LONDON: Not so ‘Precious’

Posted by · 7:30 pm · October 26th, 2009

At this early stage in the awards race, I’ve been getting along unusually well with every major contender I’ve encountered: “The Hurt Locker,” “An Education,” “Up in the Air,” along with darker horses like “Bright Star” and “A Single Man,” have all been pleasing, giving me hope that this would be one of those rare […]

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Should Lee Daniels tread more carefully?

Posted by · 8:38 am · October 23rd, 2009

Based on an unexpected blanking in the Gotham Award nominations, plus the lingering resentment in some quarters over Mo’Nique’s reluctance to play the publicity game, talk has surfaced this week of a “Precious” backlash. I’m not buying it until there’s a larger press reaction to the film upon its release — if it receives further […]

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Can Halle Berry turn it around with ‘Frankie & Alice?’

Posted by · 2:55 pm · October 2nd, 2009

Poor Halle Berry has become something of a communal punchbag in recent years among critics seeking examples of the age-old post-Oscar curse; with every disappointing film she makes, the comments about her career (and even her winning performance) get progressively snarkier. Look no further than this rather odd (and somewhat out-of-nowhere) piece in today’s Guardian […]

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EW’s Heath Ledger appreciation

Posted by · 10:19 am · January 17th, 2009

Entertainment Weekly’s current cover story is a somewhat engaging retrospective on the career of Heath Ledger through the words of his friends and collaborators.  The first story of its kind to date, the piece is a nice idea given that Jan. 22 is both the anniversary of Ledger’s unfortunate death and the day he will […]

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Nice to be wrong: actresses who changed my mind

Posted by · 7:47 am · December 20th, 2008

Having been a film critic for more than a quarter of a century now (my God) and a film junkie for more than 40 years, I have never gotten over the joy of surprise when an actor or actress comes out of left field with a performance of such brilliance it eliminates every single bad […]

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Forster on Bond: It’s about character

Posted by · 4:27 am · August 21st, 2008

Odd to be linking to Time Out twice in one day, but I couldn’t let this interview with Marc Forster, director of the keenly awaited “Quantum of Solace,” go by. The interview finds Forster in London, scrabbling to complete the first edit of the latest 007 outing in a fortnight’s time. Many eyebrows were raised […]

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