BAFTA names Rising Star nominees

Posted by · 4:47 am · January 10th, 2011

As you know, BAFTA likes to trickle out a few awards announcements ahead of their nominations, which will be revealed next Tuesday. Last week, we had the Best Foreign Language Film nominees and general category longlists — today, we have the five finalists for their Rising Star Award. Perhaps the most unique category in a […]

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CANNES: ‘Chatroom,’ ‘Aurora’

Posted by · 6:41 pm · May 14th, 2010

Far be it from me to tell Thierry Fremaux et al how to run a festival – though I’ve programmed some pretty wicked DVD marathons in my time, I’ll have you know – but the scheduling at Cannes this year has been haphazard, to say the least. Today, for example, served up no Competition titles […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Kick-Ass” (**)

Posted by · 4:50 am · April 6th, 2010

“With no power comes no responsibility,” smirks high school student Dave Lizewski (aka Kick-Ass) over halfway through British director Matthew Vaughn’s slick, smug bubblegum-burst of a superhero movie. “Except that’s totally not true.” This essentially meaningless inversion of Lizewski’s Marvel stablemate Peter Parker’s motto – one wonders which half of the original aphorism is “totally […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Nowhere Boy” (**1/2)

Posted by · 5:17 pm · October 29th, 2009

London Film Festival A bright, slight, mostly enjoyable portrait of the formative years of John Lennon, artist-turned-filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Nowhere Boy” opens with a nudge-nudge tease, as the singular opening chord of “A Hard Day’s Night” reverberates through the theater over a shot of the 18 year-old Lennon running to school. That single-second strum, however, […]

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Aaron Johnson as John Lennon in ‘Nowhere Boy’

Posted by · 12:03 pm · August 30th, 2009

Hat tip to The Playlist for digging up this newish still from one of my most anticipated films of the year, Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Nowhere Boy.” The film, a study of John Lennon’s early years, will premiere on the closing night of the London Film Festival in October. As Lennon, 19 year-old Aaron Johnson faces a […]

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