THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2: Ends the series with an unsatisfying whimper, the result of poor, underdeveloped artistic choices.
There’s war coming, all-out war, all-out civil war, to Panem, the fictionalized future successor to the United States central to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy in print and on film, but not yet (operative phrase being “not yet”) to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (hereinafter “Mockingjay, Part 1”), the
The movie world is all about the actors, though the occasional director, like Peter Jackson, George Lucas, or Steven Spielberg, gets lucky every now and then. Among the cinematic minds who almost always the short end of the stick, however, are the writers, but The Hollywood Reporter gives them the
As if it needed another boost, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave won the Toronto International Film Festival’s audience award. The runners-up were Stephen Frears’ Philomena and Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners. Expect the latter to be the big ticket this weekend as its only new competition comes in the form of
We Oscar obsessives discuss the Academy Awards throughout the year, but the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off what we refer to as the Oscar season – and with good reason, as we have lots of ground to cover this week. Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate kicked off the fest with
The Telluride Film Festival came to a close on Monday. Of course, the festival didn’t end without showcasing a number of potential Oscar contenders. Films like J.C. Chandor’s All is Lost, the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, and Alexander Payne’s Nebraska already played at Cannes; the stateside premieres led to
Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity kicked off the Venice Film Festival earlier today. By all accounts, it’s a great film that looks like one to beat at the Oscars, particularly for Cuarón in the director race, Sandra Bullock in the best actress race, and DP Emmanuel Lubezki in the cinematography category. Stephen Frears’ Philomena could
The strong opening for Lee Daniels’… Lee Daniels’ The Butler came as less than a surprise, but what does it mean for the Oscars? If nothing else, expect Oprah Winfrey to be competitive for the supporting actress Oscar. She could easily win the Golden Globe, but she might have difficulty