The trailers for Office Christmas Party did exactly what trailers are supposed to. It made the movie look like a raucous good time, worth the price of admission of time commitment. The problem is the trailers did so at the expense of most every funny bit in the movie. The latest in
For better and worse, The Girl on the Train will always be tied to Gone Girl. Paula Hawkins’s debut novel was almost immediately anointed “this year’s Gone Girl.” To this day, The Girl on The Train is still compared – unfavorably – to Gone Girl. Such was the case for the book, and now is the case for
As you surely know by now, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the nominations for the 87th Annual Academy Awards with nine bids each. But right now, we’re all about that snub, and of course, there wasn’t just one “snub.” This column could dedicate
We’ll have lots to talk about on Monday – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Writers Guild of America (WGA) nominations and the nominees for the USC Scripter Award. But for now, let’s take a stab at what will happen at the Golden Globes on Sunday
Well, the holiday season has come and gone; we’re still dealing with that pesky Selma controversy, though. Voting for the 2014 Oscar nominations began on Dec. 29 and will close Thursday, Jan. 8. In other words, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’s (BAFTA) nominations, Golden Globe winners, and
This week, we look at how the Broadcast Film Critics Association‘s (BFCA) Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominations – announced on Monday – might affect the Oscar race. Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman leads the pack there with 13 nominations; Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel and Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood follow with
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, and James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything have all made strong cases for Oscar this week – all landed Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nods for ensemble cast and Golden Globe nods in
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
The Independent Spirit Award nominations hit on Tuesday, and as always, they’re a hot topic of conversation. Birdman leads with six nominations, while Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Selma are just behind with five bids each. But eligible awards contenders like The Imitation Game and Wild were nowhere to be found. It’s
In 2011, Horrible Bosses, starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day, became a surprise smash. It solidified Bateman’s status as a comedy heavyweight, made Sudeikis a viable movie star and Day, well, the world may not be ready for him to be more than the funniest part of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Stiles White’s low-budget horror flick Ouija barely won the weekend box office over Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy’s takedown of today’s entertainment press, but the real story of the weekend is Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman. Following raves out of the Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and New York Film Festival,
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar recently screened for select bloggers and critics. Reactions seem to be all over the place, but it could end up being the big spectacle contender – because what else is there, honestly? Guess we’re still looking for “the one to beat,” assuming that we haven’t found it
Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game took the Toronto International Film Festival’s audience award earlier this week. The film won over runners-up Isabel Coixet’s Learning to Drive and Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent; people had pegged James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything as a contender, too. Gold Derby reports that 25 of
David Dobkin’s The Judge – starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall – was the first film to, officially, make its case at the Toronto International Film Festival when it kicked off the fest last Thursday night. Well, the jury reached a guilty verdict… Enough courtroom puns, though – what
The Horrible Bosses 2 teaser doesn’t give away the plot, instead it shows hilarious moments allowing each of the stars to get a laugh in.
It’s that time again: another weekly DVD/Blu-Ray Roundup! Here are the new releases for the week and my opinion on whether you should Skip It! Rent It! or Buy It! This weeks big releases are Project X, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Wilfred, and Louie: Season 2! Project X was