will be flocking to the movie theaters to see if Affleck’s film holds water after spectacular...

Frankenweenie (***)

In a very minor way, filmmaker Tim Burton has recaptured some of the magic of ‘Ed Wood’ and ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ with his latest film...

Oscar Question of the Day – Four-Time Oscar Winner

Katherine Hepburn has the distinct honor of being awarded four Oscars in her lifetime, all for Best Actress in a Leading Role.  Hepburn won for Morning Glory (1933),...

New Poster and Stills for ‘The Lone Ranger’

Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp will team up to tame the West in next year’s The Lone Ranger. We have some new images and a poster for the new film produced...

Frankenweenie (***)

Tim Burton returns to his roots of classic and clever animation with his newest, Frankenweenie.  Showcasing some beautiful 3-D animation and encompassing a cute,...

Frances Ha

Frances Ha (★★★½)

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Noah Baumbach has really outdone himself in his newest film, Frances Ha starring Greta Gerwig, who also co-writes.  The film not only stands as...

TIFF and the Aftermath

So what now? With screenings finished, TIFF closed, and New York’s Film Festival looming, how will TIFF impact the Oscar race? Believe it or not it has already...

Halle Berry shines in the new trailer for “Cloud Atlas”

A new and shorter trailer has premiered for the upcoming Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.  The film is directed by The Wachowski Siblings (The Matrix, 1999)...

“Stand Up Guys” with Pacino, Walken, and Arkin Get Qualifying Oscar Run

Another potential Oscar player added to the books ladies and gentleman.  Stand Up Guys starring Academy Award Winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin are...

Box Office Report (8.20.2012)

Falling short of its precursor, but still strong enough to win a very competitive box office weekend, The Expendables 2 outshot the competition, scoring $28.6 million in...

First Official Image of Forest Whitaker in ‘The Butler’

With The Paperboy set to hit cineplexes soon, Lee Daniels is hard at work on his next feature film, The Butler. Based on the Wil Haygood’s report “A Butler...

Oscar Tracking and Golden Globe Peaks

Just as important as the Oscar Predictions of the Awards Circuit is the Oscar Tracker which I’ve neglected as of late.  I’ve made appropriate changes and...

TIFF Golden Moments Part 4

A star was born at TIFF in 2003. Part of one of the cinema’s most famous families, the Coppola’s, she had been brutalized by the critics for her performance...

Thoughts on TIFF’s Additions

Well we don’t have Lincoln, but we do have The Master, as hoped, along with new films from Spike Lee, Brian De Palma, Lee Daniels, and Walter Salles.

TIFF Golden Moments Part 3

As described in the superb nd telling book, The Men Who Would Be King the excellent story of Dreamworks and the inner power struggles, the studio brought American Beauty...