If you watch the Golden Globe Awards, as 20 million or so will when the 75th annual ceremony is broadcast by NBC on Sunday, you are almost certainly familiar with one very specific sub-genre of joke that shows up year in and year out, from the hosts and presenters and winners alike.
Shots like this one from the acid-tongued Ricky Gervais as he hosted the 2012 show, and introduced the HBO old-time gangster series “Boardwalk Empire.”
“It’s about a load of immigrants who came to America about 100 years ago, and got involved in bribery and corruption, and worked their way
Awards shows are about to boil down all the great movie work of 2017 to a pathetic, overhyped few. Before that happens, let’s appreciate some of last year’s finest achievements that those retired academy voters might forget to acknowledge.
We’ll start with some of the great performances by lead actresses (I’ll do actors next week). There were a lot, and they all can’t get nominations. So I’m listing some who will and some who probably won’t. Does my criteria go any deeper than superb performances don’t need awards campaigns to validate them? Perhaps.
So, yes, we’ve
Hollywood’s released a lot of classy stuff in the final week of 2017. All the movies listed below, in order of how much I liked ’em, are extremely well-made and worth your time – with the caveat of “if you’re into that sort of thing” strongly attached.
Have a happy New Year and happier moviegoing in 2018!
“Phantom Thread.” Weird, unusually funny and rather self-controlled for a Paul Thomas Anderson drama, this delectably shot (perhaps by PTA himself? There’s no credited DP) look at an autocratic English fashion designer humbled by love for a
And like the majority of those attractively wrapped presents under the tree, most of the big new movies Hollywood’s releasing for the holiday weekend may be nice to have, but aren’t quite what was wanted.
Along with a very good Western that ultimately overstays its welcome, we’ve got three wise auteurs who made decent but unsatisfying offerings and a once joyful, peppy franchise going one desperate sequel too far.
Still, there are pleasures to be had in all the new movies, akin to feeling toasty in that ugly sweater Aunt Ida got you at Walmart.
This time of year, we always hear about the dancing spectacular that is “The Nutcracker,” but it turns out you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to enjoy festive dance scenes. Instead, you can catch them while watching your favorite holiday movies.
These 10 films capture the spirit of the season in more way than one, but the dance moves alone are cause for celebration. From classic moves with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, to comedic choreography by Will Ferrell and even some animated toe-tapping by your favorite cartoon characters, these
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Chance: Season 2: (Available on Hulu) Based on the novel by Kem Nunn, the psychological thriller star Hugh Laurie as Eldon Chance, a forensic neuropsychiatrist who consults with the police about crimes. Too often his own moral decisions are suspect, and Season 2 finds Chance being blackmailed to help a detective go after a serial killer. This leads the doctor into even more risky behavior, with the aid of his Nietzsche-quoting, knife-wielding, antique-furniture restoring friend “D” (Ethan Suplee). The series doesn’t break any new ground, but it’s a solid, well-told mystery, and
A little more than a week before last year’s presidential election, Liz Hannah sold her first screenplay, “The Post,” to former Sony studio head Amy Pascal.
In less than 14 months, the film, which opens in limited release on Friday, has become an Oscar contender.
Oh, and it’s directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.
The film tells the story of the Washington Post and its decision to publish the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The leaked, top-secret documents detailed the escalation of the Vietnam War and showed that the U.S. government knew that
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‘American Assassin’: (R) (for strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief nudity) Dylan O’Brien brings a youthful freshness to the role of a counterterrorism operative in this international thriller whose holes are compensated for with action. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 51 minutes. Grade: */**
‘mother!’: (R) (for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language) Jennifer Lawrence gives the best performance of her career as a woman whose idyllic existence is shattered when her home is invaded by her poet husband’s worshipful cult. (The Associated Press) 2 hours.
‘It’ is a hit.
The Stephen King adaptation from New Line and Warner Bros. shattered records over the weekend earning $117.2 million from 4,103 locations according to studio estimates on Sunday.
Not only is “It” now the largest ever opening for a horror movie and the largest September opening of all time, the film more than doubled the earnings of the previous record holders. Before this weekend “Paranormal Activity 3” had the biggest horror opening with $52.6 million from 2011, and the highest September debut was “Hotel Transylvania 2’s” $48.5 million in 2015.
“We blew past everyone’s most optimistic and aggressive projections
Critics loved “Logan Lucky” and gave a big collective shrug to “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” but when it came to the test of the marketplace, audiences went their own way.
The two action flicks faced off this weekend, and “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” emerged the victor with a chart-topping $21.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, while “Logan Lucky” sputtered on arrival with $8.1 million.
Both had notable stars, “Logan Lucky” has Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig, while “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” boasts Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, both were opening in over 3,000 theaters and both cost around $30 million to produce.