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Untangling the Oscar Race

The Academy's top two prizes are up for grabs after an entertaining and engaging year of film

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
While I am not known for my Oscar handicapping capabilities, let me go out on a limb here and state that this year’s telecast will offer few if any real surprises in the four performance categories.  

Iranian Filmmaker Boldly Explores Emotional Minefield

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
In America, our notion of family has always adhered to simplistic models. The ideal was nuclear — husband, wife and two children, preferably a boy and a girl.  

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...  

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.  

'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. 
  

Pawns Seize the Crown in ‘Life of a King’

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Games teach us life lessons, and so do movies. But movies can strip away all of the metaphor and hidden machinations, showing us the broad strokes of what happened, meaning we get the highlights and the outcome — the shorthand version of the message.  

Spike Jonze Binds the Artificial and the Human in 'Her'

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
In an undefined future-scape, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) drifts along, penning personal letters for those who have trouble expressing emotions, dictating them into a computer and then printing them out as “handwritten” hard copies to be forwarded to loved ones.  

Most Valuable Player of 2013: Forest Whitaker

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Do you recall the first time you recognized Forest Whitaker, when he was in the kind of role that made you take notice of his presence?  

Oscar Isaac Discusses His Great Performance in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Fitting for a film about a musician, the songs in Inside Llewyn Davis, the new release from the Coen Brothers, sneak inside your head past the images and actions onscreen, which is surprising because those frames have a haunting quality of their own.  

Top Ten Favorite Film Memories of 2013

0 Comments · Monday, December 23, 2013
Around this time last year, I happened upon a copy of Roger Ebert’s memoir Life Itself and found in his narrative how movies have become, for me, fragments of experiences, some of the most precious minutes and hours of my life. And so, what else can I do but share a few of the best from 2013?  

The Legend of Will Ferrell Continues

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is back, but San Diego is in the rearview mirror this time. Burgundy and his lovely lady Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) have made a home in the Big Apple and the big-time big-boy anchor desk looms, as the mack daddy of news anchormen Mack Harken (Harrison Ford) prepares to make an offer that cannot be refused.   

A Duped Documentarian Seeks the Truth About the Power of a Lie

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Audiences will sit down to Alex Gibney’s new film, The Armstrong Lie, wanting to believe that thoroughly disgraced cyclist and athlete Lance Armstrong will come clean in a far more humbling fashion than he did with Oprah Winfrey.  

Sex, Lies, and 'Vinyl': VOD Debut for Sonja Kinski

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The turning of the calendar page to 2014 will mark the 25th anniversary of Steven Soderbergh’s breakthrough Sex, Lies, and Videotape, so it is somewhat fitting to end 2013 with a review of a new video-on-demand release.