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A Most Violent Year

Casey Affleck talks about Out of the Furnace

When Gus Van Sant was preparing to make 1995’s To Die For, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were both vying for the role of Russel Hines, which Van Sant gave to Affleck’s younger brother Casey, marking his feature film debut. In the almost…

Scott Cooper talks about Out of the Furnace

After spending a decade acting in film and TV projects, writer/director Scott Cooper made his feature film debut in 2009 with Crazy Heart. In addition to being a great success at the box office, the film won Oscars for Best Actor for Jeff…

Todd McCarthy reviews Gravity from Venice

Had planned to post excerpts from several reviews -- but it seems nobody is able to keep their mouth shut about plot twists. Go read Justin Chang at Variety at your own risk. He blurts out a dozen things you'll wish you didn't know. No…

TIFF Midnight Madness line-up

(via Deadline) TIFF programmer Colin Geddes: “Since its 1988 launch, the Midnight Madness programme emerged as a touchstone of cinematic shock, satiating the adventurous palate of bloodthirsty cinephiles from all over the world. When the…

Ethan Hawke’s Evolution

This year, Ethan Hawke has quietly delivered two of the best performances of his career. The first was in the box office smash The Purge.  Torn apart by critics, but made for just $3 million, The Purge deserves, I think, reconsideration…