It’s that time of year again: the Academy Awards are upon us. It’s the 86th annual celebration of the best that cinema has to offer (or the best films that didn’t ruffle the feathers of Academy voters—seriously, people, no Before Midnight? Come on!).
Sunday night brings the Oscars, which means we're finally almost done with this whole Oscar race thing. So let's have fun and prediction who will win. Why not, right?
It's January, which usually means a sleepy box office. But not this year. Lone Survivor ended up cleaning house this weekend and made nearly $40 Million, which is one of the biggest January openings ever.
It's a relatively slow weekend at the box office, with one new release (The Legend of Hercules) and two pictures expanding (Her, Lone Survivor), which means that we're in the heart of award season movies, and January releases. Mostly adult fare, but then also, Frozen is turning into a phenomenon, so it could be an interesting race for the top slot.
The DGA nominations (and usually the winners) are one of the clearest bellwethers for how the Oscars are going to go down. This year's five nominations helps set up a playing field, and it's one where David O. Russell and Martin Scorsese will compete for the same award.
What is there to make of 2013's cinematic year? Like most years it started slow and small, got big and interesting, then wore out its welcome for a while until Fall came with some great pictures... but also more junk. At this point it's getting pointless to begrudge sequels as they are the way of the world, but this was also the year that comic book movies figured out how to be a part of the...
Spike Jonze's Her is a beautiful film that fills audiences with hope even with an ever-changing digital landscape. It's comical and has a lighthearted feel that emanates. Unfortunately, it's slightly predictable and drawn out story stops it from being the perfect movie.
Though critics and the academy act independently of each other, there's a sense that one informs the other, or at least helps narrow the playing field. This week saw the release of Out of the Furnace, which was obviously intended to be in the Oscar conversation. And no matter how many screeners get sent out, with poor box office and no critical support, it's going to...
Spike Jonze is often a prankster with a sad heart, and his latest, Her, looks to follow the leads of his other films like Being John Malkovich and Where the Wild Things Are. Here he brings together Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Scarlet Johansson for this tale of a lost man and the love of his life.