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02.24.2014 | | Posted at 06:20 PM

Reading the Signs for Hollywood’s Big Night

By David Luhrssen
  Reality will be inescapable at this year’s Academy Awards. Six of the nine Best Picture nominees are “based on a true story.” It’s a curious turn, given that so many top moneymakers are fantasies drawn from comic books or young adult fiction. Perhaps “reality based” pictures hold more gravitas for a Motion Picture Academy whose members have always wanted to be...
02.12.2014 | | Posted at 11:32 AM
By David Luhrssen
      Twenty-thirteen was Matthew McConaughey’s breakthrough year. He played an admirable assortment of roles, none as prominent as his star turn in Dallas Buyers Club. Odds are in his favor: he’ll take the trophy for Best Actor on Oscar night for his performance in that film. Out on DVD and Blu-ray, Dallas Buyers Club is also a likely Oscar vehicle for J...
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014

Leo DiCaprio stars as the ‘Wolf’ at the head of the pack

 Oliver Stone was probably surprised when some fans of Wall Street embraced
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013

Looking Back on the Great and the Good

 I don’t call my picks of the year the “best,” but I do play favorites. To any critic compiling a “best-of” list, I demand: define “best.” Most can’t define anything at all, including their criteria for choosing the year’s top movies. I don’t pretend to know what’s best but I can measure the ability of films
Monday, Dec. 23, 2013
 47 Ronin retells a legend based on real events from early-18th-century Japan; after a benevolent lord is killed by an evil lord who uses witchcraft, 47 of the former’s samurai guards vow to avenge his death. The lord’s beautiful daughter Mika (Kô Shibasaki) is one of the prizes sought by the
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
 This sequel to the 1999 film was conceived at a cast reunion dinner. The reunion concept carried over to a plot that finds the friends reuniting 15 years after college. Taye Diggs returns as protagonist Harper Stewart, with Sanaa Lathan playing his wife. Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard
08.05.2013 | | Posted at 11:14 AM

Matthew McConaughey's Southern Gothic

By David Luhrssen
  Mud is a little bit Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer—a boy’s tale on a Southern river, a story of boys finding their way amidst the mysterious world of adults. The protagonists are a pair of 14-year-olds, the sensitive Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and the more cynical, Fugazi T-shirt-wearing Neckbone (Jacob Lofland). Exploring a wooded island in the stream, they discover a surreal sight, a...
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mud

Matthew McConaughey’s mystic Southern fugitive

After directing Take Shelter, an intriguing “Twilight Zone”-style tale of madness and apocalypse in America’s heartland, Jeff Nichols moves south to Arkansas for a strong follow-up, Mud. His protagonists are a pair of
Friday, April 26, 2013
 Because their son (Topher Grace) and his fiancée (Amanda Seyfried) have lied to the bride's ultraconservative mother (Susan Sarandon), the groom's long-divorced parents (Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton) are compelled to

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