Weekend Openings: Genre Efforts All Around

This weekend, the rare hotly anticipated February title rolls out in “Get Out.” Aside from that quality genre offering, there’s not too much, but that’s just the nature of the early year beast. Next week has something special on the horizon, but this week’s top pick is no slouch either. See more of this weekend’s […]

New Blu-ray/DVD Releases (02/21/17) – Oscar Nominees Galore

This week, a treasure trove of Oscar-nominated films come to Blu-ray and DVD. Quality trumps quantity on a day like this, but you’ll never hear complaints about that. As such, let us dive right in and see what’s hitting shelves! PICK OF THE WEEK “Manchester by the Sea” One of 2016’s most emotional endeavors, Kenneth […]

Weekend Openings: Oscar Hopefuls Litter the Holiday Weekend

This weekend, a ton of Oscar contenders are finally hitting screens. The new releases are supported by expansions, including for Denzel Washington‘s film “Fences.” Technically, Sunday also brings the release of “20th Century Women,” “Hidden Figures,” “Live by Night” and “Toni Erdmann,” but they’ll be handled in next week’s column. In addition, “La La Land” […]

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Weekend Openings: All Hail ‘La La Land’

At long last, this weekend brings the theatrical release of “La La Land.” Any week featuring this magnificent work would be top lined by it, but this week especially. Every other independent contender has gotten out of the way, essentially giving it the weekend to flex its muscles. Furthermore, it’s hitting right as the big […]

Weekend Openings: Choices On Thanksgiving Weekend

This weekend, audiences recovering from turkey overdoses and political discussions with relatives will have quite a few options in theaters for their viewing pleasure. Yes, fresh off of Thanksgiving, we have a very solid slate of Oscar hopefuls hitting cinemas. The hope is obviously to woo the Academy, though first contenders like “Miss Sloane” and […]

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 […]

Weekend Openings: ‘Loving’ the ‘Strange’

This weekend, if you’ll excuse the pun, it shouldn’t be hard loving at least one of these new releases. Yes, that includes the biopic “Loving“, but also Marvel’s latest in “Doctor Strange” and potentially “Hacksaw Ridge” as well. This is the sort of week that showcases what the awards season is all about. High quality […]

Weekend Openings: Top Tier Documentaries

This week, there is quite the slate of new releases to talk about. Chiefly, there are a pair of excellent documentaries hitting. They’re hardly the only things of note, as a certain controversial would-be Oscar contender is out as well, but documentaries are where it’s at this weekend, and that’s not always the case. If anything, […]

Weekend Openings: Double Kristen Stewart and a new quartet busting ghosts

Welcome back to Weekend Openings everybody! This week, we have a pair of Kristen Stewart movies for you to choose from, along with one very high-profile and surprisingly entertaining remake. I’ve previously reviewed all three titles that I’m mainly interested in running down today, so you’ll know how I feel about those, though they’re hardly […]

INTERVIEW: Kristen Stewart talks ‘Cafe Society’ and a Directorial Project

Whenever you sit down to talk with a big movie star, there’s some degree of preconceived notions that come along with the territory. Rightly or wrongly, you have in your head the personalities you’ve seen put forward on-screen and in the media, so there’s a person already somewhat formed before the conversation even begins. In […]

“Spotlight” dominates the Spirit Awards

As is the tradition, the day before the Oscars, Film Independent gave our their Independent Spirit Awards. In what was perhaps a bit of a surprise, Tom McCarthy‘s Spotlight was the night’s big victor. The movie took home every prize it was nominated for, including Best Feature, beating back Todd Haynes‘ Carol, among others. The […]

If the AC Had an Oscar Ballot – Winners Edition

The staff has spoken! Yes, after unveiling our personal nominations last week, both on the Power Hour and in an article, we at The Awards Circuit have voted and now present our winners for the year that was. If you’ve listened to the newest episode of the podcast, you might already know the outcome, but […]

If the AC Staff Had an Oscar Ballot

If you’ve listened to the latest episode of the Power Hour already, you’ll know this by now, but for everyone else…the nominations for the Awards Circuit Staff Awards are out! Yes, we the staff have voted and cited a ton of different 2015 releases, including all eight Best Picture nominees at the Oscars (in various […]

The Annual Alternate Oscar Nominations

Just like they consistently manage to do, the Academy offered up a mix of good and bad with their most recent Oscar nominations announcement last week. As always, I’m going to be making my annual list here of nominations from the announcement that didn’t happen. For those who don’t follow or don’t remember this piece from […]

‘Bridge of Spies’ and ‘Carol’ lead the BAFTA nominations

Late last night (or technically early this morning), the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced their British Academy Film Awards, with Steven Spielberg‘s Bridge of Spies and Todd Haynes‘ Carol leading the way with nine nominations apiece. Next in line was Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s The Revenant with eight, while George Miller‘s Mad Max: […]

Sizing Up: Best Adapted Screenplay 2015

We’re coming to the end of the Sizing Up series for 2015 folks. This penultimate time around, we’re moving on from the acting categories and tackling the Adapted Screenplay race. I willingly admit that my success rate is still to be determined with this year’s crop of articles, but that kind of comes with the […]

Sizing Up: Best Supporting Actress 2015

Continuing on with the Sizing Up series, this one is a look at the slate of Best Supporting Actress contenders. As always with this annual tradition of mine, this is as large a grouping of the hopefuls as is possible, categorizing them by their assumed likelihood of a nomination come the big morning. Oftentimes, more […]

Sizing Up: Best Supporting Actor 2015

Happy post Turkey Day folks. By now, you know what this is…my series of articles that deal with how to rank the chances of the various categories of Oscar contenders. This one is as large a scale grouping of the hopefuls for Best Supporting Actor as possible/prudent this year, excluding of course some no shot […]

Sizing Up: Best Actress 2015

We’re back now ladies and gentlemen for part four of this annual Sizing Up series of articles. This time around I’m going to be tackling the rather top-heavy Best Actress field. Unlike last year, for many this won’t be one of the more boring categories out of the majors or potentially the easiest to figure […]

Sizing Up: Best Director 2015

Welcome back again to the Sizing Up Series folks. It’s time to continue this 2015 incarnation with an in-depth look at the Director candidates competing for a spot in this year’s Oscar lineup. As was the case last year (and the many years before it, for that matter), there are a few things to keep […]

Sizing Up: Best Picture 2015

Folks, here we go again. Continuing a fairly long standing annual fall tradition at The Awards Circuit, I’m beginning the Sizing Up series once again. The name of the game here, for those new on the scene, is basically to make an early grouping of the hopefuls for all the main categories and, well, you […]

2015 Cannes Film Festival Lineup Announced!

There’s no other festival in the world quite like the Cannes Film Festival. Each and every single year, pundits gather in France to celebrate the finest that the film industry worldwide has to offer. This year should be no exception, with tons of interesting movies slated to bow at Cannes, beginning with the Opening Night […]