A quiet movie New Year

There are no new wide releases this week and no new significant expansions of limited releases, so unless you live in New York or Los Angeles, this is a good weekend to stay home or to catch up on some of the flurry of films you may have missed. If you’re lucky enough to live (read…)

The Iron Lady (2011)

“I’d like to thank the Academy…” Neither character assassination nor hagiography, The Iron Lady is doomed to displease movie lovers of both liberal and conservative stripes. Though it is admirable if unconvincing in its stab at humanizing Margaret Thatcher, it fails to illuminate her in any way except the most simplistic. In fact, the film’s (read…)

Southeastern Film Critics: The Descendants

TOP TEN FILMS The Descendants The Artist Hugo Moneyball The Tree of Life Drive Midnight in Paris Win Win War Horse The Help BEST ACTOR Winner – George Clooney (The Descendants) Runner-up – Michael Fassbender (Shame) BEST ACTRESS Winner – Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Runner-up – Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin (read…)

Headlines: 3/16/11

Brooks “in talks” for Apatow’s next So you already know Judd Apatow is making a movie out of Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s married couple from Knocked Up and you probably already read this morning that fallen It-Girl Megan Fox is also negotiating to join the cast, but this is potential news that demands your (read…)

Oscar Noms: Avatar, Hurt Locker with 9

Avatar and The Hurt Locker top the nominations with 9 each while Inglourious Basterds nets 8. The Blind Side surprised (some) by sneaking in with a nomination and A Serious Man overcame doubts it could make it. Maggie Gyllenhaal was also something of a surprise in the Supporting Actress category. Picture Avatar The Blind Side (read…)

AFI Fest: Fantastic and not-so-fantastic

AFI Fest reviews of FANTASTIC MR. FOX and EVERYONE ELSE

AFI Fest to open with ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox has been announced as the opening night film of AFI Fest 2009 which runs in Hollywood from October 30 to November 7. The film featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson opens in limited (read…)

Character Posters: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Click to enlarge Courtesy of Empire, the obligatory character posters for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox which opens November 13th. This one is facing a bit more flack lately than Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are (can we have a moratorium on the word “twee” now? Please?), but my enthusiasm is still running high. (read…)

Future DVD gewgaw: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Apple has an exclusive (well it was exclusive until it popped up on YouTube and everywhere else) behind the scenes look at Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. It’s narrated by Jason Schwartzman (Mr. Fox’s son Ash in the film) who sounds like he’s speaking to the 7-year-olds at which the film (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: It’s Complicated

It’s true we’re not the target audience of the typical Nancy Meyers film and we’ve often used her as a poster-child for Hollywood movies we hate – sort of like a female Michael Bay. However, in the grand algebra that is the LiC cinematic universe, Meryl Streep cancels out Meyers and most of the other (read…)

Trailer: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Here’s the trailer for Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion animated Fantastic Mr. Fox featuring the voice talents of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman.

2nd or 3rd Look: Fantastic Mr. Fox

McPaper has a bunch more images of Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated adaption of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray

First Look: Fantastic Mr. Fox

A really lame image of Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox featuring the voices of George Clooney Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman

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…)

‘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: 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…)





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