Katheryn Bigelow’s follow up to her Best Picture-winning The Hurt Locker is another modern war film, Zero Dark Thirty (ZD30). And she tops that movie in every way. Starring Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Mark Strong, Kyle Chandler, Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt, ZD30 attempts to recreate the US government’s 12 year hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Watch the trailer then read my review after the jump.
Amour hasn’t seen wide release in North America, but this French film swept through Cannes and is now nominated for Best Picture. I caught it at a TIFF screening and can safely report that it deserves all of its nominations. Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, the film follows an elderly couple as they cope with life just before death. Watch the trailer after the jump then read my review.
Argo has been one of the most successful movies of 2012 and after finally seeing it for myself, I know why. Starring Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber and Bryan Crantson, the movie tells the true story of the outrageous plan the CIA used to rescue six Americans from Iran in 1979. Affleck also directs and he has crafted an amazing thriller that stays true to the source, while still being a funny and exciting movie. Watch the trailer after the jump and then read my review.
Beasts of the Southern Wild took Sundance by storm last year, then swept through the festivals picking up over 30 awards and nominations. And now the story about young Hushpuppy and her life in the Bayou are nominated for four Oscars, including best picture. The film stars newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry, and tells the story of young Hushpuppy and her many struggles with her father and the world around her. Watch the trailer after the jump and then read my review. Continue reading
Quentin Tarantino returned to theaters this Christmas with another gory, vulgar and hilarious film: Django Unchained. The director, known for such classics as Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds has moved onto the spaghetti western genre with a very powerful take on southern slavery in 1858. Starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained follows two bounty hunters as the look to rescue a slave from the inhabitants of an evil slave owner. You can watch the trailer and read my review bellow.
Les Misérables is one of the most successful stage musicals of all time, having played in London and around the world for over 25 years. However, the classic musical had never received a full on film adaptation, until now. And it lives up to the source material, providing an equally engaging and entertaining musical tragedy that is rarely seen in film musicals. Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, the Tom Hooper directed film follows Jackman’s Jean Valjean and the people around him, superimposed on the French Revolution. Watch the trailer after the jump and the read my review.
Abraham Lincoln is one of the most famous presidents in the history of the United States and Steven Spielberg tackles his life in the most powerful way possible. The film captures the final four months of Lincoln’s life as he struggles to end the war and pass the 13th amendment Daniel Day-Lewis gives an Oscar calibre performance as the president with one of the largest ensemble casts ever behind him. Tommy Lee-Jones, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, David Strathairn and John Hawkes are just some of the many strong supporting actors that show up in this film. Watch the trailer below and then read my review.
The Silver Linings Playbook was a movie that wasn’t really on peoples radar at the start of the festival circuit. Everyone knew it was directed by David O. Russell and had an amazing cast, but that was about it. Then it won the TIFF People’s Choice Award and now it is a serious contender for the Oscars early next year. The film follows Pat, a man released from a mental ward after an incident with his ex-wife, as he tries to rebuild his life and relationships. The stellar cast includes Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and the always amazing Jennifer Lawrence. Watch the trailer after the jump, then read my full review.
Disney Animation has another hit on their hands with Wreck-It-Ralph, a feel good story set in the world of video games. John C. Reilly stars as Ralph, a video game villain who is tired of being the bad guy of Fix-It-Felix Jr. Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Alan Tudyk star in this hilarious tribute to classic video games that will move audiences young and old. Watch the trailer and read my review after the jump.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” has been on many critics’ list of potential Oscar winners, but after having seen it, I don’t feel the same way. The film tells the story of Freddie Quell, played by Joaquin Phoenix, a man looking to find himself after World War II. He falls under the wing of Lancaster Dodd, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, and becomes an important subject in Dodd’s quest to create a new religion. Amy Adams also appears as Dodd’s wife who fully supports her husband’s ambitions. Watch the trailer and read my review after the jump.