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Movie Review

Friday, February 24, 2012

The 84th Academy Awards promises to be predictable. Even host Billy Crystal is back. That means snarky jibes and lots of laughs.

But will Hollywood still love Oscar tomorrow?

The day after the televised ceremony, 7 p.m. Feb. 26, ABC, Kodak Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, will there be surprises to chat about around the cyber water cooler?

It may be the last year the awards will originate from the Kodak Theatre. That's because Kodak, in its bankruptcy filing, is apparently being allowed to cancel its long-term naming-rights contact for the theater.

Friday, February 17, 2012

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" is a profound film of incredible power, fine performances and superb cinema craft.

The film, a picture Oscar and supporting actor Oscar (Max von Sydow) nominee, has been somewhat overlooked on the road to the Academy Awards. "ELIC" was Oscar-worthy in additional categories.

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" comes to terms with 9/11 as perhaps has no other theatrical feature, among them, "United 93" (2006),"World Trade Center" (2006), "Reign Over Me" (2007) and "Dear John" (2010).

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Glenn Close is extraordinary in "Albert Nobbs." While Viola Davis of "The Help," is the front-runner in the Oscar actress category, Close, an Oscar actress nominee, will leave you in awe in a film that is dramatic, thought-provoking, and has a bit of humor.

In addition to Close, "Albert Nobbs" has an outstanding cast, especially Janet McTeer, a supporting actress Oscar nominee. The role played by McTeer has a twist. We won't play spoiler.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

I didn't so much like "The Iron Lady" as greatly admire and respect this fascinating film, especially Meryl Streep's extraordinary channeling (How else to describe her uncanny abilities?) of Great Britain Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, first female occupant of 10 Downing Street.

Monday, January 30, 2012

"The Artist" is one of the front-runners for the 84th Academy Awards.

With 10 Oscar nominations, "The Artist" was second only to director Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," with 11 nominations.

Oscar nominations for "The Artist" are: motion picture, director (Michel Hazanavicius), actor (Jean Dujardin), supporting actress (Bérénice Bejo), original screenplay (Hazanavicius), score (Ludovic Bource), art direction, cinematography, costume design, and film editing

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and "Carnage" are two distinctive movies with wildly different approaches to drama.

First, there's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," a big-screen adaptation of John Le Carre's 1974 British spy novel featuring George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a middle-aged intelligence agent who, after being into forced retirement, is called back to uncover a Soviet mole in the "Circus," code name for the Secret Intelligence Service.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The character played by Charlize Theron in "Young Adult" is so unlikeable as to turn you off to the entire film.

That would be too bad.

It's a testimony to Theron's acting ability that she can infuse audiences with such disdain.

That said, "Young Adult" is thrown off balance because of a lack of equal-weight casting opposite Theron.

Remember, Theron received an actress Oscar for "Monster," in which she had Christina Ricci, a very strong actor, to play off against.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"My Week with Marilyn" is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at movie-making, stardom and Marilyn Monroe, the silver screen's most iconic sex symbol.

That Monroe's tragic life was intertwined with celebrity marriages and alleged relationships with Hollywood, political, sports and literature icons, including Frank Sinatra, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller only adds to an abiding appetite for insight about Marilyn.

Friday, December 23, 2011

A lot has been made about the fact that Martin Scorsese he, the director of such urban and urbane and often violent adult fare such as "Shutter Island" (2010), "The Departed" (2006), "Goodfellas" (1990), "Raging Bull" (1980), "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Mean Streets" (1973) has directed a children's movie, "Hugo," much less a 3D children's movie.

Moreover, some movie critics have said that finally, someone, namely, Scorsese, does 3D justice.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Screenwriter-director Alexander Payne is a master of the cinematic moment.

In his most entertaining and critically-acclaimed films, seemingly normal persons exhibit abnormal behavior, often triggered by an event, long-neglected or overlooked, unfulfilled deep-seated needs and desires, or undiagnosed and dormant phobias.

In "Sideways" (2004), Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church get into all kinds of shenanigans in their search for the perfect cabernet in California wine country.

In "About Schmidt" (2002), Jack Nicholson travels to his estranged daughter's wedding.