Alexander Payne
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Reviews // 11 Articles
Blogs // 3 Articles
News // 2 Articles
//Features

PopMatters' 2017 Fall Film Preview: At Last, the Film Industry Awakens From Its Slumber
27 Aug 2017 // 10:00 PM

From Gary Oldman in The Darkest Hour to James Franco's meta-experiment Blade Runner: 2049 and Daniel Day-Lewis's final role, here are the movies you'll want to watch ... and a couple you might not.

The Best Female Film Performances of 2013
7 Jan 2014 // 9:16 PM

It was a particularly strong year for women in film. These sensational performances remind us that, when all is said and done, it's character and how an actor or actress creates them that matters as much to a movie as a script, a director, or an idea.

//Reviews

Watching 'Nebraska' Is Like Taking a Road Trip Through the Twilight Years
25 Feb 2014 // 2:00 AM

Nebraska is a bittersweet film that will hit you between the eyes if you're like me: middle-aged and in a mood to reflect on where life has taken you and where you will go next.

In 'Nebraska', the Unknown Lies Within
15 Nov 2013 // 3:45 AM

Woody's face (Bruce Dern), so specific and so unusual, also reflects many others, those belonging to people in small towns, who might be working class, not so hopeful, even depressed, in its various senses.

//Blogs

Double Take: 'Sideways' (2004)
17 Jul 2016 // 9:15 PM

In Sideways, the two Steves find hints of satire, legs of oaky '70s cinema, a bouquet of gender commentary, and a chewy finish.

When the Family Tree Falls: 'The Descendants'
24 Nov 2011 // 6:30 AM

The best thing here is Clooney, cleverly dropping some of his man's man mannerisms to make Matt less of an idea and more of a human.

//News

Oscars 2012: Five directors, five approaches
27 Jan 2012 // 6:35 AM

LOS ANGELES — They have worked in diverse disciplines — acting, screenwriting, theater, television, exploitation films — were born in three countries and have made radically dissimilar movies.

Aloha: Alexander Payne heads to new territory with ‘The Descendants’
23 Nov 2011 // 3:34 AM

HANALEI, Hawaii — It was precisely the kind of day that drives Hawaii’s $10-billion vacation business. The sun sliced through the clouds along the coast

//Mixed media
//Blogs

NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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