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 […]

Director Guillermo del Toro Begins Principal Photography on ‘The Shape of Water’

Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer to Star Read the Press Release: Los Angeles, CA, August 15, 2016 – Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced that principal photography on THE SHAPE OF WATER began today in Toronto, Canada.  The film stars Academy Award nominee Sally […]

‘LULLABY’ starring Amy Adams, Garrett Hedlund, and Richard Jenkins: Available on DVD July 29, 2014

Los Angeles, June 27, 2014 – ARC Entertainment brings you the heart-felt drama LULABY. Written and directed by acclaimed fine artist Andrew Levitas (Hellbent, Beauty Shop), the film stars Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy, Inside Llewyn Davis, Pan), Academy Award Nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Eat, Pray, Love), Academy Award Nominee Amy Adams (American Hustle, Her, […]

God’s Pocket (★★)

There’s no such thing as a bad performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman, and that’s true even when the movie surrounding the late actor isn’t up to par. Such is the case with actor John Slattery‘s directorial debut God’s Pocket, an incredibly uneven film that has a few strong moments and some solid performances, but is […]

IFC Films Picks Up U.S. Rights to John Slattery’s ‘God’s Pocket’

Read the Press Release: PARK CITY, UTAH (January 22, 2014) – IFC Films announced today from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to John Slattery’s directorial debut film, GOD’S POCKET. The film, with a screenplay by Slattery and Alex Metcalf, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, and John […]

White House Down (***)

Once upon a time I didn’t care much for Channing Tatum. He appeared in terrible films and gave less than acceptable performances, and sometimes worse than that. Then, over the last year and a half or so, he’s completely turned it around. From appearing in smaller parts that stretched his abilities to really capturing my […]

Jack Reacher (***)

Much like the title character, the film ‘Jack Reacher’ gets in, does its job, and gets out. Tom Cruise’s potential new franchise is a decidedly low tech detective story that offers audiences some old school entertainment. It’s hardly original, but I’m pretty sure that’s intentional on the part of Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie. They […]

Killing Them Softly (***½)

As angry as any film you’ll see this year, but also probably as entertaining at the same time, ‘Killing Them Softly’ is a movie that works on multiple levels. Some might only see an effective and enjoyable mob tale, and some filmmakers might have been content to stop there, but others will no doubt notice […]

Liberal Arts (***½)

While I definitely enjoyed Josh Radnor’s first feature, I wasn’t prepared at all for the giant leap forward that he takes as a filmmaker with ‘Liberal Art’s, an absolute gift of a motion picture. Besides Radnor’s sublime writing and direction, he also turns in a fine lead performance, not to mention the outstanding work from […]