Alexander Payne
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The Best Female Film Performances of 2013
7 Jan 2014 // 8:16 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.

The Best Male Film Performances of 2013
7 Jan 2014 // 8:14 PM

The best male film performances highlight how masculinity, managed within a more considered and complete character overview, can turn even the most rugged rogue into an equally strong if sensitive cinematic center.


Watching 'Nebraska' Is Like Taking a Road Trip Through the Twilight Years
25 Feb 2014 // 1:00 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 // 2:45 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.


When the Family Tree Falls: 'The Descendants'
24 Nov 2011 // 5:30 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.

Toronto International Film Festival 2011: 'The Descendants'
16 Sep 2011 // 2:00 AM

This is a mature and well-executed study of what happens when people die and leave us with their messes to clean up.


Oscars 2012: Five directors, five approaches
27 Jan 2012 // 5:35 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 // 2:34 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

The Hills Are Alive, But Nobody Else Is in 'The Happiness of the Katakuris'

// Short Ends and Leader

"Happiness of the Katakuris is one of Takashi Miike's oddest movies, and that's saying something.

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