2017 Awards Circuit In Line Series: 25 Actresses for an Oscar Nomination

Welcome to the official 2017 AWARDS CIRCUIT IN LINE SERIES! The Academy Awards get tons of flack for not rewarding actors and actresses in the prime of their careers. It often boils down to poor timing, but sometimes the Academy’s choices are downright baffling. Here at Awards Circuit, we will begin an annual tradition called […]

Weekend Openings: An ‘Arrival’ for ‘Billy Lynn’ and Zoe Kazan

This weekend, we have a really nice assortment of new releases. For one, sci-fi fans get a treat with the release of “Arrival.” Independent cinema hounds have a riveting Zoe Kazan performance to bite into. There’s also “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” limping into theaters, among other titles of note. This is another week that […]

Oscars: ‘Fences’ Lands and Golden Globes Chasing the Hollywood Couples?

The beginning of Phase 1 has officially kicked off. FYC ads and sites are up and running, pundits are chiming in with predictions and commentary, and events are taking place to put the right films and performers in front of the right voting member. Over the next four weeks, studios are setting up special screenings […]

NYFF Film Review: ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Focuses on Technology and Nothing Else

2016 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: With a luxurious resume that includes timeless films like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Brokeback Mountain,” there has been an expectation that there isn’t anything that director Ang Lee can’t accomplish. His last venture “Life of Pi,” which also premiered at the New York Film Festival in 2013, pushed the […]

NYFF Film Review: “Personal Shopper” Is a Kristen Stewart Showstopper

2016 New York Film Festival: At this point, it seems like a safe bet that Kristen Stewart is capable of making just about anything captivating. For a good portion of “Personal Shopper,” she texts with a potential ghost. Sounds boring, right? Well, at times it threatens to be, but Stewart pushes through. Writer/director Olivier Assayas clearly […]

NYFF Film Review: ‘Certain Women’ Is Quietly Powerful With Stunning Performances

2016 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: A methodical and slowly cooked film focusing on love and women, Kelly Reichardt‘s “Certain Women” is totally engrossing. The film lives and breathes in the quiet. The silence, in which Reichardt decides to focus on the inner emotion of the character, is quite compelling and uncommonly absorbing. Rest assured, you […]

WATCH: First Trailer for ‘Personal Shopper’ with Kristen Stewart, Opens March 2017

We have the first official trailer for “Personal Shopper” from Olivier Assayas and starring Kristen Stewart.  The film will be screening at the 54th New York Film Festival next week. “Personal Shopper” is distributed by Sundance Selects and is scheduled to open March 10, 2017. Maureen is a young American in Paris making her living […]

Detroit Film Critics Society

Oscar Circuit: Have the Acting Winners Already Been Seen?

With three big festivals behind us, and #NYFF54 fully underway, the acting races are heating up. In the midst of the race unfolding, the Oscar-loving community is desperate for a frontrunner. When Awards Circuit writer Mark Johnson returned from Telluride a few weeks ago, he stated there’s a chance that he saw all four acting […]

Certain Women

WATCH: First Trailer for ‘Certain Women’ With Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern and Michelle Williams

Kelly Reichardt‘s “Certain Women” debuted at Sundance to rave reviews. Now, ahead of its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, the first trailer for the film has arrived. Writer-director-editor Reichardt tells the story of four different women whose lives intersect in meaningful ways. Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams and newcomer Lily Gladstone all […]

Circuit Chat: Fanning v. Fanning Face-Off in Supporting Actress?

Welcome to Circuit Chat!  Each Wednesday that Circuit Chat lands, we’ll be talking about a specific category either in depth or a particular film or narrative taking place through the season.  Think of this as Clayton’s Oscar Circuit, but about one race rather than all of them!  For example: the potentially historic strength of the Best Actress […]

2016 Oscar Circuit Guide: Award Hopefuls Debuting at Venice, TIFF, and NYFF

The Oscar season will officially be underway this week with the start of the biggest festivals of the fall. Over the next four weeks we will venture off into the Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and New York Film Festival. This is a preview of the fall festivals and what […]