‘Cinderella’ too often mistakes kindness for effort in servicing its story, but Kenneth Branagh’s visual treatment is ravishing and inclusive in its spirit.
Persistently funny and wildly optimistic, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ is a joyous comic blend of social satire and genuine upbeat perseverance.
Pure mainstream entertainment may be slim this month, but there’s no shortage of off-beat genre enjoyment in theaters. Our rundown of March’s highlights.
A luminously bright study of the duplicitous fixtures of race & gender identity, Celine Sciamma’s ‘Girlhood’ runs deep & defiant of emotional restrictions.
If you left the Oscar feeling ‘Boyhood’ was under-appreciated, this montage of Richard Linklater’s work is here to make you feel gooey & warm again.
The 87th Academy Awards surprised thanks to brave acceptance speeches, exuberant musical numbers, and keeping a emotional safe distance from the winners.
Our pre-Oscar journey ends as we solidify our predictions and analyze the Best Picture and Director races, a tense race between ‘Birdman’ and ‘Boyhood’.
A surprising makeover of E.L. James’ aptly maligned book, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ makes for a rom-com that’s thoughtful, pleasurable, & assertively silly.
As we dig into Best Actor and Actress, is there anything stopping Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne from winning Sunday night? There might be.
Will Alexandre Desplat final get an Oscar in Original Score? Will ‘Selma’s only win be in Original Song? We don’t have answers. We have predictions.
The rare year where none of the big Best Picture contenders look likely to take the screenplay categories, here’s our predictions & dream ballots.
As the Oscars approach, our countdown heats up, with predictions in Film Editing and Production Design sending ‘Whiplash’ & ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ upwards.
The supporting performance categories may be locked, but there’s plenty charming work in both fields, plus our added dream ballots.
Tackling Oscar’s two most fashion conscious categories, we predict the Makeup and Costume Design winners and pick our jaunty dream ballots for each.
A work of sparkling lunacy, Andy and Lana Wachowski’s ‘Jupiter Ascending’ is an incoherent, yet unavoidably entertaining, glorious mess.
Emmanuel Lubezki comes for seconds and the apes aim for their first in our Oscar Countdown on the cinematography and visual effects categories.
We begin our march to the 2015 Oscars breaking down the Sound design races, dominated by ‘American Sniper’, ‘Birdman’ and ‘Whiplash’.
Balking at the negativity of Oscar season, we give some optimistic notes about the 2015 Academy Award Nominations
Lena brings an end to her whirlwind year with her Top 20 favorite films, a rapturous mix of joys and sorrows.
Justin’s Top Ten Movies of 2014, along with his pics for the year’s worst, overrated and Underrated movies.