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Awards Speculation: Is This the Year for Woody Harrelson?

It’s hard to believe Woody Harrelson has a career spanning five decades now. The versatile actor’s breakthrough came in 1985, when he joined the talented cast of NBC’s “Cheers,” playing the naive bartender, Woody Boyd. In the early ’90s, Harrelson became a more prominent figure in film, with memorable turns in “White Men Can’t Jump” […]

OPINION: Superhero Films at the Oscars and the Look Ahead

This year, “Deadpool” was snubbed at the Oscars. Ryan Reynolds, who put over 10 years of blood, sweat and tears into this project, gave one of the most unique performances in recent memory. Tim Miller did a fantastic job directing, and Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick brilliantly wrote what many agree to be an artistic, […]

Circuit 3: Your Favorite Horror Movie Sequels

Is there a genre more disparaged and maligned than that of the horror film sequel? Traditionally, the genre has been seen as a money grab – as sequels often are – that never manages to capture the spirit of what made the original film so successful. While there are exceptions to the rule, the good sequels […]

Supernatural TV: What’s With All These Actors Leaving?

In the current television landscape where diversity is a big talking point and internet hyper-vigilence, it’s not hard to stumble across a controversy. While there are those who might say that this is just tumblr activism, many, such as yours truly, look at this level of watching as deepening the conversation between art and audience. […]

Interview: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Screenwriters Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman

There have been many movies that have hit the zeitgeist on the way to some awards season success, but few do it as convincingly as Straight Outta Compton. The movie is the highest grossing musical biopic ever and its success on the guild circuit (PGA, SAG, and WGA nominations) have many thinking Oscar. WGA nominees Andrea […]

INTERVIEW: ‘Creed’ composer Ludwig Göransson Talks the Score

  Rebooting a franchise can be hard, especially when the film you’re making is going to be the seventh in the series.  You want to be somewhat reverential to the franchise proper, but you also want to stake your own claim.  That was the challenge presented to Ludwig Göransson, the Swedish composer to the breakout hit, Creed. […]

TIFF: John Crowley’s ‘Brooklyn’ is a romance to remember

In our cynical age of contemporary cinema, purely sentimental depictions of true love are hard to pull off and rarely attempted. But fans of classic cinema will surely appreciate John Crowley’s heartfelt new film Brooklyn, which successfully invokes the spirit of the romance dramas of the Golden Age. Starring a radiant Saoirse Ronan, this transatlantic […]

Watch the First Clip and New Images from ‘Truth’ with Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford

On behalf of Sony Pictures Classics, we’re excited to share the first clip from their upcoming film, TRUTH, starring Robert Redford as Dan Rather, Cate Blanchett, Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, and Dennis Quaid. TRUTH – In Select Theaters on October 16 —————————- Starring:  Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, and Dennis Quaid Written and […]

New Clip and Stills for ‘I Saw the Light’ with Tom Hiddleston That’s Premiering at TIFF!

In Theaters November 27   Starring:  Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford, Maddie Hasson, Wren Schmidt —————————- I SAW THE LIGHT – In Theaters November 27 —————————- Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford, Maddie Hasson, Wren Schmidt Written and Directed by: Marc Abraham —————————- Synopsis I SAW THE LIGHT, the story of […]

TIFF: ‘Demolition’ is prickly but cathartic

Through the success of his Oscar-nominated films Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, Quebecois filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée has cultivated a reputation for compelling dramas about individuals in crisis. This thematic thread continues with his newest film Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a man coping with the tragic death of his wife. Through this introspective narrative, Vallée […]

Telluride Review: Room (★★★)

Lenny Abrahamson’s Room is based on Emma Donoghue’s novel of the same name. This dark and gripping movie centers around a woman being held captive with her five-year-old son in a single small room for years, and their eventual escape and adaptation to the world above. By most accounts, the movie stays pretty true to the book, […]

Telluride Review: Spotlight (★★★★)

It’s always a joy to write about a movie you love. Especially one you love instantly. I could feel just moments into the film that Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight was going to hit all the right notes with me. Before the film began, we were introduced to McCarthy, Rachel McAdams, and birthday boy Michael Keaton. The crowd exploded […]

Telluride Review: Suffragette (★★★)

For the second time today, Meryl Streep was on hand for a showing I was at, this time for her own film, Suffragette. Director Sarah Gavron was there to introduce the film, which she explained took a long journey to complete. Her producers, screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady), and, of course, Meryl Streep, were all brought […]

Lineup for the 42nd Annual Telluride Film Festival

The program for the 42nd Telluride Film Festival has been announced! There are a few films on the agenda most of us expected to see, headlined by Universal’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Other films I am excited to get the chance to see […]

Mountain-Sized Dreams: A Brief History of Telluride

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a film critic. That, with apologies to Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese, is the absolute truth. I’ve been a lover of film since the moment I watched Kane’s Son emerge, a wide-eyed 10-year old instantly falling in love with the magic of cinema thanks to […]

Film Review: French Dirty (★★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: The joy of film festivals are their personal ventures you won’t see in the multiplex. Here, filmmakers weave home video footage into their fiction as if it was all part of the plan. It’s fitting that a film about brotherly love is made by two siblings. Writer, director and star Wade Allain-Marcus shares […]

Comic Con 2015: Scream Queens (★★½)

Messy. That’s the word I would use if you forced me to give my simplest reaction to Scream Queens, the new Ryan Murphy show that will premiere on Fox this fall. The characters are incredibly one note, the dialogue feels forced, and the situations stretch credibility. And yet, by the end, something starts clicking and […]

Comic Con 2015: Sense8

Netflix’s show Sense8 has quickly taken the world by storm, if the packed panel to hear EP J. Michael Straczynski was any indication. The show which follows 8 individuals who become mentally linked allowed for interesting topics to be explored in a science fiction show. While you can hear the entire audio below, here are […]

Film Review: In The Treetops (★★★)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: Teenage ennui is frequently a risky move for compelling cinema. Written, directed and starring Matthew Brown, not far from his teenage years at 24 (and a dead ringer for Billy Boyd), he depicts an insignificant chilly night with his real school pals. It’s DIY filmmaking, embracing a rugged documentary-like style. Brown is not interested […]

Marisa Tomei in talks to play Aunt May in new ‘Spider-Man’

Well this is certainly an interesting piece of news. Oscar winner Marisa Tomei is following in the footsteps of fellow Oscar winner Sally Field and Rosemary Harris in tackling the role of Aunt May in the new Spider-Man franchise. According to Variety, an offer went out to the actress last week. As you see above […]

Film Review: Stealing Cars (★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: Winner of the new Zeitgeist Award at the L.A. Film Festival, Stealing Cars feels like if Starred Up wanted to be Cool Hand Luke featuring Antoine-Olivier Pilon from Mommy. Both Stealing Cars and Mommy think their lead is hilarious, tragic and charming, and many of the latter’s fans agree, but I found Pilon unbearable. […]

Film Review: Frank & Cindy (★★★)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: I’m never one to mind a self-indulgent film. A personal touch usually resonates with me more than something written as an assignment. However, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more self-indulgent film this year than Frank and Cindy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though it may be for some, and it […]

Film Review: The Confines (★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: It takes a lot for a horror film to win me over unless it’s infused with a satirical streak of comedy. Great stories are hard to find, and a rich creepy atmosphere isn’t enough, they have to have depth but it can’t be too contrived to fit their symbolism. The last horror […]

Film Review: People Places Things (★★★)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: People Places Things isn’t really about people, places or things. That’s a grand statement. It’s much more specific. It’s about the romantic relationships of a 40 year old divorced father of two little girls, Will Henry played by Jemaine Clement. Writer and director James C. Strouse’s autobiographical touch brings a freshness to […]

LAFF Film Review: It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (★★★)

Charisma is an interesting power that actors have at their disposal. When used properly, an actor with charisma can render you completely unable to look away from the screen and elevate even the weakest material. Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg are two actors how have within them this kind of charisma. Both are incredibly likable […]

Top 10 Villains of All-Time (Mark Johnson)

Our yearly tradition that cites the “Greatest ___ of All-Time” begins once again with a look at the baddest guys and gals of the silver screen. Each writer will deliver their own set of ten, likely with all different interpretations of “the villain” and what they mean. If you miss one, click on the tag […]