Monuments Men Out, The Book Thief Joins the Race

With one Holocaust movie now out, enter The Book Thief. Most Oscar watchers would not think The Book Thief would be the film to crash the Best Picture race but it might do just that once Academy members start screening it. For instance, check out Dennis Harvey’s opening...
Posted On 23 Oct 2013

The State of the Race: One Month Away from Knowing

Usually the year of films that are aimed at the Oscar race begins on a weak note. But 2013 wasn’t one of those years. With early films as good as Mud, Before Midnight and Fruitvale Station, you could tell already that it was going to be a heartbreaker. They all wouldn’t be...
Posted On 22 Oct 2013

Kill Your Darlings, missing (and discovering) the beat

By Brian Whisenant Every once in a while a film strikes a special chord…seeming to speak directly to me on a very personal, deep level. Perhaps those films sneak into the Oscar conversation (“Black Swan,” “Secrets and Lies”), make some top 10...

Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street to open Christmas Day

Thanks, Santa! Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street will be ready in time for this season’s Oscar race after all. “Wolf of Wall Street,” adapted from Jordan Belfort’s memoir about his meteoric rise and fall as a trader in the 1980s and ’90s,...
Posted On 22 Oct 2013

London Film Festival: 12 Years a Slave

I saw Steve McQueen’s Hunger on opening weekend in 2008. The UK was one of the very first countries to see his debut feature, and the Belfast screening was packed, of course. It was the best film I saw that year. A little over two years ago, I was having a pretty bad day, and...
Posted On 20 Oct 2013

12 Years a Slave’s Rave Reviews

> Now that 12 Years a Slave is about to open in theaters, the reviews are pouring in. With a Metacritic score so far of 93, 12 Years a Slave, were it not the tinyest bit divisive, would pass Gravity’s score of 96. But there is a small minority of critics who drag it down....
Posted On 17 Oct 2013

Bill Condon Interviewed for the Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate is caught in a firestorm a la Zero Dark Thirty – that means, it seems, it’s too hot to touch. Here’s director Bill Condon.
Posted On 16 Oct 2013

New Poster for August: Osage County

I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to see this movie after seeing this poster. #THROWDOWN  
Posted On 16 Oct 2013

Brad Pitt visits the Today Show to Publicize 12 Years a Slave

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Posted On 16 Oct 2013