Who was Robbed and Who was Right in Oscar Nominations

Who got robbed? (The Muppets! Andy Serkis!) Who got the recognition they deserved? (The Tree of Life! Meryl Streep!) And who shouldn’t be on a list of the nine Best Pictures of the year even if they were the only picture made that year? (I’m looking at you, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close!) [Read more...]

Best Movies of 2011

Is the front runner for an Oscar “The Artist” on my Best of 2011 list? Nope.

My choices may surprise you. [Read more...]

My Nominations for Best Picture

Today is the big day! The Washington Area Film Critics Association, of which I am a member, has its first round of voting for 2011 awards. It’s a hard job narrowing down the year’s contenders for Best Picture, but many of the much-ballyhooed films recently released left me unimpressed, at least as far as Best [Read More...]

Love Song to a Love Song: The Tree of Life

Few movies have penetrated my soul like “The Tree of Life,” Terrence Malick’s impressionistic love song to life, the universe, and everything that comes out on DVD this week. The fragmentary film follows a middle aged man (Sean Penn) as he remembers his brother, killed years ago at 19, and reflects on his relationship with [Read More...]


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