Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Blogroll

Thompson on Hollywood

Must -Sees: The Last Station, Up in the Air, Bright Star

Must -Sees: The Last Station, Up in the Air, Bright Star
Must-Sees:Jason Reitman's Up in the Air has been deemed a too-dark marketing challenge. But the movie's strength is the way it skips past conventional genre cliches while deftly taking its characters through romantic escape and isolation--and the tough economy. Paramount Pictures is one of the few studios that can market both big and little movies. Up in the Air may be on its way to some Oscar nominations: it won four awards from the National Board of Review, including best picture of the year. It's tied with Precious for number one on the Gurus 'O Gold. Reviews are stellar: Tomatometer: 84%. Metascore: 81.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • December 4, 2009 1:00 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

Must-Sees: Red Cliff, Bad Lieutenant, The Blind Side

Must-Sees: Red Cliff, Bad Lieutenant, The Blind Side
All of a sudden, with the Thanksgiving Day weekend, there's more than enough good movies to see.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • November 28, 2009 2:57 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

John Woo Talks Red Cliff

John Woo Talks Red Cliff
John Woo's historic epic Red Cliff is one of the best films of the year. Already a huge hit in Asia, which financed the original two-part $80-million five-hour war film (the most expensive movie ever produced in China), the two-and-a half-hour western cut of Red Cliff launched stateside last week in New York without much fanfare, and opens on 30 screens in 15 markets including L.A. this holiday weekend. The reviews are strong (Tomatometer 86%, Metascore 73.)
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • November 25, 2009 1:12 AM
  • |
  • 4 Comments

Reel Geezers Join IndieWIRE

As IndieWIRE builds up its critics pages (CriticWIRE), two veteran critics are joining the IW Blog Network: Reel Geezers Marcia Nasatir and Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • November 25, 2009 12:14 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Paramount Unveils The Lovely Bones

Paramount Unveils The Lovely Bones
First, AICN's Harry Knowles ran his review of The Lovely Bones. And now that the Royal Premiere has taken place in London, there's no holding back the floodgates.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • November 24, 2009 10:31 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Brothers vs. Brothers

Brothers vs. Brothers
Beware the cross-cultural remake.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • November 23, 2009 3:45 AM
  • |
  • 4 Comments

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Disappoints

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Disappoints
When new distributor Summit left behind Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke in its rush to push through the second film in their windfall franchise, they took a calculated risk. Abandoning a silly Twilight script that had been passed on by Paramount, Hardwicke and writer Melissa Rosenberg went back to the heart-pounding first-person intensity of the Stephenie Meyer original, which wound up selling 70 million copies worldwide. The dream that inspired Meyer--chapter thirteen in the first book--is a scene in a rain forest between a lovelorn young girl and a sparkling 109-year-old vampire who is restraining himself from biting and killing her. That tension is the heart and soul of the Twilight series.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • November 18, 2009 8:37 AM
  • |
  • 26 Comments

Must Sees: Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Messenger

Must Sees: Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Messenger
The movie most likely to succeed this weekend is Roland Emmerich's 2012, which I look forward to seeing with a crowd. The critic-proof doomsday movie is expected to do $40-50 million on over 3400 screens. I just want to see the VFX. That's what Emmerich is good at. Even in the trailer John Cusack looks embarrassed.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • November 14, 2009 1:12 AM
  • |
  • 3 Comments

Sheffield Docs: How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, Disco and Atomic War

Sheffield Docs: How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, Disco and Atomic War
Critic Karina Longworth posts again from Sheffield Doc/Fest on two features and a short dealing with the impact of Western pop culture on the fall of the USSR.
  • By Karina Longworth
  • |
  • November 9, 2009 5:44 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Sheffield Rock Docs: The Beat is the Law, Taqwacore

Sheffield Rock Docs: The Beat is the Law, Taqwacore
Critic Karina Longworth continues her coverage of Doc/Fest in Sheffield with reviews of music docs The Beat is the Law Part One and Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam.
  • By Karina Longworth
  • |
  • November 8, 2009 1:14 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Email Updates