It’s the time of the year many movie lovers fear but fills others with cheer. Folks, the season’s kicking into gear. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman hits theaters across the United States this weekend, while Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash gets an expansion to about 400 screens. Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher and Tommy Lee
AMERICAN HUSTLE and GRAVITY lead the Oscar nominations. 12 YEARS A SLAVE close behind. And what’s ALONE YET NOT ALONE?
Members of the motion-picture academy could begin voting for the Oscars as early as Dec. 27, and today marks the final day on which they can turn in their ballots. In other words, nothing that happens after today – save for some kind of technical glitch with the electronic voting
Forgive me for cribbing that movie quote, a line you couldn’t escape – believe me, I tried – upon the release of Despicable Me in 2001. It aptly describes the film: not much in the way of story, little more than an excuse for androgynous yellow creatures to spew gibberish.
Edit: This article once stated that Judi Dench was a musical or comedy contender at the Golden Globes for her work in Philomena. However, she and the film will compete in the drama categories. This week saw not only the Gotham Awards ceremony, but also the New York Film Critics
The first-ever screening of David O. Russell’s American Hustle took place on Sunday. Word on the film ranges from decent to terrific, but the one aspect on which everyone seemed to agree: Jennifer Lawrence. Last year’s best actress winner apparently steals the movie with her scenes as the wife of
With around $36.6 million, Thor: The Dark World again won the box office, but competition for the number one spot was surprisingly heated, so there go the “hammer” and “clobber” puns I would have otherwise used. Malcolm D. Lee’s The Best Man Holiday, sequel to 1999’s The Best Man, more
Awards, Fests, and Campaigns Disney will push Saving Mr. Banks, which had a great stateside debut at the AFI Fest, as a drama at the Golden Globes. Most of us thought the film, which examines Walt Disney and P.L. Travers’ disagreements about 1964’s Mary Poppins, would contend in the musical
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
Blue is the Warmest Color, Abdellatif Kechiche’s drama about a romance between two young women, took to four screens this weekend and opened with $100,316. That’s $25,079 for each screen, a better average than Michael Haneke’s Amour, the drama about an elderly woman and her husband that earned five Oscar
Before heading into this week’s analysis, one should note that six films we assume are Oscar contenders remain unseen: American Hustle, Lone Survivor, Out of the Furnace, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Wolf of Wall Street. (The lattermost might not arrive this year, but distributor Paramount hopes it will be
Cate Blanchett got a tribute on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the New York Film Festival. That and Blue Jasmine director Woody Allen’s personal shout-out surely gave more credence to her already-strong best actress campaign. Of course, Blanchett’s perceived rival for the Oscar, Sandra Bullock, got a boost of her own