"Inside Llewyn Davis" begins with the chattering of a crowd, the tuning of a guitar, a close-up on a microphone and an emotional rendition of the folk standard "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" by star Oscar Isaac.
Unfolding in the one-time MacDougal Street institution Gaslight Café in 1961, it's an auspicious beginning to the latest masterwork from Joel and Ethan Coen, lodging a lump... » more
Look out Hollywood! Now Queens has its own backlot.
City politicians, along with Sen. Charles Schumer and representatives from Kaufman Astoria Studios yesterday unveiled a block-long outdoor film studio behind the the landmarked movie production hub in Queens.
The outdoor black-box film stage is the first of its kind in New York City, and will allow production companies to film outside... » more
The New York Film Critics Circle named "American Hustle," a film about 1970s con artists forced to work with the FBI, as best film of 2013 on Tuesday and gave its top acting prizes to Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in the first major movie honors in the run-up to the Oscars.
British director Steve McQueen won the best director prize for "12 Years a Slave," the historical... » more
Penn & Teller produced the new documentary "Tim's Vermeer" but don't be fooled. It's not some elaborate con, a sleight of hand, an act of deception.
The film, which follows the efforts of inventor Tim Jenison to replicate the revolutionary painting techniques of 17th century master Johannes Vermeer, offers a radical theory to explain Vermeer's photo-realistic works: Vermeer produced... » more
While still not as good as the "X-Men"-proper films -- especially "First Class" -- this sequel to the spinoff is mighty fun thanks to Hugh Jackman, who is always enjoyable in the role of Logan, aka The Wolverine, the mutant with healing powers and metal claws coming out of his hand. This film has Logan in Japan where he loses something very important and... » more
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" continued to light up the box office through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, collecting a record $110.2 million over five days to surpass a hefty opening for Disney's new animated film "Frozen," and bringing its 10-day total to nearly $300 million.
Moviegoers flooded theaters in record-setting numbers, dropping $294 million at box offices,... » more
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Directed by Justin Chadwick Starring Idris Elba, Naomie Harris Rated PG-13 Opens Friday at Angelika
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" is one of those obsessively linear, respectful biopics that begins toward the beginning and ends roughly at the end.
It's a far less interesting form of filmmaking than the alternative, as personified by, say, Clint... » more
Jason Statham can kick your butt.
He knows that, we know it, and lots of movies over the course of the past decade-plus have proven it to be true.
The new flick "Homefront," starring Statham and scripted by Sylvester Stallone, has plenty of butt-kicking, to be sure.
But "in Sly's words, this is particularly a drama, with high moments of suspense and high moments... » more
As one of Britain's foremost comic talents, having embodied the iconic Alan Partridge among other memorable characters, Steve Coogan is an undisputed king of sardonic humor.
So it's surprising to hear the 48-year-old discuss his motivation for co-writing and co-starring in "Philomena," a drama based on the true story of Irish woman Philomena Lee's (Judi Dench) search for the son... » more
"The Great Beauty" finds Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino channeling Federico Fellini and other masterful chroniclers of the surreal, absurd and unrelentingly beautiful Roman cityscape.
The impressionistic film is centered on Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), a 65-year-old writer who experiences many facets of the city over the course of heady nights and beautiful days.
It's... » more