There’s a sequence in the second act of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi that is not great. It’s not bad, per say, but it protracts the second act in a way that is unnecessary and, in retrospect, kind of feels like franchise service more than it feels like
THE FORCE AWAKENS ushers in a new era of STAR WARS with a lot riding on it’s shoulders. Maybe even too much.
How many saw this coming? J.C. Chandor’s crime drama A Most Violent Year unexpectedly won the National Board of Review’s (NBR) awards for film, director, actor for Oscar Isaac (who tied with the Birdman’s Michael Keaton) and supporting actress for Jessica Chastain. Less surprising were the honors bestowed by the
A new teaser trailer for the upcoming film A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain has been released!
There’s almost always an awesome film coming out on Blu-Ray or DVD each month, so which ones should you pay attention to this month?
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
If a filmmaker – or in this case, filmmakers – can be underrated and overlooked despite winning multiple Academy Awards and producing fifteen, mostly critically acclaimed films over four decades, then Joel and Ethan Coen qualify. It’s not that their films don’t receive critical praise or commercial validation, but rather
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
Another twist hit awards-watchers last week as Sony Pictures Classics bumped Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher out of its 2013 lineup – and not too long after an impressive teaser leaked. Maybe SPC simply wants its potential Oscar pony to avoid the current best picture front-runner. As Sasha Stone of Awards Daily
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
‘Won’t Back Down’ tells an inspirational tale about two ferocious mama-bears who can no longer ignore the shortcomings of their children’s public school. The film is not anti-union or anti-labor—in fact, it highlights many of the benefits and protections provided by such organizations. If it is anti anything, it’s anti allowing any interest to work to the detriment of the public school system’s intended beneficiaries: the students.
The Bourne Legacy continued without Matt Damon, Ted and Ice Age: Continental Drift are the big releases this week in my opinion. A fun difference in genres too with Animation, Comedy and Action/Drama. All three films had good releases and plenty of people enjoyed them! Also, the first season of
Dear Readers, As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite things about chick flicks (defined here, subjectively, as: “movies I would want to see with my girlfriends”) is the emotional connection that can form between characters and the audience when a movie is centered around a common life experience. This bond allows the
Initially released at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, 10 Years is about a formerly tight-knit group of friends reuniting for their ten-year high school reunion. For many of us, the anxiety that surrounds such milestones is not about whether we are happy with our present. Rather, we fear what we might have to confront from our past. And so it is for the characters of 10 Years, each of whom arrives at the reunion saddled by some sort of high school-related, emotional baggage.