New Poster: Rabbit Hole

Click to enlarge A striking new poster for John Cameron Mitchell’s terrific Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman. Read my review here. See the previous poster here. Look for it in theaters December 17. via: IMP Awards

Winter’s Bone leads 2010 Spirit Awards Nominations

Winter’s Bone follows up its two Gotham wins last night with 7 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations this morning including feature, director, screenplay, female lead, supporting female, supporting  male and cinematography. Meanwhile, The Kids Are All Right grabbed 5 nominations, and Greenberg, Black Swan and Rabbit Hole all took 4. All in all I really (read…)

Winter’s Bone doubles its Gotham pleasure

The Independent Film Project’s 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards lived up to their name this evening, overlooking films with more studio muscle behind them to bestow Best Feature and Best Ensemble performance on Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone. Laura Poitras’ chilling The Oath meanwhile took best documentary. Two excellent picks in my opinion. Best Feature: (read…)

Sight & Sound mag picks The Social Network best of 2010

Because of a 5-way tie at the bottom of the list, Sight & Sound has come up with more of a Top 12 list this year, but The Social Network is at the top either way. It’s a little surprising considering the UK mag’s usual international slant, but then not really a shock when you (read…)

Leslie Nielsen, Actor: 1926 – 2010

Leslie Nielsen has died at the age of 84 from complications due to pneumonia. It seems wrong somehow to summarize a man’s entire career with a 17 second clip, but Airplane! is what I’ll remember him best for and this is one of his perfect moments in the movie. The TV show Police Squad! was (read…)

Watercooler: The King rules in limited release. Plus: revisiting Moonstruck, Mystery Train and Paths of Glory

. 2010 Opening Per Screen Average Film Open Theaters Box Office Average The King’s Speech 11/26/10 4 $355,450.00 $88,863.00 The Kids Are All Right 7/9/10 7 $491,971.00 $70,282.00 127 Hours 11/5/10 4 $264,851.00 $66,213.00 The Ghost Writer 2/19/10 4 $183,009.00 $45,752.25 Cyrus 6/18/10 4 $181,716.00 $45,429.00 The Secret of Kells 3/5/10 1 $39,826.00 $39,826.00 Greenberg (read…)

Tiny Furniture (2010)

Another romantic evening… in a metal pipe on the street in Tiny Furniture I finally caught up with Lena Dunham’s buzzed about indie debut feature Tiny Furniture and I was pleasantly surprised. It looks like just another talky, navel-gazing ode to 20-something post-collegiate ennui – and it is – but it’s more than that too. (read…)

The King’s Speech (2010)

Long before most people had a chance to see it, The King’s Speech was anointed the Oscar Favorite and it’s easy to see why. You’ve got a great cast including Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush (nothing says quality acting like English accents!); it’s a period piece with all sorts of terrific period (read…)

Dawn of the Black Friday of the Dead

Happy shopping, zombies.

Happy Thanksgiving

I know I ran this clip a couple of Thanksgivings ago, but it’s the first thing I think of when the holiday built around people stuffing their pumpkin pie holes rolls around. Plus, I literally saw Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life for the first time on VHS on Thanksgiving. Needless to say, my mother (read…)

Thanksgiving Forecast: A bunch of turkeys

Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech I’m rolling out the Weekend Forecast early this week since most of the new releases open today to take advantage of the Thanksgiving holiday. With the exception of The King’s Speech which opens Friday in limited release and Claire Denis’ White Material which is coming to (read…)

Poster: Apollo 18

Click to enlarge The found footage sci-fi thriller Apollo 18 just switched directors a few days ago (perhaps in the pressure to get the thing in front of audiences before the found footage gimmick loses interest… which by Weinstein calculations is March 4, 2011, the day Apollo 18 is scheduled to open), but here we (read…)

Your soon-to-be-Oscar-winner Natalie Portman on Letterman

I know it’s ridiculous to start calling Oscars before the nominations have even been announced, but sometimes if you say something loud enough and often enough, it comes true. Black Swan is my favorite of the Oscar-buzziest movies (read my review here) and 75% of that is because of Natalie Portman. It’s a great performance (read…)

The Three-Way Moviegasm, Episode 9: Oscars 1969 & 1970

Harry Nilsson’s cover of Everybody’s Talkin’ which was used to great effect in 1969 Best Picture winner Midnight Cowboy. I like looking back at Oscar history much better than sifting through the leavings of the current race. Regardless of what you think of the choices that were or were not made, the winners, losers and (read…)

Watercooler: Is ‘127 Hours’ fading? Also: giving ‘Black Swan’ another go, checking in with ‘Somewhere’ and ‘Dragon’ still rules

To the surprise of no one, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 earned a crapload of money this weekend. I’m sure you could put a finer point on it by comparing the numbers to the other entries in the series or to other blockbusters in recent years, but a crapload is a crapload (read…)

Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal in Duncan Jones’ “Source Code”

Duncan Jones milked a lot from very little with Moon. It looks like with Source Code he’s got more to work with, but I’m not sure he’s gotten as much mileage out of it. It looks a little cheesy. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a soldier who can enter another person’s body in the last 8 minutes of (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Fair Game & 127 Hours expand plus there’s this little movie about a boy wizard…

I’m repeating the blurb for Fair Game this week because I really liked it and it’s roughly doubling its screen real estate this weekend to around 385 locations. Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours with James Franco is also expanding from 22 to over 100 theaters it gets re-blurbed as well. Also on tap is the likable (read…)

2010 Oscar Doc Shortlist

From the press release, here are your 2010 documentary Oscar shortlistees: Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer – Alex Gibney, director (ES Productions LLC) Enemies of the People – Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, directors (Old Street Films) Exit through the Gift Shop – Banksy, director (Paranoid Pictures) Gasland – Josh Fox, (read…)

Next week on DVD: ‘I’m Still Here’ plus ‘Fish Tank’ is coming to Criterion in February

In case it hasn’t been perfectly obvious, this weekly DVD column is not intended as an all-inclusive report of everything that is coming to home video. If you’re aching to get The Expendables on Blu-ray, odds are you’ve already pre-ordered it and don’t need me to remind you that it’s coming out. Instead, this is (read…)

Teaser Trailer: Cowboys & Aliens

I’ve been a little skeptical about Cowboys & Aliens. It sounds like another expensive Universal hybrid that will bomb because they don’t know how to sell it. I have to admit though that the trailer looks like a lot of fun. I was expecting something jokier; something along the lines of Wild Wild West, but (read…)

Made in Dagenham (2010)

Geraldine James and Sally Hawkins in Made in Dagenham Inspired by real life events, Made in Dagenham is a predictable but likable and entertaining crowd-pleaser – a lightly comic Norma Rae without the weighty sense self-importance. It’s 1968 and the Dagenham Ford plant employs 55,000 English workers, 187 of whom are women who make a (read…)

Trailer: Amanda Seyfried in ‘Red Riding Hood’

Hmmm. Yeah. I don’t know. They’re pretty clearly aiming at the teen crowd with this retelling of the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but I guess I should’ve assumed that.. Anyway, it’s stylish. I’ll give it that. Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez , Max Irons, Virginia Madsen and Julie Christie star (read…)

Three-Way Moviegasm: The Kids Are All Right & Black Swan, Plus Oscars 1965: Dr. Strangelove vs. My Fair Lady vs. Becket

The Three-Way Moviegasm Podcast is back with Episode #8. There is too much goodness to be safely swallowed in one go so it’s been broken into two serving sized parts for the timid. Clocking in at nearly 47 minutes, part one covers The Kids Are All Right (available on DVD today) with an emphasis on (read…)

Final Poster: Sally Hawkins in ‘Made in Dagenham’

Click to enlarge I haven’t been crazy about any of the marketing for the winning Brit crowd pleaser Made in Dagenham, but I have to admit I’m not really the target demo for the film. The Oscar blue hairs will probably eat this stuff for lunch. All I’m saying is that the film should have (read…)

Morning Glory (2010)

“Who’s scruffy lookin’?” Let’s stipulate up front that Rachel McAdams is irreducibly adorable. If you can’t/won’t agree to that then you’ll probably have a hard time wading through Morning Glory. If you can, it’s pretty smooth sailing because she single-handedly wills it to uncertain life. She reminds me a bit of a young Sally Field (read…)

Unstoppable (2010)

Unstoppable is the most entertaining movie Tony Scott has done since True Romance and the only good one since Crimson Tide. If a movie about a runaway train endangering a large chunk of small town Pennsylvania doesn’t interest you, then you already know to stay away, but if that sounds entertaining this is the movie (read…)

The Watercooler: R.I.P. Muriel

My Saturday was given over to recording Episode 8 of The Three-Way Moviegasm so today I’m planning on knocking off 2 or 3 movies at the multiplex. Unless I get pissed off and leave in the middle of Due Date, I probably won’t be back until later this evening so I’m posting The Watercooler in (read…)

Poster/Trailer: Isabelle Huppert in Claire Denis’ ‘White Material’

Click to enlarge Claire Denis’ White Material starring Isabelle Huppert debuted over a year ago at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. I’m finally going to see it on Monday just in time for its New York release on Friday so this is as good a time as any to run the poster and trailer which you (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Tony Scott really is Unstoppable

This week at the movies, Doug Liman’s terrific Fair Game (**** 1/2) starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn gets a bump in theater count. It’s opening wide next week, but you might be able to find it right now and I recommend you do. Also, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (****) (read…)

Dino De Laurentiis, Producer: 1919 – 2010

Italian super producer Dino De Laurentiis has died at age 91. Sure his name was on some of the great films of all time including Bitter Rice (1948), La Strada (1954), Nights of Cabiria (1957) and Blue Velvet (1986) (by way of De Laurentiis Entertainment Group), but he also made a lot of crap, like (read…)

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