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Tuesday, January 11 2011

The Best Films of 2010

Among this year's winners include a fake documentary, a comedy about Jihad, a vampire story NOT dealing with tacky tween romance, a haunting hillbilly noir, and an elegant tale about clones. Not necessarily the usual cinematic suspects.

Tuesday, January 4 2011

The Best Male Film Performances of 2010

Heroes and villains, criminals and crazed creative types: the 20 best male performances of 2010 definitely run the dramatic/comedic character topography... with a few unusual turns tossed in for good measure.

Tuesday, January 4 2011

The Best Female Film Performances of 2010

The ladies really lit up the big screen, delivering the kind of brilliant acting work that makes picking a mere 20 that much more difficult, let alone unearthing a clear number one.

Wednesday, September 1 2010

Part Four: December 2010

This is it... the last push towards end-of-year accolades, with Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell, Julian Schnabel and the Coen Brothers all looking for that elusive critic's choice seal of approval.


Sunday, March 13 2011

Christian Bale Delivers a Knockout Performance in 'The Fighter'

The usually handsome Christian Bale—a master chameleon—physically transforms into a frighteningly thin, haggard, balding, twitchy, and wild-eyed addict who never stops moving his jittery limbs.

Thursday, December 9 2010

'The Fighter': On the Outside

As The Fighter presents fight after fight, the tonal quirks and distances don't ask you to disinvest so much as they invite you to consider the many ways that audiences -- you included -- shape what you see.


Tuesday, January 25 2011

Finally Getting It? The 2011 Oscar Nominations

The 2011 Oscar Nominations, with indications that, for once, the Academy might have figured out what truly was/is the Year's Best.

Friday, December 17 2010

'The Fighter', Quietly Brawling

Though there are times when David O. Russell seems to think he’s slumming, he still crafts a satisfyingly potent familial melodrama that transcends the boxing genre.

Tuesday, December 14 2010

G(OMG)lden Gl(OMG)bes: Thoughts on the 2011 Nominations

The 2011 Golden Globe Nominations have been announced and with them comes another bout of jaw dropping at the expense of The Hollywood Foreign Press Corps.

Friday, December 10 2010

'The Fighter': All in the Family

You can see The Fighter struggling to be significant, to be more than just an interesting tale well told.

Monday, December 6 2010

Critical Confessions: Part 24 - Awards Season Workhorse

Coming up with a Top Ten is difficult enough...but because of such arguably unimportant factors as timing, publicity, legitimacy, and that always persnickety concept of being first out of the online gate, my fellow film writers are constantly pushing for earlier and earlier reveals.


Wednesday, February 23 2011

The Oscars: Fresh story ideas a tough sell in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES — David Seidler first sparked to the idea of writing a movie about the life of King George VI in 1980. A stutterer himself, he

Monday, February 7 2011

Mark Wahlberg and other underplayers: Appreciated, if not nominated

Mark Wahlberg recedes. Your eyes can come off him, and he's fine with that; he may be the only actor alive for whom this is

Wednesday, January 5 2011

'Black Swan,' 'The Fighter,' 'Inception' and 'Social Network' garner WGA noms

LOS ANGELES — A few surprises made their way into the Writers Guild of America awards nominations Tuesday morning, which included nods for a surreal film

Friday, December 24 2010

Melissa Leo emerges from 'The Fighter' set feeling like a champ

LOS ANGELES — Melissa Leo is conflicted. Her latest film, "The Fighter," in which she costars opposite Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in a performance that's

Friday, December 17 2010

Mark Wahlberg's loyalty permeates 'Fighter'

ST. LOUIS — His glamorous life in Beverly Hills is the basis for the TV series "Entourage," but Mark Wahlberg left his heart in Massachusetts. Raised

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