'300: Rise of an Empire' is a bloodbath and not much else. You've heard the expression 'Heads will roll.' In this movie heads roll all over the place. Why exactly they're rolling is never quite clear.
It must be of some comfort to Quentin Tarantino that people are still reaching for his style and attitude after all these years. They're mostly failing, of course, but even bad attempts are salutes of a sort.
If you're going to build an entire film around the treatment of one patient, you'd best have either a very interesting patient, a compelling problem or a dramatic breakthrough. 'Jimmy P.' has none of these.
There are at least three films considered strong contenders this year, with a couple of other dark horses that might sneak into the winner's circle if the lead contenders cancel one another out.
The apparent last work of Japanese animation genius Hayao Miyazaki, who has announced his retirement at 73, 'Wind' is lovely, inspired and haunted by the mauling of invention.
A scattershot affair that leans on unlikely characters, 'Adult World' is just too far-fetched to be worthy of the actors involved in it.
The length Tim Jenison goes to prove his point — a point, let's face it, that few people really care about — defies all logic and yet at the same time serves as inspiring.
As we look ahead to the 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony on March 2, let's gaze back on some of the cinematic landmarks that changed and challenged cinema. Not one of them won the Oscar for best picture.
Part 'Crank,' part 'Taken,' part 'Father Knows Best' and part Looney Tunes, '3 Days to Kill' should come off as stretched in too many dumb directions. But somehow the thing works.
The general wisdom is that the Oscar for best director goes hand-in-hand with the Oscar for best picture. But that's not how it worked last year, and there's a good chance it won't work that way this year either.
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