It is a sincere film that is full of life, with fantastic performances and arresting drama that provokes almost every emotion imaginable from an audience. Infusing well-suited humour, and without overdone sentiment, Cretton beautifully balances the uplifting and the heartbreaking in an authentic telling of tremendously moving human stories.
In Part 3 of my award coverage I have included: The Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Awards and the nominees for the 2013 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) Awards.
In Part Two of my award coverage of the 2013 Award Season I have included: The winners at the European Film Awards, The New York Film Critics Online Awards and The Boston Society of Film Critics awards.
With likable, empowering characters, and a fresh element of conflict, Frozen is the year’s most impressive animated feature and a 21st Century Disney classic.
With the exception of Fruitvale Station taking the breakthrough/debut awards, Stories We Tell honoured for Documentary Filmmaking, and The Wind Rises winning claim as the year’s best Animated Feature there is no crossover between either critical body, which puts an early surprise spin on this very open awards race.
Everyone knows, or has known, someone like our protagonist in The Spectacular Now, Sutter Keely (Miles Teller, Rabbit Hole). He’s the popular jock – a likable, confident guy who is a lot of fun to…
Here we are again, at the dawn of another awards season. The 2013 Independent Spirit Awards nominees have been announced.
Catching Fire improving on the already-solid foundation film I, an uninitiated reader, have now become an admirer of this fantastic franchise and eagerly await the continuation.
It wasn’t a satisfying experience.
Here is a list I have been working on throughout the second half of 2013 – a list of my 50 Favourite Horror Films
While not a slam-dunk success, the gel of tones and the uniting of fantasy and real-world elements work consistently, resulting in another decent enough Marvel saga.
Prisoners is an intense, unsettling and often nasty film. If you like crime thrillers, this is a very good one. The performances, and especially Gyllenhaal’s, are enough to warrant enduring the stress.
This anticipated documentary-esque dramatization of the devastating true events that took place in Hayward on the 31st December 2008 and at Fruitvale Station in the early hours of January 1st 2009 is sure to provoke some pretty strong emotions.
At the core of Bethlehem, set within the Palestinian governed city, is the relationship between Razi (Tsahi Halevi, charismatic) and Sanfur (Sahdi Marei), which extends beyond that of officer and informant and has become almost like a father and son bond.
Playtime is the fourth feature film from French director Jacques Tati, and in a string of masterpieces is arguably the best film he ever made. I didn’t think cinema could get much better than his Mon Oncle, but this highly ambitious film – shot in 70mm it utilizes an enormously complex mise en scene as a cinematic play pen and took about four years to shoot and put together – feels like one of the all-time greats.
During a raging Metallica concert, a live performance and recording by the gods of metal themselves, a young roadie named Trip (the great Dane Dehaan, star of Chronicle, The Place Beyond the Pines) is sent…
First and foremost, Hanks gives an incredible performance, and this amazing story has been given a fitting dramatisation – albeit one of nerve-shredding authenticity, and predominantly free of Hollywood dramatic manipulation and U.S ‘save-the-day’ bravado – by the gifted Greengrass.
I remained engrossed throughout, stunned by how the terrain was photographed, the understated score, the brewing tension that sneaks up on you…
For this unique cinematic event, a winning collaboration between some of Australia’s most talented directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, actors and designers, Tim Winton’s beloved collection of individual short stories have been brought to the big screen in one of our industry’s most ambitious projects – seventeen shorts, each with a different filmmaker at the helm.
The Worst Week of My Life, directed by Alessandro Genovesi, was a hit comedy in Italy – being based on a popular UK television sitcom of the same name helps – which I am sure will reap similar rewards at the Lavazza Italian Film Festival.