This week, this paper's film critics Alan Scherstul, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek discuss David O. Russell's American Hustle, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Disney's Saving Mr. Banks. They also recommend Despicable Me 2, the late Paul Walker's Hours and Compliance.
For a grim slog, the Oscar movies are pretty fun
Meredith Vieira was delightful as the MC of last night's National Board of Review awards at Cipriani. She kept things zingy, and after Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli took the stage for a tribute to 50 years of Bond films, Vieira quipped, "So James Bond is 50 and he still looks good. I'm 59 and I ... More >>
Since Miss Cleo was driven out of business years ago, the Gold Derby site had to fall back on asking various pundits like myself to start predicting what will win the Oscar for Best Picture next year. Alas, I'm still working on last year's predictions. (The Artist doesn't have a chance. Trust me! I ... More >>
In their dealings with a potentially scary press person like myself, celebs are sometimes solicitous, occasionally pandering, at times delightfully ass kissy, but always tons of fun. Here are just a few of the highlights through the years:
Out of Nashville, out in New York
Warpaint, pulling you off the floor. Photo by Santiago FelipeIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla's Down in Front column makes its triumphant return, checking out shows from Warpaint and Hall & Oates, while Drew Hinshaw demands that you let Soulja Boy be great and Mike Ayers does arts a ... More >>
via Cleveland Plain DealerHarvey Pekar has died at the age of 70. As Rob Harvilla writes on Sound of the City, Comic book icon, brief Hollywood star (via 2003's American Splendor, coming soon to thousands of Netflix queues near you), thoughtful jazz critic (here he is on free-jazz deity and f ... More >>
I'll tell you some I feel deserve better reps. *The Sound of Music Yes, I know the 1965 musical won Oscars and made shitloads of money, but some critics (and costar Christopher Plummer) look down on it as if it were nothing but hokey treacle. But the film works for me, from the second you se ... More >>
The waiting is the hardest part in Mendes and company's Gulf War frustration meditation
Isabelle Huppert brings suicide to life in Sarah Kane's final play
Reagan-era callousness sparked an indie film renaissance. Will Bush II inspire another?
David O. Russell gets to the ♥ of the matter with an existential farce and a Gulf War II doc
Cinematic campaigning: This fall, filmmakers assault the status quo at a theater near you
Once Upon a Time in America
Evaluating a Movie Lover's Chances of Survival at a Topsy-Turvy Sundance
Risky Business at Sundance 2003
Mourning Has Risen for Independent Film
A Year (HeckA Decade, Even) of Pop Music at the Movies
The optimist's guide to the Millennium's final fall-movie crop
A rundown of the season's movies handpicked for their potential wondrousness or probable woefulness.