Each week new movies open in New York (and online) by the dozen. The Voice reviews all of 'em. Here are some you might not have heard about that got our critics excited, for better or worse.
Our review of this week's Dracula Untold doesn't inspire much hope: "This Dracula Begins-style sword-and-fangs curio plays like someone said, 'What if we took a vampire flick but did a find-and-replace swapping out all that bare-neck sensuality for some video-game ass-kicking?'" But for every genre ... More >>
The following folk were excluded by the Oscar nominators and will have to either jump off a cliff or just learn to deal with it.
Minutes after the nominations were announced this morning, I whooshed to CNN to give my thoughts to host Carol Costello on who was chosen and what was omitted. I also talked about how the Best Actress race contains the youngest and oldest nominees ever in that category.
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 >>
Darkness on the edge of town
When Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker won the Best Picture and Best Director awards three Oscars ago, a few icky people started bitching that it was only because she's a woman. (I found that pretty kooky reasoning considering a woman had never won before. Finally, one does, and then they congra ... More >>
The thrills of '90s queer films still live at BAM
It's never too soon to start guessing Oscar nominations, so I've done some exhaustive research--like talking to one friend in the biz, as well as plumbing the depths of my own usually-semi-right instincts--and decided that the five nominees will probably come from these seven bigshots: Marion Coti ... More >>
Jessica Chastain is not only an acclaimed actress, she's quite beautiful, so I was stunned to hear her tell the TimesTalk audience last night about her shaky reception when she first went on auditions in L.A. "Many people didn't know what Juilliard was," she said, "or didn't care about my theatrica ... More >>
Three Voice critics name their favorites from the past year
MTV turns 30 today. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future. Earlier today, we counted down the best music videos directed by people who took home (or, more likely, left at the podium) the Razzies' "Golden Raspberry" award for worst director. ... More >>
Plus: Jean-Paul Gauthier at Jack Shainman Gallery; 'Crafting Genre: Kathryn Bigelow' at MOMA
Real Fine Arts—a little Berlin in Brooklyn—hosts the retro
You know, in the inevitable movie. Which is more than inevitable because Kathryn Bigelow had already started casting it before the guy was tossed dead into the water. So as long as the project has already been green-lighted, here are my top choices for the part:
Social and economic turmoil? Don't ask. At least we had Lady Gaga to tell us what to do.
Political Powerhouses Jessica Simpson and Jimmy FallonNo one with any sense of perspective believes that Real America -- most of the nation, fly-over country, everywhere but the coastal cities, whatever you want to call it -- gives a quarter of a shit about the White House Correspondents Dinner. ... More >>
In another February 2 ritual, the 2010 Oscar Nominees were announced this morning. The Best Picture list, expanded to ten nominees this year, are: An Education Avatar The Blind Side District 9 The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire A Serious Man Up U ... More >>
10! 10! 10! What happens when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences radically shakes things up, nominating not five but TEN films for best picture? A Sandra Bullock movie makes the list. So: Which five of the ten are the real nominees, and which are just padding? Let's make an u ... More >>
You voted for your favorite films of the year and the decade. The results are in!
Forget saving the Navis. James Cameron's biggest mission these days should be to beat his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, for a slew of awards! Alas, though I'm desperate for their golden competition to turn into the most bitter battle royale since Olivia deHavilland and Joan Fontaine, there seems ... More >>
As the '00s become history, an Iraq war movie finally wins us over. How fitting.
94 critics voted. The results are in.
Driving down Mulholland, we look at the past
What a relief -- the 2009 movie awards are rolling out, drawing our attention away from tedious realities and toward tinsel dreams of Oscar Night. The New York Film Critics Circle has just stepped up with The Hurt Locker for Best Picture and Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow); George Clooney (Up ... More >>
Summit EntertainmentWatch out: Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla on the cheerfully combative Midwest noise-pop of Wussy. Ira Kantor follows the thread from deceased cult-folkie Laura Nyro all the way to her gritty rapper son, Gil-T. Larry B ... More >>
As unconventional as the warfare it depicts
Melville's noir at Film Forum, plus Afro-punk at BAM and more
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