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Film Review: The Cobbler (★★½)

You could easily be forgiven for assuming that The Cobbler is one of the worst movies of all time, going by the early critical buzz that drifted out of last year’s...

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Watch the First Trailer for Thomas McCarthy’s ‘The Cobbler’ with Adam Sandler

Back at the Toronto International Film Festival a few months ago, filmmaker Thomas McCarthy experienced his first critical thrashing with the Adam Sandler starring...

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Six Spot #7: Best Actor 1997

Welcome back to The Six Spot! In case you missed last week’s 2007 Best Director Six Spot, you can catch it here. This week, in honor of ACCA 1997, we dive into the...

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First Trailer for Jon Favreau’s ‘Chef’ Premieres

Sometimes a smaller film comes along and exceeds all of your expectations. Such was the case for me a week or so ago when I saw Jon Favreau‘s new film Chef. He...

Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman Named as Oscar Presenters

Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman – two acting legends with five Oscars between them – are the latest names to be added to the Oscar ceremony as presenters....

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...

Quartet (***)

AFI Festival: Shifting from acting shoes to directing shoes, Dustin Hoffman makes his directing debut with Quartet (2012), starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy...

Lead Actor Overstuffed

This year’s race for the Academy Award for Best Actor will have no shortage of worthy nominees; in fact I daresay they could nominate five worthy actors right now....

Sizing Up: Best Director

Sizing Up Series continues with an in-depth look at the Director candidates for this year’s Oscar ceremony.  As was the case last year, there are a few things to...

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...

TIFF: Quartet (****)

Love him or hate him, you have got to give the man credit. How many times has Harvey Weinstein been down, how many times has he been counted out of the film game and...

Best of the Decades: 1980s

The great and the good films of the eighties were often box office failures, re-discovered within a few years by audiences and critics on video, as home entertainment...

Oscar Shocks: Best Actor

Yes I was horrified when Roberto Benigni won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Life is Beautiful (1998), but the Screen Actors Guild had prepared me for the fact it...

Why is Nobody Talking About Sean Penn?

Is there any question left that Sean Penn is the finest actor of his generation? Can there be any further doubt that Penn stands alongside Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson,...

Circuit 3: Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Lee Hoffman is one of the finest actors of all time and is a living legend of cinema. He was born on August 8th, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, of Jewish...

Tom Cruise — Ten Best Performances

When Tom Cruise sits down to speak with you he gives you his full attention, his eyes locked with yours, his smile easy and often, the welcoming handshake firm and...

Awards Profile: Quartet

Directed by: Dustin Hoffman Written by: Ronald Harwood (Play & Screenplay) Cast: Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay,...

Historical Circuit: Outbreak (**)

From Kramer vs. Kramer conquering the Oscars at the peak of second-wave feminism to Wag the Dog hitting theaters at around the time then-President Clinton ordered a...