Archives: 2013 best picture

Amour: Greetings from Hell

This French film is nominated for Best Picture. Ummm…that’s about the only cheerful thing about it.

Silver Linings Playbook: Feel-good is back

Presenting the first successful RomCom Slash Real Movie with a protagonist named “Pat” opposite a lady named “Tiffany.”

Zero Dark Thirty: Terrorism and torture

Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial new film, Zero Dark Thirty, tackles terrorism, torture, and Osama bin Laden.

Django Unchained: The “D” is silent, but the pistol isn’t

A quintessential Tarantino bloodbath that pulls out all the stops (and then shoots them into someone’s eye).

Les Misérables: Faces vs. voices

Ah, the old “Who do I cast who can sing as well as they act?” dilemma. It sometimes results in Russell Crowe, who can indeed do both equally badly.

Life of Pi: A case for 3D (finally!)

There’s never been a better, more beautiful use of 3D in a movie. Ever.

Lincoln: Sorry, everyone.

Spielberg’s love letter to Richmond, Virginia is finally ready to premiere. Some of us got a sneak peek at the bitter disappointment that is this film.

Argo: Ben Affleck: director, actor, super spy

Argo is the mostly true story of the rescue of six American hostages (the exfiltration, in spook parlance) from Iran during the Iran hostage crisis.

Beasts of the Southern Wild: Home is everything

In his first feature film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, director Benh Zeitlin has created a thing of beauty that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before