Hope Springs: Your Burning Questions Answered

by Ethan Alter August 8, 2012 6:00 am
<i>Hope Springs</i>: Your Burning Questions Answered

Who says the summer movie season is exclusively home to superheroes, super spies and talking teddy bears? As formidable as Jeremy Renner looks in this week's token action picture The Bourne Legacy, I'd put my money on the dynamic duo of Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, the stars of the new AARP-approved marital comedy Hope Springs, to take him out. (Actually, Streep could probably put him down entirely on her own. Have you ever seen The River Wild? That chick will mess you up.) I'm sure you have plenty of questions about the movie, so let's get right to it.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

by Ethan Alter April 10, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Any chance she hails from the Iron Islands?

Eight Highlights From the 2012 BAFTA Awards

by Ethan Alter February 13, 2012 1:45 pm
Eight Highlights From the 2012 BAFTA Awards

The Artist added another batch of awards to its shelf last night, these ones hailing from across the pond in ol' Blighty. The annual BAFTA (that's the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for all of us Yankees) Awards were handed out last night at London's Royal Festival Hall and all of the big Oscar contenders -- George Clooney! Michelle Williams! Brad Pitt! -- made the trip to press the flesh on the red carpet.

Indie Snapshot: The Iron Lady, Pariah and A Separation

by Ethan Alter January 6, 2012 1:56 pm
Indie Snapshot: <i>The Iron Lady</i>, <i>Pariah</i> and <i>A Separation</i>

For the love of God, skip The Devil Inside this weekend and check out some of these independent and foreign releases instead.

New York Film Critics Online 2011 Awards Results

by Ethan Alter December 12, 2011 12:27 pm
New York Film Critics Online 2011 Awards Results

Television Without Pity is a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, an organization of New York-based online critics, which convened yesterday to hand out their annual awards honoring the best in film for 2011. The silent-film homage The Artist proved to be the big winner, going home with three awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. (We weren't alone in giving that film top honors -- The Artist has also been named Best Picture by the New York Film Critics Circle, Boston Society of Film Critics and the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics. It's also currently the closest to what resembles a frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar.) NYFCO departed from the mainstream consensus with two less expected picks -- Michael Shannon was named Best Actor for his searing work in Take Shelter, while Joe Cornish picked up Debut Director honors for his terrific alien invasion movie, Attack the Block. For a full list of winners, along with links to our original coverage of those films, click below.

Mamma Mia!: Psychic Candy With A Disco Soundtrack

by Lauren Gitlin July 17, 2008 1:35 pm
<i>Mamma Mia!</i>: Psychic Candy With A Disco Soundtrack

I need to start by saying that I am not an inordinately rabid fan of ABBA, nor am I a musical theater acolyte -- in fact I hate musicals for their campy, over-the-top cheesiness. Needless to say, I did not see Mamma Mia! on Broadway. I went to see an early screening of the film adaptation of said Broadway musical with a fair amount of trepidation. And I was pleasantly surprised by my lack of homicidal feeling once the closing credits rolled.

Mamma Mia! There you go again! My, my. I cannot escape you!

by Odie Henderson July 16, 2008 10:11 am
Mamma Mia! There you go again! My, my. I cannot escape you! Please allow me this short rant. When I went to see Hellboy II, I walked into a theater that looked like a shrine to ABBA. There were at least five posters for Mamma Mia hanging from the ceiling. MM's star, Amanda Seyfried, stared accusingly at me from my popcorn and soda containers, as if to say "I can't believe you ordered a Diet Pepsi to go with that extra large tub of popcorn." The player piano in the lobby loudly played an ABBA tune that, absent the insipid lyrics, sounded prettier than I remembered. "I hate that song," said the pimply-faced teen who, a few seconds prior, had bogarted me into buying the aforementioned extra large popcorn "for just fifty cents more!" I looked at his name tag and understood where his ABBA hatred stemmed from: The tag said Fernando.

August: Osage County: Family Ties

by Ethan Alter December 26, 2013 5:01 pm
<i>August: Osage County</i>: Family Ties

Since I never caught the theatrical run of August: Osage County, I'm just going to have to assume that Tracy Letts's dark comedy chronicling the most dysfunctional family reunion ever deserved its many stage awards -- which ranged from Pulitzer Prizes to Tonys. Lord knows that the movie version isn't at all a good advertisement for whatever the virtues of the play might have been. Gracelessly directed by John Wells and wildly overacted by its all-star ensemble cast, this is one of those creative misfires that makes you feel terrible for everyone involved, as well as yourself for having to sit through it.

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