Collateral Beauty

WATCH: New ‘Collateral Beauty’ Trailer With Will Smith, Kate Winslet and More

It has been quite a while since any news of “Collateral Beauty” has been announced. The dry spell is officially snapped, however, as another full-length trailer for the film released today. “Collateral Beauty” follows a New York ad man (Will Smith) on a downward spiral after a personal tragedy. His colleagues devise a unique plan to help […]

Collateral Beauty

WATCH: ‘Collateral Beauty’ Trailer With Will Smith, Helen Mirren and More

It has been quite a while since any news of “Collateral Beauty” has been announced. The dry spell is officially snapped, however, as the full-length trailer for the film released today. “Collateral Beauty” follows a New York ad man (Will Smith) on a downward spiral after a personal tragedy. His colleagues devise a unique plan to help […]

Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston, Helen Mirren Win Big at U.K.’s National Film Awards

U.K. movie fans have spoken, and Tom Hiddleston is officially their favorite actor of the year. The “Avengers” star won best actor at the second annual National Film Awards U.K. on Monday night. The awards, which were given out at the Porchester Hall in London and presented by the National Film Academy, are completely voted […]

Film Review: Eye in the Sky (★★★)

A very timely and almost unbearably tense military drama/political thriller, Eye in the Sky is the first film I can remember to effectively take on the issue of drone warfare. Director Gavin Hood is obviously very passionate about the ongoing debate about the use of drones and manages to reflect that in a movie that is […]

Keira Knightley Joins Star-Studded Drama ‘Collateral Beauty’

Actress Keira Knightley has joined the cast of “Collateral Beauty,” joining big names such as Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Naomie Harris and Michael Pena. Rachel McAdams is also rumored to be starring in the film. According to Variety, New Line’s latest ensemble drama will feature a New York advertising executive (Will Smith) who […]

SAG Awards Predictions and Preview: Looking Like 2006 All Over Again?

On Saturday, the SAG Awards will take place, handing out awards to actors by actors.  With the Oscar nominations officially out, and stirring up their own set of controversies, it’ll be interesting to see if SAG-AFTRA becomes a barometer for the most coveted award show for Hollywood or a reactionary response to recent dealings and changes […]

Film Review: Trumbo (★★★½)

Biopics go hand in hand with awards season, we all know that. Especially when the subject matter is serious, you expect some level of Oscar aspiration. Still, you don’t normally expect heavy material to be given a delightfully light touch, but that’s the case here with Trumbo. In telling this story, the choice of Jay […]

Check Out Bryan Cranston as ‘Trumbo’ in the First Official Poster!

With all signs pointing to a trailer debuting soon, Bleecker Street Films has just released the first official poster for Jay Roach’s “Trumbo” starring Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston, Oscar-winner Helen Mirren, and Oscar-nominee Diane Lane. Making its first bow at the Toronto Film Festival in September, the awards possibilities for this one is a […]

New Images Released for ‘Trumbo’ with Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, and Diane Lane

Just ahead of its announcement of premiering at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival, Jay Roach’s “Trumbo” has released new images with stars Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, and Diane Lane.  The film is also set to hit theaters on November 6, in the heat of the awards season. Check them out below: Directed By: […]

Are There Legitimate Musical/Comedy Contenders for the Golden Globes?

The 2014 Musical/Comedy races at the Golden Globes look bleak. After one of the best Musical/Comedy fields in memory in 2014, it looks like we’re back to a crop of questionable inclusions and non-Oscar contenders. Below, I analyze Musical/Comedy contenders and pretenders for the Best Picture – Musical/Comedy, along with Best Actor and Best Actress […]

Six Spot #9: Best Actress 2012

Welcome back to The Six Spot! In case you missed last week’s 2013 Best Actor Six Spot, you can catch it here. ***DISCLAIMER — please refrain from spoiling the Six Spot is the comment section!  Feel free to point out gaps in my logic and who YOU think would have won, but please don’t say […]

Production Begins on the Adaptation of ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

Read the Press Release: BURBANK, Calif. (October 9, 2013) – Production has begun in southwest France on “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” based on the best-selling novel by Richard C. Morais. Starring Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren, and directed by Oscar® nominee Lasse Hallström, the film will be released on August 8, 2014 in the U.S. In “The Hundred-Foot […]

Historical Circuit: Gosford Park (2001) – (★★★½)

As rain pummels the 1932 English countryside, a unique and diverse cast of characters slowly arrives at the door of Lord William and Lady Sylvia McCordle (Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas). William is a wealthy man with many friends and many more enemies, including his own wife. It’s clear from the start that the two […]

Women in Cinema: Female Sexuality and the Biopic

Who’s having sex and who isn’t in the celebrity world is nothing new, and pointless to report on.  Who are we to demand celebrities discuss their most intimate moments when non-famous people aren’t required to.  Discussing a star’s sex life isn’t proper but Hollywood loves to bring it up in biopics!  But does the subject […]

New Trailer for ‘Red 2’

Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, and Mary-Louise Parker are back for the sequel to the action/comedy film, Red. In Red 2, the returning gang will be joined by Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Brian Cox. I think anyone who has seen the first film knows what to expect, and this snippet from the synopsis […]

The Golden Globes: Worst Dressed

Does it every cross your mind what persuaded someone to pick a certain outfit to wear on the red carpet? Over the years I’ve grown to love fashion, and if I had the money to dress better I would, but alas I do not. Although, it’s free to judge our many famous celebrities on what […]

Analysis of the Golden Globe Nominations

The stars have aligned for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  They announced their nominations for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards.  For the first time, their nominees don’t seem as blatant for trying to have the biggest stars in Hollywood join together for a dinner party.  Of course, there are some glaring omissions from a few […]

Snippet Reviews: ‘Hitchcock,’ ‘Killing Them Softly,’ and ‘Any Day Now’

Sacha Gervasi’s much-anticipated Hitchcock was supposed to deliver a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the Master of Suspense’s masterpiece (Psycho) and its improbable success. Instead, this disaster became an outlandish fantasy around the film’s crazed director (Anthony Hopkins) and the strained relationship with his wife (and uncredited collaborator) Alma Reville (Helen Mirren, in one of the […]

Oscar Circuit – Music vs. History

With two (really one) contender left to be unveiled, this is the most exciting awards race I’ve covered in all my years of Oscar prognosticating.  Every category is competitive and with races like this, anything can happen.  Along with updating the official Oscar Predictions, I’ve updated the major precursors such as the Golden Globe Awards and […]

Hitchcock (**)

One of the more intriguing additions to the slate of Oscar contending films in 2012 is Hitchcock, a quasi-biopic which focuses on the legendary Alfred Hitchcock’s process in creating the most storied horror film of all time, Psycho. With truly little left to be said about Psycho, the idea of a look behind the curtain […]

Weekend Openings: (11/21-11/23)

What better way to start off the extended holiday weekend than stranded on with boat with a tiger in the visual and spiritual journey that is Life of Pi?  We can also be thankful for the Rise of the Guardians as they band together against a world-wide threat.  Then, be sure to avoid the Black […]

Hitchcock (***)

There’s a lot of different ways that one could approach a biopic of legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, but director Sacha Gervasi has certainly found a unique one here. ‘Hitchcock’ is a surprisingly whimsical and amusing tale of the director struggling to make ‘Psycho’ as he goes through a rough patch with his wife. That’s going […]

Hitchcock (***½)

Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock is a curious creation. Adapted from Stephen Rebello’s biographical novel, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, this biopic of “The Master of Suspense” unravels the director’s complex nature through the discourse of popcorn-munching entertainment. Whether Hitchcock sends you into fits of laughter (guilty!) or glues you in by reliving some of […]

Sizing Up: Best Actress

I’m back once again ladies and gentlemen to do some more Sizing Up! This time around I’m going to be tackling the somewhat slight Best Actress field. For many, this is the worst category of the majors this year and for some the hardest to figure out, especially in terms of a victor. The ultimate […]

Oscar Circuit: “10 Weeks to Go”

The Oscar race is beginning to formulate itself.  As it stands the Academy Awards have positioned themselves to be the wildest of wild cards of the Oscar season.  Since Oscar ballots are due January 3rd, the nominations will be one of many awards ceremonies coming down like wildfire. The Screen Actors Guild Awards announce their […]

New ‘Hitchcock’ Poster Pays Homage to its Roots

A new poster has dropped for Sacha Gervasi’s heavily anticipated new film, Hitchcock, which will share the love story between the famous titular director (played by Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) during the making of Hitch’s masterpiece. The film is based on the book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” […]

Oscar Circuit: “If I Had a Magic Lamp…”

Attempting to keep a pulse on the season has presented some challenges as of late for the 2013 Oscars and its predictions.  It can be argued that we don’t have a front runner in any category despite some films having strong showings at festivals. Best Picture has presented real challenges.  Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln finally had its trailer […]