Tag Archive | Rooney Mara

Lion

Nominated for Best Picture at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Luke Davies) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Nicole Kidman) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Dev Patel) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Cinematography (Greig Fraser) […]

Kubo and the Two Strings

Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Travis Knight makes his directorial debut for Laika with “Kubo and the Two Strings”. Mr. Knight has worked as an animator on all of their features (“Coraline”, “ParaNorman”, and “The Boxtrolls”, before this), […]

Pan

It occurs to me, that the most intoxicating set piece I’ve witnessed in the last year, is the incredible image of hundreds of “lost boys” singing Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at the top of their lungs, while standing at the bottom of a canyon. When Hugh Jackman finally enters the scene, as Blackbeard the […]

Carol

I’m very pleased that the masterful director Todd Haynes is finally getting the overwhelming respect that he deserves. I’m just not certain that it’s for the right film. He’s been one of our most consistent American filmmakers for a quarter of a century now, beginning with his maverick 1991 NC-17 feature debut “Poison” in 1991, […]

Falling Back into the Holiday Season

Hey Mon! It was wonderful, fun-filled week, in the resort-laden Negril, Jamaica. All play…no work. But now that I’ve had my fill of colorful tropical drinks, endless buffets, and crystal clear ocean waters dappling white sand beaches–it’s back to the grind! And now that we’ve officially lost an hour of sunlight here in the United […]

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

It’s my hope that I’m not missing the boat on this one in not rating it higher. A lot of it was quite good, and it was never less than compelling. However, with the year-end awards crunch in full-motion, one occasionally slips through the cracks when looking ahead to my 2013 Top Ten tally. What […]

Side Effects

It’s a nifty, twisty, sexy,  little thriller…so what if I saw the denouement coming at roughly the halfway point. It’s still a lot of fun. Plus, director Steven Soderbergh throws us a few extra surprises towards the wrap-up, so I wasn’t 100% on target. The acting is so solid, the writing so deft, and the direction so […]