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'The East' Movie: Brit Marling Thriller Suffers from Unbridled Earnestness

'The East' movie with Brit Marling. 'The East' movie: Thriller marred by unbridled earnestness The East is a didactic polemic couched in a mediocre thriller that takes itself far too seriously to be taken seriously. That isn't to say the concerns of The East's young filmmakers – director / co-screenwriter […]

'Juno' Movie Review - Ellen Page, Michael Cera Jason Reitman

Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Juno Directed by Jason Reitman and written by 2008 Academy Award-winner Diablo Cody, Juno is what most teen movies are not: non-commercial, with an “agenda” between the pages of its screenplay. In other words, Juno isn't an excuse for promoting a soundtrack, and because of its […]

'Inception' Movie: Christopher Nolan Summer Blockbuster with Brains & Heart

Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Inception.' 'Inception' movie review: Summer blockbuster with brains & soul Christopher Nolan's Inception is a summer blockbuster that doesn't act like one. Unlike so many of the tedious, one-note Big Movies that get released year after year, Inception has not only brains, but a heart and a […]

Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban + Robert Osborne & Miley Cyrus: The Oscars

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman on the red carpet at the 2008 Oscars. Nicole Kidman has been nominated for two Best Actress Academy Awards: Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! (2001), with Ewan McGregor, and Stephen Daldry's The Hours (2002), with Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore. Kidman […]

Casey Affleck & Sissy Spacek + Julie Christie & Ellen Page: Oscar Luncheon

Sarah Polley, Tamara Jenkins, Julie Christie At the 2008 Oscar luncheon at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, Academy president Sid Ganis remarked that “regardless of those circumstances, which are beyond our control, we will be presenting the awards as scheduled.” Needless to say, “those circumstances” are the Writers Guild […]

Russian Mafia & Rwanda Genocide Top English-Language-Focused Genie Nominations + DGA & ASC Awards

Eastern Promises with Viggo Mortensen. David Cronenberg made a name for himself by directing (and sometimes writing) dark, disturbing dramas (The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly) in which violence/gross-out stuff is prevalent and there's little hope for “the human condition.” At least when it comes to the display of violence, Eastern Promises is no […]

Oscar Nominations: Greed & Murder + Corruption & Deception + Where's Vanessa Redgrave?

Atonement with Vanessa Redgrave. Having made her big-screen debut in the late 1950s (Behind the Mask) and a steady film actress since the mid-1960s (Blow-Up, Camelot), Vanessa Redgrave was bypassed by the 2008 Oscars for her performance in Joe Wright's period drama Atonement, which earned a total of seven nominations. In […]

'No Country for Old Men' Awards: Joel and Ethan Coen Thriller Critics' Best Film + More Winners

No Country for Old Men with Josh Brolin. Joel and Ethan Coen's somber, brutal thriller is easily this awards season's top Best Film choice. Besides Josh Brolin, the cast includes Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Woody Harrelson, and Kelly Macdonald. 'No Country for Old Men' awards: U.S. critics' favorite 2007 […]

Helen Mirren Queen Elizabeth Double Awards Season Dose + Mexican Directors Are U.S. Critics' Winners

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. Set in the aftermath of Princess Diana's death, Stephen Frears' The Queen, written by Peter Morgan, goes out of its way to present Queen Elizabeth II as a kind-hearted heroine determined to save both the British monarchy and a hunted deer. For […]