- "Adventures in Zambezia"
- "Delhi Safari"
- "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"
- "From Up on Poppy Hill"
- "Hey Krishna"
- "Hotel Transylvania" Read more
Nothing's riding on this except the, uh, first amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country.What I've learned about the Oscar race from watching the 2012 election There are many similarities between the Oscar race and the US presidential election. Pundits are generally divided up into teams, much like the Democrats and Republicans. The voters are bombarded with ads, charming persuaders, bloggers who try to tip the race in one direction or another because they believe in the best film winning. The critics and guild awards function like state by state polls. Various producers and publicists take informal polls that are sometimes right and sometimes wrong. Odds-makers predict how the race will turn out based on those factors. Like an ill-informed electorate, many people vote for the Oscars without watching all of the movies. Just like most citizens vote without knowing all of the issues at stake. Winners are chosen on the basis of perception in both the Oscar race and in the election. That President Obama's momentum could have shifted so dramatically after the first debate bears this out. What else but perception could have tipped the scales in the favor of the more dynamic candidate's performance -- which contained half-truths and flip-flops? It wasn't a matter of substance, but a failure of optics. By the same token, how else do we explain movies that gain momentum and eventually win Best Picture yet have no staying power beyond the three months or so after the Oscars? Read more
- After Lucia
- End of Watch
- Fill the Void
- Ginger and Rosa
- It Was the Son
- In the House
- Midnight's Children
- Rust and Bone (winner)
- Seven Psychopaths
- Beasts of the Southern Wild (winner)
- The Comedian
- Eat Sleep Die
- My Brother The Devil
- Neighbouring Sounds
- The Samurai That Night
- Ship of Thesues
- Sleeper's Wake
Pencil in David Oyelowo's name for a 2014 Best Actor nomination. (Via MovieWeb) David Oyelowo is set to play boxer Sugar Ray Robinson in the biopic Sweet Thunder, based on Wil Haygood's biography Sweet Thunder: The Life And Times Of Sugar Ray Robinson. Wil Haygood wrote the first draft of the screenplay, with producer and writer Danny Strong...Read more
An unlikely friendship forms between 21 year-old Jane and the elderly Sadie after Jane discovers a hidden stash of money inside an object at Sadie's yard sale. Starring Dree Hemingway (yes, great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, daughter of Mariel Hemingway), with Besedka Johnson, Stella Maeve, James Ransone, and Karren Karagulian....Read more
Ben Affleck not only stars in but also directs, and "Argo," the real movie about the fake movie, is both spellbinding and surprisingly funny. Many of the laughs come from the Hollywood guys played by Goodman and Arkin, although to be sure, as they set up a fake production office and hold meetings poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel, they aren't in danger like their "crew members" in Iran...
The craft in this film is rare. It is so easy to manufacture a thriller from chases and gunfire, and so very hard to fine-tune it out of exquisite timing and a plot that's so clear to us we wonder why it isn't obvious to the Iranians. After all, who in their right mind would believe a space opera was being filmed in Iran during the hostage crisis? Just about everyone, it turns out. Hooray for Hollywood.Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
It’s a doozy of a story and so borderline ridiculous that it sounds like something that could have been cooked up only by Hollywood. Ben Affleck, however, who directed “Argo” from a script by Chris Terrio and cast himself in the pivotal role of Tony Mendez, realized that comedy alone wouldn’t do. American lives, after all, were at stake (a situation that contemporary viewers will be all too familiar with), and so, after opening the movie with a bit of history and archival imagery, he rushes into the moment’s jarring, unsettling craziness with a cinematic whoosh...
Better yet, after setting your pulse racing, he smoothly downshifts, easing from the high anxiety of the opener — which evokes 1970s political thrillers like Sydney Pollack’s “Three Days of the Condor” — into something looser, mellower and funny.Read more
- Afghanistan, "The Patience Stone," Atiq Rahimi, director;
- Albania, "Pharmakon," Joni Shanaj, director;
- Algeria, "Zabana!" Said Ould Khelifa, director;
- Argentina, "Clandestine Childhood," Benjamín Ávila, director;
- Armenia, "If Only Everyone," Natalia Belyauskene, director;
- Australia, "Lore," Cate Shortland, director;
- Austria, "Amour," Michael Haneke, director;
- Azerbaijan, "Buta," Ilgar Najaf, director;
- Bangladesh, "Pleasure Boy Komola," Humayun Ahmed, director;
- Belgium, "Our Children," Joachim Lafosse, director;
- Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Children of Sarajevo," Aida Begic, director;
- Brazil, "The Clown," Selton Mello, director;
- Bulgaria, "Sneakers," Valeri Yordanov and Ivan Vladimirov, directors;
Nicole and Mia are the in the headline for eye-grabs. I was going to begin this intro by joking" "with Matthew Goode as Uncle Charlie" -- but then I see that's no joke. The nod to Shadow of a Doubt is none too subtle. I tingle to think what Hitchcock would have been to do if he never had to worry about mid-century American Codes of...Read more
It has its share of forlorn images the office buildings with empty eye sockets for windows; the idle, rotting factories with their fantastic networking of chutes, pipes, and stacks. Yet the filmmakers, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (who comes from Detroit), are so attuned to color and shape that they have made a beautiful film. We’re looking at new ruins, American ruins the remains of industrial ambition, a kind of impromptu graveyard of capitalism and the survivors, hanging on, exhibit a mix of awed mournfulness and good cheer. The city’s history is evoked by such chroniclers and guides as George McGregor, a warmly sympathetic union veteran; Crystal Starr, a young video blogger, who breaks into abandoned buildings and installs herself in offices now trashed and empty, as if she had worked there years ago; and Tommy Stephens, a former teacher, who warns of revolution if the middle class continues to be eviscerated. At the end, as young people move in to claim the cheap real estate, the movie hints at a fresh surge of capitalist ebullience and a possible revival.Read more