A violent new drama argues crime is just business
The opening credits of the Brad Pitt-starring Killing Them Softly are set to snatches of Barack Obama's 2008 Democratic Convention speech, focused on the notion of "the American promise," jarringly jump-intercut with scenes of Frank (Scoot McNairy) making his way through a tunnel onto a dismal A ... More >>
The title is a spoiler in three parts
Looking at modern romance in the USA
Additional, excellent live-blogging here with Allison Benedikt at Sound of the City. The King of All Oscar Predictors walks among you in Part III. Will this hubris bring us low? Watch and judge! Oh no, Ben Stiller, you are not. Natalie Portman, good straight woman. Stiller probably thinks he's Ch ... More >>
The Best Picture Oscar nominees are The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, and Slumdog Millionaire. The other top nominations are: Best Actor: Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), ... More >>
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Nominations have been announced for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which from the look of its glammed-up website is looking to join the Oscars and the People's Golden Global Choice Awards in the public's affection. The nominees are mostly expected -- Langella, Penn, Streep, Mickey Rourke, et alia; ... More >>
As per usual, the Globes went for any movie personality who's famous (Brangelina, Tom Cruise, etc.) and with only a few exceptions dissed actual actors who aren't enormous stars. Uninvited from the buffet table were such underpublicized critical darlings as:
There's no business like Gaynor's show business; under the big top at Hustlaball
The middle-aged comics still don't wanna grow up. Yay.
Preachy liberal guilt dwarfs any good intentions in immigrant drama