Production Begins on ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

Filming has begun on STXfilms’ “A Bad Moms Christmas,” reuniting the dynamic team of “Bad Moms,” writers/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, producer Suzanne Todd, and executive producers Bill Block and Mark Kamine. Returning as the stars of “A Bad Moms Christmas” are the triple threat cast of Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn as […]

TV Review: ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Is a Masterpiece of Hollywood Storytelling

One of the most interesting developments of TV over the last year and a half is the revitalization of Ryan Murphy. Murphy’s long been seen as a polarizing individual, with some enjoying his stylistic approach to TV. Others see Murphy as someone who falls back on camp and stock characters that ultimately fall flat. However, […]

Top 10: Real Hollywood Couples Who Co-Starred Together

Chemistry between co-stars is an elusive art. It’s almost as if lightning has to strike in order to find the perfect on screen romantic pair. One way to try and ensure on screen chemistry is to hire stars who are actually romantically linked in real life. Even then, real life chemistry isn’t always able to […]

Tribeca Film Review: The Meddler (★★★)

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL: An enjoyable dramedy that also puts forward the rare romantic subplot featuring actors not in their 20’s or 30’s, The Meddler has something a bit unique to offer the marketplace. One of the more crowd pleasing efforts I’ve seen at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, it works best as a vehicle for […]

Historical Circuit: Pretty Baby (1978) (★★★½)

By 1978 second-wave feminism saw many landmark decisions and events including the first National Women’s Conference in a century, court cases involving marital rape, and the continued disinterest in an Equal Rights Amendment. 1978 was also the year sexualizing young girls came to the forefront. Yes, the objectification of young girls wasn’t anything new before […]

Historical Circuit Halloween: The Hunger (★★)

The vampire as a symbol in horror films has evolved throughout the years, with each decade’s take on the fanged menace moving from representing the fear of the foreigner to the power of illicit sex. The 1980s vampire’s lust for blood came to embody its own brand of horror: AIDS, and specifically the increasing belief […]

Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up ‘The Meddler’ with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne

NEW YORK (August 25, 2015) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will theatrically release THE MEDDLER, starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons, in North America.  Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World), the film will have its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto […]

Watch the New Trailer for ‘ABOUT RAY’ starring Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon

—————————- ABOUT RAY – In Theaters September 18 —————————- Starring: Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Tate Donovan, Linda Emond, Sam Trammell, Maria Dizzia Directed by: Gaby Dellal Written by: Nikole Beckwith and Gaby Dellal —————————- Synopsis ABOUT RAY tells the stirring and touching story of three generations of a family living under one roof in New […]

Tammy (★½)

Whatever happened to the Melissa McCarthy from Bridesmaids? You know, the Oscar nominated one who stole the show and tickled our funny bone…where has she gone? Is she ever coming back? With the misfire Tammy, McCarthy is trying to trade in her improvisational riffing for something more scripted and traditional, a decision that doesn’t suit […]

New Trailer & Poster for ‘The Last of Robin Hood’

The Last of Robin Hood – In Theaters August 29th! —————————- Starring: Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, Dakota Fanning Written and Directed By: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland —————————-  Rating: R Running Time: 90 Minutes —————————- Synopsis: Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies man, flouted convention all his life, but never more brazenly than in his last years when, […]

Snitch (***)

Snitch is one of those films that you go in expecting one thing and get those judgments and preconceived notions blown to bits by a sharp screenplay, fantastic acting, and confident direction. A fascinating character study wrapped in the thin shroud of an action thriller, Snitch, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a powerful statement film about drug […]

Weekend Openings: 2/22/2013

As Awards Season draws to a close this weekend, new releases feebly hoping for some viewership are kept to a conservative minimum.  With no shortage of derivative action and horror pictures monopolizing theaters in the year’s early months, Dwayne Johnson (in his first of many) joins they fray with Snitch along with paranormal thriller Dark […]

Two Lead Contenders on Lionsgate Awards Plate

When the Lionsgate Awards site went LIVE today and listed their slate of contenders involving Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Fisher Stevens’ Stand Up Guys, Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games, Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage, and J.A. Bayona’s The Impossible, I started to analyze how this year could pan out for smaller films that […]

Snippet Reviews

Cloud Atlas (***½) Simply put, Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas is an allegory about love, freedom, and the connectivity of the human spirit throughout all of time, space, and everything in between. But there is nothing simple about this film – this challengingly ambitious and wildly intrepid film – that weaves six […]

Arbitrage (***½)

Arbitrage is a film that might seem like little more than a energetic, well acted film about the financial crisis, but underneath the surface is a hauntingly urgent requiem on the American Dream and the moral fabric of the country. Using a bevy of fantastic performances and a sharp script, the film is a great Rorshach […]

Robot & Frank (***)

Though you can pretty much tell exactly where the film is going from early on in the proceedings, ‘Robot & Frank’ still manages to come off as a relatively clever and very enjoyable sci-fi dramedy. The biggest asset that this flick has going for it is the lead performance of Frank Langella, along with his […]

Los Angeles Film Festival Diaries: Day Seven

Day Seven of the Los Angeles Film Festival™ offered a little something extra aside from my usual screening adventures. For the first time since Clayton, Anna, and Robert all had lunch together earlier this year before the commencing of the 84th Annual Academy Awards, two Award Circuit staff members were able to meet yesterday for […]

Awards Profile: Cloud Atlas

Directed By: Andy and Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer Written By: Andy and Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Ben Wishaw, Jim Broadbent Synopsis: “An epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and […]

Cloud Atlas will be unleashed on audiences this coming December!

I have absolutely no clue what to expect with the film ‘Cloud Atlas’, a joint venture between the Wachowskis (Lana and Andy…formerly Larry and Andy) and Tom Tykwer. Based on the highly praised novel by David Mitchell, it’s a layered and bizarre sounding work that could either go horribly wrong or dazzlingly right. We won’t […]

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (***½)

I’ve always enjoyed the work of pseudo-cult filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass. From ‘The Puffy Chair’ to ‘Baghead’ to ‘Cyrus’, they’ve gone from pioneers of the Mumblecore movement to a talented duo that could very well be headed towards major mainstream success in the somewhat near future. With ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’, I personally […]