8 items from 2015
Or The Unexpected Convenience of Sexism: Levinson’s Perplexing but Deviously Funny Stab at Roth
Decades passed between initial adaptations of novelist Philip Roth’s novels (1969’s Goodbye Columbus; 1972’s Portnoy’s Complaint) before filmmakers like Robert Benton and Isabel Coixet mounted their own renditions to varied reception in the past decade or so with The Human Stain (2003) and Elegy (2008), respectively. After a decently received found footage horror film with 2012’s The Bay, seasoned director Barry Levinson adapts The Humbling, which, like Roth’s novel itself, initially received some of the same unfavorable notices from Venice and Toronto Int. Film Fests. But Roth’s novels are exactly the kind of difficult narratives that used to make for a tradition of daring cinema that’s been eclipsed by safety and sanitization in an effort to decrease offense and increase mass satisfaction. That’s not to say that Levinson is entirely successful »
- Nicholas Bell
Will Mike get kissed and tell? That’s the dilemma facing the Mike & Molly lawman in this sneak peek from Monday’s episode (8:30/7:30c, CBS).
In the episode “The Last Temptation of Mike,” guilt eats at the Chicago cop when he gets a bit flirty with a rookie (played by Go On‘s Sarah Baker), and she reciprocates by planting one on the big guy.
In the video above, Mike reveals the unsolicited kiss to partner Carl, then the two debate about whether Molly should be told about it as well.
Such a sticky sitch! Where do you stand? »
Written by Paul Webb
Directed by Ava DuVernay
UK / USA, 2014
Selma is a shining example of how to create an informative biographical drama that still packs an emotional wallop. Rather than trying to portray the entire life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, director Ava DuVernay captures the essence of King by wisely focusing on three tumultuous months in his life. David Oyelowo delivers a mesmerizing performance as the civil rights icon, showing us a man whose passion is rivaled only by his intellect and political cunning. Selma takes an unflinching snapshot of American history that, sadly, feels more relevant today than ever before.
Nestled between the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a perilous 13 month period that would forever define America’s cultural identity. Racial segregation was legally dead, but Jim Crow was still alive and well in the American South. »
- J.R. Kinnard
The People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday honored the best most popular people and creations in music, movies and television. Now, TVLine is giving out our awards — for the craziest moments of the night.
From Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting’s “apology” (don’t call her a feminist!) to Viola Davis’ kick-ass speech (feel free to call her a feminist!), the two-hour ceremony was an embarrassment of memorable — and, at times, super awkward — riches.
And we wouldn’t choose to have it any other way.
Browse our gallery of the best show moments below, then drop a comment: What was your favorite interaction of the night? »
The following contains spoilers from this week’s Person of Interest.
On Tuesday night, CBS’ Person of Interest — as it is now almost expected to do during its “trilogy” events — dealt viewers a devastating blow when Shaw put her life on the line (and seemingly lost that bargain) in the name of assuring the rest of Team Machine safe escape from Samaritan’s equally trigger-happy troops.
The bad news? Viewers may have seen the last of Shaw, at least among the living. The good news: The character’s exit was orchestrated for the most joyous of reasons, as Sarah Shahi is pregnant with twins. »
Tonight as CBS’ The Mentalist christens its new, final time slot — Wednesdays at 8/7c — Special Agent Abbot will be pressured to cross a line.
As seen in the sneak peek above, Abbott’s former DEA boss, Bill Peterson (played by The Good Wife’s three-time Emmy nominee, Dylan Baker), has seen his agency’s conduct come into question. Abbott of course has a job to do as he investigates possible malfeasance, but that doesn’t keep Peterson from trading on their past to ask a favor.
Will Abbott book passage on this guilt trip? Press play above, and tell us »
A new clip from Selma has been released.
The Oscar-tipped drama from director Ava DuVernay focuses on Martin Luther King's campaign for equal voting rights in 1965 Alabama, which he pursued through a historic march from the town of Selma to Montgomery.
The film's all-star supporting cast includes Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B Johnson, Tim Roth as Alabama governor George Wallace, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Dylan Baker as J Edgar Hoover and Oprah Winfrey as civil rights activist Annie Lee Cooper.
Selma received four nominations at the upcoming Golden Globes awards, and is widely tipped as a frontrunner in this year's Oscar race.
Selma is released on February 6 in the UK. »
'Selma' movie review: Politically salient in the early 21st century and 'beautiful in all the ways of cinema' (photo: David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in 'Selma') The title of director Ava DuVernay's historical drama Selma tells us what the film is about, while implying what it isn't about. In other words, Selma is not about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- wonderfully played by British actor David Oyelowo -- even though the reverend is the film's gravitational center and its emotional weight accrues to him. Just like what took place in Selma, Alabama, back in 1965. In fact, Oyelowo's presence is as transfixing as that of the young Ben Kingsley in his transformative interpretation of Gandhi in Sir Richard Attenborough's 1982 titular classic about one of Dr. King's inspirational figures. Unlike Gandhi, however, Selma is a single canvas on which a few months in Dr. »
- Tim Cogshell
8 items from 2015
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners