Descent of Man
A rough and inevitably incomplete guide to the taxonomy of spoilers
Lots of plays and movies enter into the category of "love/hate"--i.e., people worship at their feet or find them utterly repellent, but no one thinks they're just OK. For example, Oz, The Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, Twilight, and The Tree of Life come to mind as classic love/hate movies, ... More >>
Bruno Dumont's challenging fable
Darkness on the edge of town
From Toronto, a glimpse of this year's most bracing films
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 >>
viaUnless you've been living in a box, you're aware that the Oscars are tonight. While we won't be live-blogging the event like we did last year, we do have some hopes and anticipations for tonight's ceremony. So get in your gown (you do have one, don't you?), sit down in front of your laptop ... More >>
The poll was taken at a panel I was on last night at the Strand Bookstore. Slate's Dana Stevens, Salon's Andrew O'Hehir, and myself were there to gab about the Oscar race. (The New Yorker's David Denby, also scheduled, mysteriously never showed up.) After our talk, MC Deborah Reinisch asked the ... More >>
Zero -- count 'em, zero -- Academy Award nominations were given to a quartet of films that made lots of other peoples' lists, and I know exactly why. The films are Shame, with Michael Fassbender as a pussy hound who can only get it up for quick, anonymous sex;
A nice bunch of people and product were accorded nominations. Snubbed: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Albert Brooks, Shailene Woodley, and The Adventures of Tintin (for Best Animated; the Academy doesn't care for stop-motion).
The nominations will be announced tomorrow morning, but you might as well just go by this list, which has been officially certified by the Dionne Warwick Psychic Hotline. BEST PICTURE (Ranked in descending order of likelihood) 1--The Artist 2--The Descendants 3--The Help 4--Hugo 5--Mo ... More >>
Critics elaborate on their votes, their favorite movie moments of the year and OK OK WE GET IT YOU LIKE MARGARET
The best movie of the year (that you haven't been able to see). And 9 more picks.
Sure, The Tree of Life won, but did it really win?
Camilo Fuentealba"Look at me, Damien! It's all for you," says a possessed nanny before jumping out a window with a noose around her neck in 1976's The Omen. After Resident Advisor released the 2011 edition of its Top 100 DJs poll earlier this week, one might be tempted to think of the nann ... More >>
The big news to emerge from yesterday's New York Film Critics Circle voting--held early this year to scoop the other year end awards--is, of course, the second coming of homeboy Harvey Weinstein. Not only was The Artist voted best picture and its director Michel Hazanavicius anointed Best Director ... More >>
The award-winning psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene is unsettling theater audiences across America as we speak, but its surround-sound string swells are actually as homegrown as any Brooklyn band's loft demos. The soundtrack was helmed by Daniel Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans ... More >>
Just like it's already Christmas in certain department stores, the Oscar predix business happens to be in full swing, with goldderby.com asking us pundits for our premature (I mean extremely mature) guesses as to who will get nominated. Here are mine as of this very moment. Bear in mind tha ... More >>
I think that sounds nicer than "omnipresent," since it's not her fault that every movie she's ever done seems to be coming out all at once. She's Jessica Chastain, the 31-year-old beauty who's showing her range--and incredible aptitude for achievement--in the following 2011 films:
Each week, Death by Science sends out an all-points bulletin for the latest science and technology news, tracks it down and beats a confession out of it. This week, we examine the Supreme Court's ruling that video games should be considered art and we ask Ruth Bader Ginsburg if she has any ti ... More >>
Ever since his breakthrough perf in 1991's Thelma and Louise, Brad Pitt has proven to be not just a good movie star, but a really fine actor too. In the wake of his latest, The Tree of Life, winning the big prize at Cannes, let's look back and pick Brad's five best performances out of many. ... More >>
Superheroes, sequels, and TWO Conans! Summer has arrived.
In our weekly edition, Elizabeth Dwoskin's cover story "Killing Mom and Dad" tells a horrific, but humanizing tale about Eric Bellucci, whose slip into schizophrenia culminated in the stabbing deaths of his mother and father late last year. For the first time, the surviving children of the Be ... More >>
Plus 'Cruel Cinema,' Rudy Wurlitzer, and other spring film picks