James McAvoy: Articles

'X-Men: Apocalypse' Review: Weaker Film Despite 'Artist' Bryan Singer & Profound Themes

X-Men: Apocalypse with Oscar Isaac a cartoonish presence as the supervillainous title character. 'X-Men: Apocalypse' review: Step back for series, but latest 'X-Men' movie 'works well enough' There's a three-way brawl going on in the Marvel universe, but it doesn't involve Spider-Man, Captain America, or Deadpool. Instead, the combatants are […]

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' (2014) Review: What Other Superhero Movies Lack

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' review: Bryan Singer has a surefire hit with latest 'X-Men' sequel (image: Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past') With yet another spring and summer movie season overstuffed with superhero extravaganzas, 20th Century Fox's X-Men series, which debuted in 2000 and […]

'X-Men: First Class' Box Office: Least Attended 'X-Men' Movie

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, X-Men: First Class June 10 Directed by Matthew Vaughn, and starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Oliver Platt, and Jason Flemyng, X-Men: First Class scored $4.02 million at the North America box office […]

'Atlas Shrugged': Critically Lambasted Right-Wing Drama Bombs & Producer Blames Liberal Media

Grant Bowler, Taylor Schilling, Atlas Shrugged: Part I May 8, '11, update: The first installment of a planned trilogy based on Ayn Rand's 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged: Part I had one of the worst drop-off rates this weekend at the North American box office, down more than 70 percent after […]

'Rio' Has Biggest Hollywood Opening Ever in Brazil

Limitless with Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper: $100 million worldwide? April 18, '11, update: Despite yesterday's estimates, Carlos Saldanha's animated 3D feature Rio failed to reach the $40 million mark at the North American box office this past weekend, April 15-17. According to actuals found at Box Office Mojo, […]

'Hall Pass' Tops, Nicolas Cage Crashes & Christian Movie Flops

'Hall Pass' with Christina Applegate and Jenna Fischer: Lowbrow comedy tops box office chart – but flops all the same. Lowbrow comedy 'Hall Pass' tops weak week: A box office flop all the same March 4, '11, update: Bobby and Peter Farrelly's Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna […]

Adam Sandler & Jennifer Aniston: Bikini or No, Last Day on Top + Justin Bieber Says 'Never'

Jennifer Aniston bikini pic: Adam Sandler leading lady in 'Just Go with It.' Jennifer Aniston & Adam Sandler 'Just Go with It' box office: Bikini or no, last day on top Feb. 18, '11, update: The Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston comedy Just Go with It, which also features Brooklyn Decker and […]

'The Conspirator' Movie: Robert Redford Drama Gets Mixed Reviews + Did He Say 'It'?

Starring Robin Wright as Mary Surratt, the only woman charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln, and James McAvoy as Surratt's lawyer, Robert Redford's courtroom drama The Conspirator bowed at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. Whether or not The Conspirator ultimately garners lots of critical favor, […]

Oscar Snubs: Peter Jackson & The Other Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin in It's Complicated (top); Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar in Broken Embraces (middle); Agnes Varda in The Beaches of Agnes (bottom) Which movies were totally ignored by the Academy? Which performers and filmmakers were ignored? The list is quite long, of course. Below are the most notable […]

Spirit Awards: Where's Oscar Season Favorite & How American Is Tolstoy? + Split Annies

Precious with Gabourey Sidibe and Paula Patton. The Spirit Awards' eventual big winner – topping all of its five nominations – was Lee Daniels' dysfunctional family drama Precious, adapted by Geoffrey Fletcher from the novel Push by Sapphire. Gabourey Sidibe plays the illiterate Harlem adolescent Claireece “Precious” Jones, a rape […]

Golden Globes Predictions: Best Actor Drama

Early 2010 Golden Globe Predictions: Best Actor - Drama Nominations Colin Firth, A Single Man In 1960s Los Angeles, a gay college professor wants to end his life after learning that his lover has died in an accident. Morgan Freeman, Invictus By staging the Rugby World Cup in South Africa, […]

Phone Sex Surprises + Soccer Fantasy & Viggo Mortensen Dystopian Future: AFI FEST

Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. AFI FEST 2009 highlights, Nov. 2: Daniel Raim's documentary Something's Gonna Live, which features interviews with several behind-the-scenes veterans, including Robert F. Boyle, Conrad Hall, and Haskell Wexler Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which marks Heath Ledger's last film appearance […]

Academy Invites Paul Rudd & Hugh Jackman + Italian Film Critics Choose Political Satire

Michelle Williams, Lucy in Wendy and Lucy. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 134 artists and executives to join its roster in 2009. As per the Academy's press release, all the various branches could pick a maximum of 166 new members, but as in the previous […]

Pixar Tops & Angelina Jolie Wanted

'WALL-E' movie: Pixar release enjoys impressive box office debut. 'WALL-E' tops U.S. and Canada box office, Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy 'inspirational' thriller 'Wanted' a strong runner-up June 30, '08: Directed by Andrew Stanton, Pixar Animation's WALL-E was catapulted to the top of the North American box office this weekend […]

Javier Bardem & Kristin Chenoweth + Tilda Swinton & Glen Hansard: Academy Awards

Javier Bardem: Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner for Joel and Ethan Coen's 'No Country for Old Men.' Javier Bardem Academy Award winner Javier Bardem was the year's Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner for his performance as a merciless hired killer in Joel and Ethan Coen's thriller No Country for […]

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 […]

BAFTA Winners & Guests: From James McAvoy to Lee Majors

Those looking for hints for the upcoming Academy Awards will be disappointed with the results of the pompous-sounding Orange British Academy of Film & Television Arts. The British-made (with Hollywood financing) romantic melodrama Atonement (top photo), nominated for 14 BAFTAs, was supposed to have swept the awards ceremony, but ended […]

Oscar Ballot Explained + Academy Award Predictions Include Amy Adams & Tom Wilkinson

Michael Clayton with Tom Wilkinson: Oscar ballot and the preferential voting system explained. For a movie like Tony Gilroy's Michael Clayton or an actor like Tom Wilkinson to be shortlisted for the 2008 Academy Awards, each needs to receive at least 1/6 + 1 of the vote in their respective categories, […]

Stockholm + Blue Dragon Award Winners: Abortion Drama & Gangster Action Comedy Top Picks

Cristian Mungiu's Romanian abortion drama 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days received the Bronze Horse for best film at the 2007 edition of the Stockholm Film Festival. Mungiu's drama about a young woman helping a friend to undergo an illegal abortion during the Nicolae Ceausescu era was chosen for […]

BAFTA Awards' Royal Movies + Veteran Vilmos Zsigmond & Swimmer Problems in Palm Springs

James McAvoy in The Last King of Scotland. This year, the British Academy decided to support two (at least part-) British “royal movies”: Stephen Frears' The Queen, starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, and Kevin Macdonald's The Last King of Scotland, starring James McAvoy as a Scottish doctor who becomes part of […]