Now that all eight Best Picture Oscar-nominated films have been announced, it’s time to catch up with your screenings before the February 28 ceremony. Here’s a parade of trailers for all Best Picture nominees to get you ready. Check out a complete list of nominees for the 88th Academy Awards here.
These are my Top 20 Films of 2015. For this year, I’ve decided to change my criteria a bit. These lists used to be the top films I saw in a movie theatre that calendar year, so it would include any previous year’s late releases that I screened in a theatre at the beginning of the following year. As a sign of the times, and the fact that content is being consumed across various screens now more than ever, this list is composed of the top 20 films of 2015 that had a theatrical release that year, regardless of when or where I watched them. Top films from 2014 that I screened in a theatre in 2015 are listed as honorable mentions.
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Christopher Nolan’s first IMDb credit came for writing, directing, shooting, editing, and set designing his 3-minute short film, “Doodlebug” (1997). The black-and-white, noirish film was made while Nolan (then credited as “Chris”) was studying English literature at university. Its lone performer, Jeremy Theobald, later starred in Nolan’s feature debut, Following (1998), another black-and-white noir just a year later.
It doesn’t take much to notice the early stages of Nolan’s evolving “film mind” in this brief piece. The various levels of reality at play here are fully on display in a greater form in Nolan’s 2010 film, Inception.
I have to say, I’m not David O. Russell’s biggest fan, though he has made some films I admire. Lately, he’s found favor with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook). So if you’re into that quartet, you’ll want to check out Joy, opening Christmas Day. Based on a true story, Lawrence stars as Joy Mangano, the struggling Long Island entrepreneur mom who invented the Miracle Mop and launched a business empire. Russell wrote the script off a story by Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids, 2011) and Russell. The film also stars Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, and Isabella Rossellini. Check out the trailer below.
How does one of the world’s most dominant religions attempt to reconcile its longstanding troubles when a new film continues to shed light on them? It’s no secret that the Catholic Church has had more than its share of criticisms, from its controversial stances on homosexuality and divorce to its treatment of women. Arguably, the Church’s most pressing concern continues to be its response to the highly publicized sex abuse scandal, initially brought to light by The Boston Globe in January 2002. This journalistic investigation is the subject of Spotlight(2015), the new film from Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor) about the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of journalists that exposed the scandal and the Church’s controversial response. So how will the film impact public perceptions of the Church? In short, it probably won’t.
IMDb recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and it asked various celebrities the burning question we’ve all been dying to know the answer to: What’s your first movie in a movie theatre? Mine was Home Alone (1990), which I watched at the Grand single-screen movie theatre in Springfield, MA (it’s now a church). I was 9 (no wonder it’s my favorite number) and my life was forever changed. I’ve been tracking every movie I’ve seen in a theatre ever since. Twenty-five years later, I’m up to 772 films.
See what celebrities like Chris Pratt, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Keira Knightley, Christopher Nolan, Ryan Gosling, Matthew McConaughey, Amy Poehler, Jake Gyllenhaal, and others had to say here.
Watch Elizabeth Banks describe her first movie-going experience below.
As the 53rd New York Film Festival wrapped with Closing Night selection Miles Ahead, a bio-drama on “social music” (don’t call it jazz) legend Miles Davis, starring and helmed by Don Cheadle in his directorial debut, it’s time to look back on some of the Festival’s best offerings.
BRIDGE OF SPIES
In Steven Spielberg’s Cold War-era drama, Tom Hanks plays a Brooklyn insurance lawyer who must broker a sensitive prisoner exchange with the USSR. Once again, Spielberg proves he’s at the top of his craft. Hanks turns in a solid performance, but it’s supporting player Mark Rylance who steals his scenes as a Soviet spy with his too-cool-it’s-unnerving performance.