Film Review: ‘The Boss Baby’ Is The Loaded Diaper of Animated Comedies

Piecing together the logic of “The Boss Baby” is an absolute fool’s errand. Still, it’s better than actually following the plot of this cartoon, one that consistently lowers your expectations. Between the occasionally double edged humor that teeters on the edge of filth and the paper thin premise, there’s almost nothing here of worth. At […]

2017 Awards Circuit In Line Series: 25 Actors 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 […]

TV Review: ‘Horace and Pete’ Revolutionizes the Idea of New and Innovative Television

When “Louie” made its debut in 2010, it was clear that comedian Louis C.K. was interested in a different kind of show. From the pilot, “Louie” explored a somewhat heightened version of the world we inhabit, while simultaneously exploring aspects of its creator. It was this honesty with the audience that ultimately gained the series […]

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Oscars: 10 Men the Academy STILL Hasn’t Recognized

With a little more than 24 hours until the Academy Awards, surely many people cried foul on many actors, filmmakers, and films that were omitted from the nominations.  The reason we admire the Academy Awards so much is that they are an elite force within Hollywood, focused on citing the very best.  We believe that (at […]

Watch the First Trailer for Thomas McCarthy’s ‘The Cobbler’ with Adam Sandler

Back at the Toronto International Film Festival a few months ago, filmmaker Thomas McCarthy experienced his first critical thrashing with the Adam Sandler starring fantasy The Cobbler. Reviews were absolutely savage, but at the same time, they hinted at something so weird it almost became a must see for me. I’ve never been huge on […]

EMMY PREDICTIONS: Creative Arts Emmys

The Emmy Awards give out a TON of trophies.  Some people consider this much too much, however, I dare you to look down this list of their technical categories and claim even one is superfluous.  Either way, due to the TV Academy’s large amount of categories, they separate the Emmy ceremony into two shows: the […]

Oscars 2014: New Faces, Few Spaces

OSCAR CIRCUIT: A few changes have occurred in the 2014 Oscar Predictions.  Rumors of Saul Dibb‘s Suite Francaise, Todd Haynes’ Carol, and Justin Kurzel‘s MacBeth moving to 2015 have floated around so I jumped the gun and removed them from the predictions.  Sadly on the surface, with those three big films moving, I’m beginning to […]

Emmys Circuit: Drama Lead Actor

As I mentioned last week, aside from Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series*, Lead Actor in a Drama Series might be my favorite acting race at the Emmys—at least currently. This category presents an interesting, and almost guaranteed massive shake-up from the 2013 lineup. ****CLAYTON’S PREDICTIONS*** *For this and future Emmy Circuit articles, I’ll be […]

Boardwalk Empire Recap – 4.12 Farewell Daddy Blue

If there is one thing that Boardwalk could always claim it was that it knew how to end a season. After last week’s set-up episode, it seemed that we could get another big finale, but instead “Farewell Daddy Blues” ended the weakest season in far less than spectacular fashion. After being attacked at the end […]

Boardwalk Empire Recap: 4.11 Havre de Grace

AFI forced me to take on bye on “Boardwalk” last week, so here’s a crash course in case you missed it too. Chalky and Narcisse are in full-fledged war, and Nucky’s caught in the middle. When he learns that Narcisse has struck a deal with Masseria and the mayor, Nucky realizes he can no longer […]

Boardwalk Empire Recap: 4.07 “William Wilson”

The plot thickens in Atlantic City this week and “Boardwalk” is quickly starting to regain its footing after a less than stellar first half. Like last week, “William Wilson” passes over the violence for a closer examination into character, and we finally get more information on a number of this season’s new additions and just […]

Boardwalk Empire Recap: 4.01 – “New York Sour”

It’s fitting the season four premiere of “Boardwalk Empire” should coincide with the NFL’s first Sunday. Much like football, “Boardwalk” is known to have long periods of minimal action, but then big bursts of violence or key developments. “New York Sour” certainly delivered on the violence, but it seems season four will take its time […]

Grown Ups 2 (**)

I don’t think there’s anyone out there who actually expected Grown Ups 2 to be a good movie, especially those of us who saw the first one (and judging by the box office/this being the first Adam Sandler vehicle to be given a sequel, there’s plenty) and knew what to be prepared for. As if […]

Monsters University (**½)

Not even the coldest of hearts can resist the affable charm of monster-duo Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan (Billy Crystal and John Goodman, respectively), but that doesn’t mean it’s fair for them to carry a threadbare, unoriginal narrative on their backs and expect Toy Story 2-levels of greatness to transpire. Disney•Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. prequel, […]

On the Road (***)

After what feels like just about an eternity, I finally saw ‘On the Road’ back in early October at one of the first screenings post Toronto. This is a film that’s been on the verge of release so long it’s almost become an annual joke between Clayton and myself about including it in predictions at […]

Circuit 3: Steve Buscemi

Steven Vincent Buscemi turned 55 on December 13th. He worked as a firefighter while attending the Lee Strasberg Institute in the 80s. His first role in a motion picture was in Parting Glances, for which he received praise. He received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Male in Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train (1989). […]

TV Review: Boardwalk Empire, Season 3 (***½)

Somehow, someway, Boardwalk Empire has managed to sustain itself in the upper echelons of great television in spite of the potentially-controversial decision to kill off the series’ second-most important character in the final moments of last season’s finale. Immediately following this jarring narrative twist, Boardwalk Empire was praised by critics and fans alike for its […]

Disney/Pixar’s Monster’s University Teaser Trailer(s) Debut!

Anyone who knows me by now, knows that how I much I absolutely LOVE Monster’s Inc., as it was my #2 film of 2001.  While my excitement is parked cautiously on the follow-up prequel, Monster’s University, I remember great films like Toy Story have only gotten better with each and every movie. Disney/Pixar has released […]

Awards Profile: On the Road

Directed by: Walter Salles Written by: Jose Rivera (based on the novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac) Cast: Sam Riley, Garret Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Alice Braga, Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanna Zacarias, and Danny Morgan Synopsis (from the Internet Movie Database): Dean and […]

Rampart (***)

Woody Harrelson shines in co-writer/director Oren Moverman’s sometimes uneven but always compelling police drama ‘Rampart’.  Harrelson is absolutely phenomenal playing an old school member of the Los Angeles Police Department during a time when the tide is changing and people like him are a thing of the past.  Moverman has improved as a director since […]