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Sunday, June 5 2011

Once a Monarch, Always a Monarch

Why do the same British actors always play Kings and Queens and their underlings? There are, it seems, a handful of interchangeable actors tasked with portraying a finite set of monarchs in new and dizzying combinations of age and relation.

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.


Sunday, September 18 2011

'Henry's Crime' is a Crime of Omission

Hardly anybody saw Henry's Crime in theaters, but this little film is perfect for home viewing.

Monday, May 9 2011

Colin Firth's Poor Little Rich Boy in 'The King's Speech'

Bertie’s feeling of being trapped in a code that has time and time again failed him is gut-wrenchingly clear, perhaps never more than when he is trying to be funny. His are jokes that would break your heart.

Wednesday, November 24 2010

'The King's Speech': A Little More Concentration

The prince is patrician and revered, but he's also public property, and suffers accordingly in this genteel film.


Friday, February 20 2015

PopTalk: The 2015 Academy Award Nominations

PopTalk is a new podcast on PopMatters that casts its gaze on exciting developments in culture and the arts. In this first installment, we examine the 2015 Oscar nominees, and the broken rules of the institution that is the Academy.

Monday, January 31 2011

The Guild-ed Cages of Awards Season

After decades of decided handwringing, Hollywood finally has what it wants: a sense of specialness undeterred by surprise or a sense of wonder.

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 10 2010

"I Have a Voice!": 'The King's Speech'

The King's Speech (is) both hilarious and heartfelt, a genial and genuine experience made even more startling by the brilliant acting involved.


Tuesday, April 19 2011

Two opposing views of England: 'The King's Speech' and 'Kes'

There will always be an England, but which England? This week's home video releases include two acclaimed films — "The King's Speech," which focuses on British

Tuesday, April 19 2011

'The King's Speech' stands above newest Blu-ray titles

A multi-award-winning drama tops this week's lineup of the latest Blu-ray releases. It's not often that film critics and film fans so overwhelmingly agree on

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

Wednesday, February 23 2011

Quality films prove profitable

LOS ANGELES — For years, everybody has had a field day taking potshots at the Academy Awards, saying that the Oscar-nominated movies had no mojo with

Thursday, January 27 2011

'Rite,' 'Mechanic' to open as 'King's Speech' gains momentum

LOS ANGELES — Two new movies will compete against a royal rival this weekend. "The King's Speech," which just scooped up 12 Oscar nominations, is expanding its

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