Austin Film Festival

Middleburg Film Review: ‘La La Land’ Examines the Dark, Unforgiving Nature of Hollywood

2016 MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL: It is extremely difficult to live up to any expectations, especially when they’re set by yourself in your own psyche. It can sometimes be nearly impossible for one of the most anticipated films of the year to match those expectations. Damien Chazelle‘s highly anticipated follow-up to his Oscar-winning “Whiplash” was not just […]


Middleburg Film Festival: An Introduction to an Up and Comer in the Awards Season

While Telluride, TIFF and NYFF offer a detailed and enthusiastic landscape of the awards season, smaller, regional festivals are rising in the ranks. Scoring high-profile features, Virginia’s Middleburg Film Festival, taking place this weekend, is one of the most fruitful and dynamic destinations for a movie lover. Just a mere four years old, the festival […]


Film Review: ‘The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki’ Packs a Featherweight Punch

You’ve seen it countless times before. An underdog fighter gets the chance of a lifetime to compete for the world championship title against a formidable opponent. He undergoes rigorous training to overcome the odds, often to triumphant ends. Juho Kuosmanen breaks away from the formula with “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki,” […]


Circuit Breaker Episode 14: NYFF Closing, ‘Billy Lynn’ Reaction and Best Picture

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson and Joey Magidson. We discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday. Find us on Twitter at@Circuit_Pod, email us at, and […]


Oscar Circuit: Wrapping Up the New York Film Festival and Looking Ahead to Precursors

The festival doors at the Film Society at Lincoln Center have closed. The 2016 New York Film Festival is officially in the books with a few answers coming for questions on the Oscar race. The biggest thing to come out of the festival was surely Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women.” Boasting some beautiful notices for […]


Film Review: ‘Jackie’ Commands the Screen With Natalie Portman Heading the Charge

A biopic that breaks the barriers and conventions of the genre, Pablo Larrain‘s “Jackie” layers itself as a deeply felt drama masquerading as a new form horror venture. Exulting an adept and dexterous performance from Natalie Portman, “Jackie” transcends the ideas and imagery of the former first lady, and thrusts her into the spotlight of […]


85 Countries In Competition for 2016 Foreign Language Film Oscar, Record Number of Submissions

Read the Press Release: 85 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2016 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR® 60th anniversary of the Foreign Language Film Category LOS ANGELES, CA – Eighty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy Awards®.  Yemen is a first-time entrant. The 2016 submissions are: Albania, “Chromium,” Bujar […]


NYFF Film Review: ’20th Century Women’ Redefines Family and Relationships

2016 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Clever and beautifully endearing, Mike Mills‘ beautiful portrait of five people in the late 1970s is one of the year’s most glamorous efforts. Vaunting an exceptional ensemble, Mills’ wistful and ingenious script stands tall above the competition. Sweet-minded and shimmering in its comedic beats and even more irresistible in its […]


NYFF Film Review: ‘Toni Erdmann’ Is Ambitious but Ultimately Flawed

2016 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Maren Ade‘s touching, and often funny “Toni Erdmann” finds the nuance in many family relationships. Its look into the lives of a father and daughter struggling to take the serious out of their life, and vice versa, is quite charming. It is weirdly neurotic and reckless, but by credits end, […]


Film Review: ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Is a Vanity Project Sending a Terrible Message to its Target Community

The importance of minority filmmaking is at an all-time high. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag provided a spotlight onto a dark matter into an industry we love. It’s with movements like this that co-writer and director Nate Parker is afforded the opportunity to make “The Birth of a Nation.” He also gets to lend his tremendous acting […]


Studios Setting Academy Screenings and Amy Adams “STAYING LEAD” for ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Consideration

There’s been some notable updates to report on in regards to the Oscar race. Studios have started to launch their FYC (for your consideration) sites including Amazon Studios, Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures. Campaigns are beginning to rev up and focus their eyes on the Oscar ceremony in February. “Miss Sloane” has begun screening […]


WATCH: First Teaser Trailer and Poster for ‘Jackie’ With Natalie Portman

We have the first teaser trailer for “Jackie” from Pablo Larrain and starring Academy Award winner Natalie Portman. Check out the trailer and poster for the Oscar hopeful below. Also, take a look at the updated Oscar Predictions and see where “Jackie” ranks! In Select Theaters December 2 Connect with Jackie Online Visit Jackie on […]

(ctr l-r.) Academy Award nominees Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon star as Tony Hastings and Bobby Andes in writer/director Tom Ford’s romantic thriller NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, a Focus Features release.
Credit: Merrick Morton/Focus Features

Film Review: ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Is a Sultry Treat From Tom Ford

Tom Ford‘s seductive thriller “Nocturnal Animals” is hypnotic in every sense of the word. Exhibiting an all-star cast where everyone brings their A-game, this feature was even more compelling and infectious than his previously beloved, “A Single Man.” It’s a slick and sexy endeavor, assembling veteran craftsmen from all over the industry. Ford is a technical […]