Exploring deeply conflicted characters who are on a mission to reconceive their unsatisfying circumstances is director David O. Russell’s sweet spot. From his raw 1996 film Flirting with Disaster to last year’s acclaimed Silver Linings Playbook, he effectively unravels the disarray.
How essential are physical and emotional connections when falling in love? What would you miss — looking into someone’s eyes, caressing them? In Her, Spike Jonze’s futuristic exploration of a man’s relationship with his computer, the filmmaker surveys human disjunction.
For most scribes who have toiled in the movie industry, portraying Hollywood as a healing paradise is roughly equivalent to regaling a lobster of the soothing properties of a boiling pot of water.
For the people on your holiday list who collect DVDs of popular and classic TV shows, there’s plenty to choose from this season.
It’s unlikely that any family dinner of yours will equal the rollicking, vicious one at the heart of August: Osage County, the blistering film adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning Tracy Letts play starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.
Underscoring deeply conflicted characters, who are on a mission to reconceive their unsatisfying circumstances, has become director David O. Russell’s sweet spot. From his raw 1996 film, “Flirting with Disaster,” to last year’s acclaimed “Silver Linings Playbook,” he effectively unravels the disarray.
In the 1970s-set con artist tale “American Hustle,” Russell’s ability to depict an audacious take on a bedlam breakdown peaks, making this his most entertaining jaunt yet.
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association split between the space odyssey "Gravity" and the futuristic romance "Her," lending no more certainty to an awards season that's so far been full of contenders.
The two films shared best picture in the awards announced this week by the L.A. critics, but "Gravity" was the top award-winner. The innovatively made, lost-in-space drama won for best director (Alfonso Cuaron), best editing (Cuaron and Mark Sanger) and best cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki).
In a world of on-demand video and movies shrunken to the size of smartphone screens, home-entertainment releases need something special to stand out. The following box sets offer more than movies for every cinephile on your holiday list.
For the superhero enthusiast:
In the first 10 minutes of Inside Llewyn Davis, an unidentified stranger knocks the titular character to his knees in an alley behind a cafe in New York’s Greenwich Village. The genesis of this animosity is left unanswered until the final moments of the Coen brothers’ latest dark comedy, leaving us to wonder why anyone would beat up a folk singer.
An ingeniously simple setup is cunningly exploited for maximum suspense in “Hours,” a slow-building, consistently engrossing drama set during and immediately after the devastation wrought on New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.
It’s not always easy being an Oscar-winner.
A wide range of actors have played President John F. Kennedy in the movies and on TV, starting even before his assassination 50 years ago. Some memorable portrayals: