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CHASTAIN SHINES IN TWO FILMS OVER MLK HOLIDAY (Updated)

January 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The real winner of the weekend box office was Jessica Chastain. It’s hard to imagine a career booster any greater than having your name on the marquee for both the No. 1 and No. 2 films at the box office. But there it was — for Mama, a $15-million dollar horror flick that wound up […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MAMA

January 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Critics are fairly evenly divided over producer Guillermo del Toro’s PG-13 horror flick Mama, starring Jessica Chastain. But even many of those who find much to like about it, find much to criticize as well. Kyle Smith in the New York Post remarks that he had “an excellent time … for most of the movie” […]

BIGELOW PENS OP-ED PIECE TO DEFEND ZD30

January 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Director Kathryn Bigelow has again attempted to deflect criticism of the torture scenes depicted in her film, Zero Dark Thirty, emphasizing her previous declaration that “depiction is not endorsement.” Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Bigelow commented, “Confusing depiction with endorsement is the first step toward chilling any American artist’s ability and right to shine […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: LAWLESS

August 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s hard to remember a movie that received such divergent reviews as Australian director John Hillcoat’s Lawless, which opens today (Wednesday). That’s how it was at Cannes, when it was screened in competition last May, drawing boos and applause during the closing credits. The film, adapted by rock musician Nick Cave and starring Shia LaBeouf, […]

LAWLESS, ABOUT BLOOD AND BROTHERLY LOVE, SCREENS AT CANNES

May 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The most pertinent footage in director John Hillcoat’s Lawless, which screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival today (Saturday), may have ended up on the proverbial cutting-room floor. The film, starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, and Guy Pearce, tells the purportedly true story of the Bondurant brothers, who ran a moonshine operation […]

THE ARTIST LEADS GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS

December 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Who would ever have thought that a silent movie, in black and white, with no major stars and an unknown director would wind up with the most Golden Globes nominations this year? Well, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which has a long history of surprising nominations, announced early today (Thursday) that The Artist had indeed […]

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD UNVEILS NOMINEES

December 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Screen Actors Guild has announced its nominees for its 18th annual awards contest, with The Help, Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris, The Descendants and The Artist receiving nods in the outstanding cast performance category — SAG’s equivalent to the best picture selections. The Help received the most nominations — four. Besides the award for best […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE DEBT

September 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The season of the superhero has ended; it’s time for ordinary, thinking folks to populate the screens of movie theaters across the country again. Such is the case with The Debt, starring Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, and Tom Wilkinson. Virtually all the critics are giving it positive reviews — some more positive than […]