Critics’ Oscar Predictions… er Choice Awards: The Artist, Hazanavicius, Clooney, Davis

The Broadcast Film Critics Association played it completely safe with their Critics’ Choice Awards tonight, but that’s better than playing it completely stupid. With the exception of that godawful Muppet musical abomination (they at least picked the least worst of the three nominated Muppet songs), these are respectable if uninspired choices and I won’t be (read…)

AFI Fest: The Fighter (2010)

A confident looking Mark Wahlberg took to the stage last night at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to introduce the world premiere of his film The Fighter to an eager AFI Fest audience, the likes of which he joked he hadn’t seen since his days with The Funky Bunch. Almost willing the audience to love the film, (read…)

AFI Fest 2010 Secret Screening Announced: World premiere of Russell’s ‘The Fighter’

I was hoping against hope the secret screening would be True Grit, but this will do. Here’s this morning’s press release: AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE FIGHTER AS ITS SECRET SCREENING Free Tickets Available at 10:00 a.m.; Screening Tonight at 9:30 p.m. LOS ANGELES, CA, November 9, 2010  AFI (read…)

Poster: The Fighter

Everyone appears to be much more pleased with the extended trailer for The Fighter that ran during last night’s episode of Mad Men than they were with the first one. I’m guessing people will be pleased with this simple, stylish and dignified poster for same. Directed by David O. Russell from a screenplay based on (read…)

Trailer: Mark Wahlberg & Christian Bale in ‘The Fighter’

Apple has the trailer for one of LiC’s more anticipated film’s of the year: David O. Russell’s The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. The Fighter is based on the true story of boxer Irish Mickey Ward (Wahlberg) whose half-brother Dicky Ecklund was once lightweight champion before a life of crime led (read…)

The Watercooler: The cove, the chef and the cold soul

After all the buzz surrounding The Cove since its Sundance premiere, finally catching up to the documentary at the theater turned out to be a significant disappointment. The film exposes the practice in Japan of rounding up dolphins and slaughtering them and then selling the meat as whale to unsuspecting grocery shoppers. It’s a horrifying (read…)

Trailer: Julie & Julia

I’m a closeted PBS cooking show watcher, a huge fan of Julia Child and I’m still in the tank for Meryl Streep after Doubt last year so I have to admit this is on my radar a little bit even though I’m not the target audience and I’m pretty convinced I’ll hate it. Watch the (read…)

Review: Doubt (2008) **** 1/2

Meryl Streep in Doubt The first line of attack against Doubt by its detractors is that a certain staginess has carried over from director John Patrick Shanley’s original Pulitzer Prize-winning play. It’s true, the performances are a little too broad, the dialogue is a bit too precise and the plot and characters are a little (read…)

AFI Fest 2008: Day 0

Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, and director John Patrick Shanley arrive at 2008 AFI Fest (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America) The 2008 AFI Fest kicked off officially last night in Hollywood with the world premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. Because of the last minute (read…)

Loose Ends: 10/28/08

Turns out the movie business keeps rolling whether you’re paying attention to it or not. Here’s a handful of recent casting announcements featuring interesting actors in not-so-interesting projects. Amy Adams is set to star as NPR correspondent Jacki Lyden in a film based on Lyden’s memoir Daughter of the Queen of Sheba. A fixture at (read…)

‘Doubt’ Eases Doubts Over AFI Opening

AFI announced this evening that John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams will fill in for the The Soloist as the opening night film for AFI Fest on October 30. According to Miramax president Daniel Battsek: “The movie is still being finished, but we were so excited to show Doubt (read…)

Trailer: Sunshine Cleaning

Sunshine Cleaning, the story of a woman who gets involved in the crime scene cleaning and biohazard removal business to make a better life for herself and her son, made a bit of a splash at Sundance. The bad news is it looks like another in a long line of overly quirky indie comedies in (read…)

Trailer: Doubt

Trailer week on LiC continues with John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt now available at Apple. It’s HD-licious. I wasn’t too excited about this on on paper because the subject matter doesn’t grab me, but I like the ’60s milieu and of course the cast is impossible to argue with. Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman appear (read…)

Movies You May Have Missed: 8/17/08

Evan Rachel Wood in The Life Before Her Eyes Another week of DVD releases is upon us so it’s time to take a look at some of the Movies You May Have Missed. As always, this is not a comprehensive list of DVD releases, just a few titles that may have slipped under your radar (read…)

Review: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) ***

Frances McDormand and Amy Adams in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day The Amy Adams cute factor is starting to wear out its welcome. She brings an overabundance of it to Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, but it’s not enough to jumpstart this uneven comedy that begins in a screwball vein and then loses its (read…)

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