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Still Alice Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland Screenwriter: Richard Glatzer, Wash Wesmoreland, from Lisa Genova’s book Cast: Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish Screened at: Sony, NYC, 11/7/14 Opens: January 16, 2015 As they say, old age is better than the alternative. Still, young people have an inordinate fear of going gray but really, it’s not as bad as they think. Sure, you won’t be able to play even junior-high level football at age 60 and after 40, forget full-court basketball. And the longer you live, the more chance some disease [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
I guess the Florida Film Critics Circle really wanted their picks represented in the awards coverage space, seeing as I was pinged twice about it on Twitter today. I hardly see what the rush is, though, as it's more of the same. Kudos to them for picking the best film of the year and all, but as usual, we're getting to the point where these regional critics groups need to stop smelling each other's farts a bit and branch out if possible. At least this crowd got a bit adventurous in the foreign film category. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and all the rest at The Circuit. Best Picture "Birdman" (Runner-up: "Boyhood") Best Director Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" (Runner-up: Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman") Best Actor Michael Keaton, "Birdman" (Runner-up: Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler") Best Actress Rosamund Pike, "Gone Girl" (Runner-up: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice") Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Robert Duvall will be honored with the Icon Award and Alejandro G. Inarritu with the Director of the Year award at the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala on January 3.
Regarding Inarritu, who is receiving the award for the second time, Matzner said, “By creating the illusion that the film was shot in one take and directing award-worthy performances by Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and a star-studded cast, Inarritu has created a brilliant and original dark comedy in ‘Birdman.'”
Held at the Palm Springs convention center, the gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of “The Imitation Game.” The festival runs January 2-12.
- Pat Saperstein
Palm Springs, CA (December 19, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival(Psiff) will present Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall with the Icon Award and Academy Award-nominated director Alejandro G. Iñárritu with the Director of the Year Award for Birdman at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of The Imitation Game. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Robert Duvall gives an outstanding and amazingly realistic performance as Judge Joseph Palmer in The Judge,. said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. .This is sure to be remembered in his long listof iconic character roles, including Tom Hagen in The Godfather films, Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove, Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies, »
What a difference a week makes. Once considered a long shot for an Oscar nom, Jennifer Aniston has now received the holy trifecta — nominations for best actress from SAG, Golden Globe and the Critics’ Choice Awards. An Oscar nomination seems more and more likely.
It’s all the more impressive that Aniston has received such attention for a small independent film. In “Cake,” written by first-time screenwriter Patrick Tobin and directed by Daniel Barnz, she plays Claire Simmons, a woman who suffers from chronic pain and becomes obsessed with learning more about a member of her support group who committed suicide. Aniston has never been given such a meaty role on the bigscreen before, and she rewards the filmmakers’ gamble with a beautiful, heartfelt performance.
Aniston has made a lot of progress in a short time in the race and will likely continue. There are so many factors that go »
- Jenelle Riley
Actor Robert Duvall and director Alejandro G. Inarritu are the latest additions to the 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival’s lineup of honorees, Psiff organizers announced on Friday.
Duvall, who was recently nominated for Golden Globe, SAG and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards for his supporting performance in “The Judge,” will receive the Icon Award at the festival’s annual Awards Gala, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 3 in the desert resort town east of Los Angeles.
See photos: 22 Biggest Snubs and Surprises: 2015 SAG Awards Nominations (Photos)
Inarritu will receive the Director of the Year Award at the same event for his film “Birdman, »
- Steve Pond
Versatility and adaptability are key qualities if want to keep working in the ever-changing film industry, and composer Ilan Eshkeri has shown those skills across a variety of movies. From period drama "The Young Victoria," to comic book mayhem in "Kick-Ass," rom-coms like "I Give It A Year" and "Austenland," and fantasies such as "Stardust," Eshkeri has shown a remarkable ability to roll with the demands of different films and deliver at a high level. That's the case for "Still Alice," and today we have an exclusive look behind-the-scenes at his work on the film. Led by Julianne Moore, the film tells the story of a university professor who slowly succumbs to early onset Alzheimer's disease, as she deals everything she's accomplished in her life and career vanishing from her memory. It's tough material that requires an nuanced hand, and as Esherki sees it, his job is to find the "emotional soul" of the film. »
- Edward Davis
A top 10 list is a such a subjective quandary. It should speak to the consensus of cinematic quality to a degree, but it also needs to reflect the films that moved you personally. A great piece of cinema can entertain and it can inform, but as art you need to feel something from it. It needs to haunt you. It needs to stick with you. Therefore, in theory, the list should be the films that immediately come to mind when you ponder the last 12 months. As a critic, it's a reflection of your taste at the time. There is no justification; it's an opinion. Simple as that. Keeping that in mind, 2014 was a very good year at the movies, just not a great one. There were some incredibly strong films and performances, but was there truly a masterpiece among them? (And, yes, feel free to question if that's how we »
- Gregory Ellwood
When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, Hollywood will be happy to put 2014 in the rearview mirror. It was what could charitably be described as a “bridge year” between the record-shattering 2013 and the blockbuster-filled 2015, which arrives with the promises of new Avengers and “Star Wars” films. As it stands, the B.O. will fall below last year’s numbers by between 3% to 6%. But there are still lessons for the future to be gleaned from what popped and what fizzled.
1. Great Hollywood Brands? Disney Has All Four
The Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation names can open movies. “Guardians of the Galaxy” scored with a third-tier comicbook title, while “Big Hero 6” continued Disney Animation’s renaissance. The absence of a Pixar film last year was deeply felt. And a trailer for the new “Star Wars” picked up 46 million YouTube hits.
2. Wake Up! Women Go to the Movies
- Brent Lang
Legend has is that the seventh son of a seventh son is born with certain special powers, which, in Joseph Delaney’s “Wardstone Chronicles” fantasy-lit series, include the ability to see supernatural beings and, potentially, to kill witches. But given the unusually long gestation period for Universal’s film adaptation, “Seventh Son” — which opens in the U.S. on Feb. 6, nearly a year later than originally planned — one shouldn’t be all that surprised to discover some pretty significant birth defects, among them a tired plot, some very unspecial effects, and a pair of grotesquely uneven performances from Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.
Considering that Universal was still licking its wounds from the pricey Keanu Reeves debacle “47 Ronin” (like this project, an extravagant vfx-driven tentpole from a Russian director ill suited for Hollywood) when “Seventh Son” was supposed to open last February, it makes sense that the distributor opted to »
- Peter Debruge
When we launched our Oscars prediction center in late August, our current Best Actress frontrunner Julianne Moore did not even figure in our calculations. Sure, there was some talk of her contending for her Cannes-winning work in "Maps to the Stars," but that oddball David Cronenberg film had not locked in a deal stateside. And her other possible vehicle, the low budget "Still Alice," was without distribution. That all changed after this heartbreaking story of an academic dealing with a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's screened at the Toronto filmfest in early September. Sony Pictures Classics scooped it up and suddenly this four-time Oscar also-ran was being tipped to finally win. -Break- To compare the state of the race at various points in time, go to this page, scroll down and click any two dates (after Aug. 22) on the calendars. You will see who our Experts were predicting to prevail on each date. »
Critics in the UK obviously aren't immune to the charms of "Boyhood," as the film did well with the London Film Critics Circle. Now the Dublin Film Critics Circle has named it the year's best across the channel. The group also revealed its long lists throughout the categories, giving you some insight into which films were in the running. (Personal shout-out to my friends who made the documentary "Showrunners," which got a little love on the documentary list.) Check out the full list of winners below and watch it all unfold at The Circuit. Top 10 Films 1. "Boyhood" 2. "Under the Skin" 3. "Ida" 4. "The Lego Movie" 5. "12 Years a Slave" 6. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" 7. "Two Days, One Night" 8. (Tie) "Her,""Leviathan" 9. "The Wolf of Wall Street" 10. (Tie) "Blue Ruin" and "The Lunch Box" Best Director 1. Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" 2. Jonathan Glazer, "Under the Skin" 3. Pawel Pawlikowski, "Ida" 4. Spike Jonze, "Her" 5. Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" 6. Andrey Zvyagintsev, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Best Picture Birdman Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Actor Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler Michael Keaton – Birdman Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything Best Actress Julianne Moore – Still Alice Rosamund Pike »
- Ryan Adams
Legendary Pictures has released five clips from their upcoming fantasy adventure film called Seventh Son, which looks spectacular. The movie stars Jeff Bridges as an aging knight who is tasked with stopping a powerful witch who has escaped from the prison that he put her in. He enlists the help of a new apprentice to help him in his journey.
The movie also stars Julianne Moore as Mother Malkin, Kit Harington as Billy Bradley, Jason Scott Lee as Urag, Ben Barnes as Tom Ward, Djimon Hounsou as Radu, and Alicia Vikander as Alice. Here's a synopsis:
In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. »
- Joey Paur
Mike Leigh's J.M.W. Turner biopic, "Mr. Turner," topped the nominations for the London Film Critics Circle. The film about the English Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker played by Timothy Spall received 7 nods followed by Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" with 6. We'll find out the winners on January 18.
Here's the complete list of London Film Critics Circle nominees:
Film of the Year
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Foreign Language Film of the Year
"Norte, The End of History"
"Two Days, One Night"
British Film of the Year
Documentary of the Year
"20,000 Days on Earth"
Actor of the Year
Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry, a proclamation of commitment to preserving the chosen pictures for all time. They can be big studio pictures or experimental short films, goofball comedies or poetic meditations on life. The National Film Registery "showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant" and by preserving the films, the Library of Congress hopes to "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.” This year’s selections span the period 1913 to 2004 and include a number of films you’re familiar with. Unless you’ve never heard of "Saving Private Ryan," "The Big Lebowski," “Rosemary’s Baby” or "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Highlights from the list include the aforementioned film, Arthur Penn’s Western "Little Big Man," John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, “Luxo Jr.," 1953’s “House of Wax, »
- Matt Patches
Spanning the years 1913-2004, the 25 films to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for 2014 include Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man, John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski. The annual selection helps to ensure that the movies will be preserved for all time. This year’s list brings the number of films in the registry to 650.
Also on the list are John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, Luxo Jr; the original Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder; and Howard Hawks’ classic 1959 Western Rio Bravo. Documentaries and silent films also make up part of the selection which represents titles that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant; they must also each be at least 10 years old. Check out the rundown of all 25 movies below:
2014 National Film Registry »
- Nancy Tartaglione
“The Big Lebowski,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” are among the 25 films saluted by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in the organization’s annual selection of notable works.
The org says selection will help ensure preservation of these films. This year’s choices bring the registry total to 650, a small fraction of the Library’s vast collection of 1.3 million items. As always, the choices are eclectic, including Hollywood films, indies, documentaries, silent movies and student films.
“The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant,” said the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.”
Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian »
- Tim Gray
In Still Alice, the incomparable Julianne Moore portrays a linguistics professor who is diagnosed with the early onset of Alzheimer.s disease. Her performance in the film is so impressive that there is a darn good chance the actress will find herself with an Academy Award for her work. This is no surprise coming from such a talent. Sitting down and chatting with Ms. Moore is just an incredible experience. She is absolutely gorgeous and yet so down-to-earth, as well she is incredibly »
Snubbed by SAG and the HFPA, Mike Leigh's J.M.W. Turner biopic leads the London Film Critics Circle nominations in seven categories. "Birdman" trails closely behind with six nominations, while Julianne Moore received double Best Actress kudos for her Golden Globe-nominated roles in "Still Alice" and "Maps to the Stars." (Despite a Golden Globe-qualifying quickie run, the Academy deemed "Maps" ineligible this year.) Back when "Mr. Turner" bowed at Cannes, where Timothy Spall won the Best Actor prize, the film looked like a strong Oscar contender—but in a crowded field, this beautifully shot and acted film's chances have dwindled despite honors from the New York Film Critics Circle and the New York Film Critics Online. Here's the full list of London Film Critics noms. Winners will be announced January 18. Read More: The Genius of Mike Leigh's System: Leigh & Cast on Gorgeous "Mr. Turner" Film of the. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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