‘Blue Jasmine’: Cate Blanchett is the best thing to happen to Woody Allen in ages

Blue Jasmine isn't entirely free of the flaws of late, late Woody Allen, but what lifts it above the spate of recent Allen movies is a lead performance that’s exceptionally satisfying to watch. Maybe Allen should have worked with a diva like Cate Blanchett much earlier. Read more [...]

Javier Bardem’s hair

Can you tell how good a movie is going to be by the state of Javier Bardem's hair? A few publicity stills for the upcoming Ridley Scott/Cormac McCarthy thriller The Counselor suggest there's reason to be excited. Read more [...]

Christoph Waltz’s well-deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar for ‘Django Unchained’

It's no secret that Austrian-German actor Christoph Waltz steals Django Unchained. Quentin Tarantino's epic spaghetti-western-in-the-antebellum-South also features memorable turns by Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson. But Waltz is nonetheless the best reason to see the movie. Read more [...]

The antidote to Oscar season, #2: Zach Galifianakis’ ‘Oscar Buzz’ interviews

Zach Galifianakis' interviews are an inspired sendup of Oscar campaigning — Galifianakis lobs deadpan non sequiturs at each Oscar nominee, and the question is how these movie-biz eminences will respond. The skits are a good test of everyone's improv skills. They're also very funny. Read more [...]