Oscar Circuit: Best Supporting Actor

Our annual look at the individual Oscar categories begins.  If you miss a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2015.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Supporting Actor. AND THE NOMINEES ARE Robert Duvall – The Judge Oscar Scene: “You’re standing in one of the last great cathedrals in this […]

STUDIO CIRCUIT: Did Warner Bros. Send a ‘Sniper’ To Eliminate the Competition?

More FYC sites have launched and the Studio Circuit series ventures on.  Warner Bros. weighed in with a respective slate that includes “The LEGO Movie,” “The Judge,” “Inherent Vice,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” and “American Sniper.” Warner Bros. must be walking into the season feeling very confident.  Just last year, with eight […]

Film Review: The Judge (★★½)

There’s a really good movie buried somewhere within The Judge, I’m sure of that. There’s plenty of enjoyment in watching Robert Downey Jr. spar with Robert Duvall, but you often wish the situations they were in happened to be different…or at least more clever. Co-writer/director David Dobkin is transitioning from broad/raunchy comedy to earnest adult […]

Historical Film Review: The Killer Elite (★★½)

Director Sam Peckinpah was well-known for his violently graphic and introspective films, as well as his incredibly difficult nature that ended up dooming his career. By the mid-1970s Peckinpah struggled to get films made after infamously having his work edited behind his back and battling drug and alcohol addiction. After a successful turn directing a […]

TIFF 2014 Film Review: The Judge (★)

Following the TIFF tradition of mixed to disappointing opening night films (The Fifth Estate, Looper, From the Sky Down), David Dobkin’s The Judge is a mediocre and laughably improbable courtroom drama propped up by an undeserved awards push for a cast acting beneath themselves. A bloated, dew-eyed 141-minute episode of “Law and Order,” the movie […]

TIFF: ‘The Judge’ is in contempt of court

Be sure to check out the Toronto reactions to Jason Reitman’s Men, Women, and Children in another post.  Also, be sure to check out Diana Drumm’s review of David Dobkin’s The Judge. Below are some insta-tweet reactions from the courtroom/family drama: The Judge: Flashback to 1993. Imagine My Cousin Vinny without comedy. #TIFF — Vince […]

Oscar Predictions

OSCARS or NOT: Top 50 Films You Need to See for the Fall

This week we have the official kick off to awards season with the Telluride Film Festival starting for critics everywhere.  Films will be “secretly” screened, buzz will reach a fever pitch for certain films, and some films will fall on their face.  It’s the nature of the game.  The entire staff of AwardsCircuit.com has put […]

Watch Robert Downey, Jr. in ‘The Judge’ Trailer and Poster from Warner Bros.

As the Academy Award Predictions continue to be updated, I keep a close eye on David Dobkin’s The Judge starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall.  Distributed by Warner Bros., and given a very awards-friendly October 10 release, this could be a true contender as the year plays out.  The film tells the story of […]

OSCARS 2014: Films With the Strongest Chance at Acting Nods

TOP TEN TUESDAY: As Cannes gets more and more press (and I get more and more jealous), I’ve decided to focus this edition of Top Ten Tuesday to the remaining slate of films set to open later this year.  Below, you will find my ten most anticipated films of the year featuring what I believe […]

Six Spot #7: Best Actor 1997

Welcome back to The Six Spot! In case you missed last week’s 2007 Best Director Six Spot, you can catch it here. This week, in honor of ACCA 1997, we dive into the 1997 Best Actor race (thanks to Terence for his persistent suggestion of this Six Spot idea). The last time we saw the […]

Awards Profile: The Judge

Directed by: David Dobkin Written by: Nick Schenk, David Seidler, and Bill Dubuque Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Leighton Meester, Dax Shepard, Billy Bob Thornton, Melissa Leo, and Vincent D’Onofrio Synopsis: A successful lawyer (Downey Jr.)  returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is […]

Historical Circuit: Ordinary People (1980) (★★★★)

Can a family survive tragedy together by dealing with it separately? This is one of the biggest questions at the heart of Robert Redford‘s directorial debut, 1980’s Ordinary People. The film centers around the Jarrett family, successful, affluent, and navigating the difficult path of the recent loss of older son Buck. The central character is […]

New Images from Billy Bob Thornton’s ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car’

We’ve just received a few new images from Billy Bob Thornton’s new film, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, courtesy of Anchor Bay Films. Thornton wrote, directed, and stars in the film along with Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick, Ray Stevenson, Frances O’Connor, and Katherine LaNasa. Jayne Mansfield’s Car will be available on-demand August 20 and will appear […]

Ten Guilty Chills and Thrills from 93′ – Twenty Years Later

File this one under random but I found myself reminiscing about the great films of 1993.  Obviously, one of the first films people usually bring up is the Oscar-winning masterpiece Schindler’s List (1993).  A monumental achievement in filmmaking, the Holocaust film is one of cinema’s marvelous achievements.  The films I intend to bring to your […]

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 […]

New Trailer for Tom Cruise Action Film ‘Jack Reacher’

Tom Cruise stars as the title character in Jack Reacher, an action film that on the surface appears to steal the best parts of Drive, the Bourne films, and Taken. The most attractive element of Christopher McQuarrie’s (The Usual Suspects) thriller (aside from Rosamund Pike co-starring) might be seeing legendary documentarian Werner Herzog as the […]

Lead Actor Overstuffed

This year’s race for the Academy Award for Best Actor will have no shortage of worthy nominees; in fact I daresay they could nominate five worthy actors right now. However there are still many more performances to be unveiled, work that will end up in the category, work that will not, disappointing audiences, the Academy […]

Top Twenty Must-See at Toronto

Having gone through the announced films with a fine tooth comb I have come up with a list of twenty must sees, the films that will have absolute priority over everything else for at TIFF. That is not to say I will not venture into other movies, I most certainly will, but for now, the twenty […]

TIFF Golden Moments

The movie had not gotten a great deal of press coming into the festival, in fact, very few people had actually seen it. The festival programmer for sure had seen the film, and later I learned that Francis Ford Coppola had screened it for his friend, offering some advice. Part way through the picture I […]

TV Review: Hemingway & Gellhorn (**½)

“Why should I be a footnote to someone else’s life” — Martha Gellhorn. Thanks to Nicole Kidman’s headstrong, passionate, and balls-to-the-wall performance as famed war correspondent, Martha Gellhorn — more recognized in history as the third wife of Ernest Hemingway — I doubt Gellhorn will ever be regarded as a footnote again. The title of […]