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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Singular Body of Work Will Live On

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
“You have to make your reputation on being honest and unmerciful.” — Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous  

A Critic's Guide to the Thought-Provoking Bests of the 2014 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
When the Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival kicks off Saturday at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion with a screening of The Yellow Ticket, the event will signal an immersive merging of old and new...  

Syfy Impresses with New Original, 'Helix'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Syfy isn’t exactly known for its high-quality, critically celebrated programming...But its new series Helix (10 p.m. Fridays) — from Battlestar creator Ron Moore — is seriously good.  

The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza)

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Italian representative in the Best Foreign Language pool of nominees from writer-director Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place and Il Divo) sets its sights on Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo)  

The Lego Movie

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Recently, a creeping bias has taken hold of me concerning the state of animated features. Because of the creative stranglehold of the Disney-Pixar model, I’ve cooled somewhat to the sterility of  

The Monuments Men

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
George Clooney’s latest multi-hyphenate effort skipped the over-crowded awards season of 2013, which means that its arrival now stands as a treat for adult audiences starved for something other   

Vampire Academy

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Apparently modern teen vampire tales haven’t quite been put to rest, because Vampire Academy swoops in with its rigid divide between the peaceful Moroi, who live quietly among us, and the Strigo  

Bodice-Ripping Melodrama Spoils 'Labor Day'

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Whip-smart dark comedy has been a signature thus far in the career of writer-director Jason Reitman, who kicked things off by skewering the marketing/promotional efforts of the tobacco industry (and American society as a whole) in Thank You for Smoking.  

Super Bowl Fun for the Football Illiterate

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Super Bowl has evolved from a football championship game to an annual popular culture event. Even people who aren’t sports fans host Super Bowl parties and watch for the big-budget halftime performances (this year it’s Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers) and some of the most entertaining commercials of the year.  

That Awkward Moment

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Romantic comedy screenwriters want us to believe that love is full of cute challenges, those inconsequential moments blown out of proportion, awaiting simple, declarative resolutions on the path  

'Gimme Shelter' Offers Inspiring Look at a Secret War on the Home Front

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Imagine, if you will, living in a hellhole, deep, dank and dark. You’re a teen forced to turn tricks by your mother to pay your own way, while also knowing that your earnings are feeding her drug habit.  

The Lasting Legacy of Roger Ebert

Crowdfunded documentary captures legendary film critic's final days and enduring influence

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I am Life Itself community member #888. There are at least 1,656 others. All of us, although we may never know each other by name, are bound together by one of the most influential people film history has ever known: film critic Roger Ebert. 
  

Let's Hear It for the Girls

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Could this third season of Girls (10 p.m. Sundays, HBO) be the strongest yet? We’re only two weeks and three episodes in, but it’s obvious the show is evolving — along with the Girls themselves.  

I, Frankenstein

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The Hollywood monster mash-up continues with I, Frankenstein, but at least this time out co-screenwriter and director Stuart Beattie (recognized for the characters in the Pirates of the Caribbean fran  

The Invisible Woman

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Ralph Fiennes has made a career being typecast as men of indomitable intelligence with a healthy sense of the romantic. So it should come as no surprise to find him slipping into the role of the g