Tag: Naomi Watts

Demolition: Jake Gyllenhaal brings down the house

Following back-to-back successes with “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Wild,” director Jean-Marc Vallée hits another cinematic homerun with “Demolition,” now in select theaters. Jake Gyllenhaal beguiles audiences with one of his most compelling performances, taking what could have been a very ordinary performance and elevating it to an Oscar-nomination worthy effort. Gyllenhaal stars as Davis, a man struggling to cope with the death of his … Read More Demolition: Jake Gyllenhaal brings down the house

The Divergent Series Allegiant: Sleepwalking through cinema

If you’ve ever wanted to take a long nap while watching a movie in theaters, there’s likely no better film to snooze through this year than “The Divergent Series: Allegiant.” No one will blame you, least of all the film’s cast and crew, who sleepwalk their way through “Allegiant,” the third in the teen dystopian film franchise based on the books by Veronica Roth. … Read More The Divergent Series Allegiant: Sleepwalking through cinema

Insurgent: Up-and-down Divergent entry a step in right direction

Powerful and bold performances from young women have dominated the cinematic landscape early in 2015, from Dakota Johnson’s career-changing performance in “Fifty Shades of Grey” to a Disney blockbuster in “Cinderella.” While the year’s most gripping performance from a leading actress so far — Jennifer Lawrence in the limited release “Serena” — has been relegated to the second tier of cinema known as video … Read More Insurgent: Up-and-down Divergent entry a step in right direction

What we talk about when we talk about Birdman

It shouldn’t come as a total shock that “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” — a very inside acting film — would continue the trend of movies like “The Artist” and “Argo,” winning the Best Picture prize at Sunday’s Academy Awards. Now three of the last five films to win the most prestigious award in Hollywood are about Hollywood, actors or some combination … Read More What we talk about when we talk about Birdman

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St. Vincent: Indie dramedy a work of art for Bill Murray

“St. Vincent” doesn’t work without Bill Murray. The film, which centers around a crotchety old drunk gambler who takes care of his neighbor’s son to pay off gambling debts, could have been made with any number of other actors. However, it’s only “Saturday Night Live” vet Murray who can handle the humor required to make the majority of the film enjoyable enough to balance … Read More St. Vincent: Indie dramedy a work of art for Bill Murray