At the Movies

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Under the Skin'

    'Under the Skin,' opening Friday at The Edge 12 in Birmingham, is the rare film to depict the truly alien " and not only pertaining to its central character, but a film that presents the mundane and normalcy of everyday human life in new angles scarcely seen in cinema. It's one of a very few recent …

  • NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL 2014: Day 2-3

    Friday and Saturday at the Nashville Film Festival offered me some unexpected pleasures, a few frustrations and glimpses at two of the finest films I’ve had the pleasure of seeing all year, films that will certainly be a major part of the critical conversation as 2014 continues. Friday…

  • NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL 2014: Day 1

    My trip to the 2014 Nashville Film Festival couldn’t begin with anything other than, well, seeing a movie. Before the start of the festival’s 45th year at the Regal Green Hills 16, a trip to one of the city’s most beloved landmarks for cinema, the Belcourt Theatre, was …

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Divergent'

    In the future, what remains of Chicago has been walled off from the desolation of the outside world. Massive electric fences keep those who live among the moldering skyscrapers of the Windy City safe from whatever's out there. And inside, the remnants of society live according to strict rules in…

  • The world's most difficult Academy Awards quiz

    Think you have a handle on trivia surrounding this year's Academy Award nominated films? Think again. The Oscars might not always reward the best films of the year, but they're a fount of factual minutae, and it's easy to get lost in statistics and precedents when trying to analyze the bigger…

  • OSCAR PREDICTIONS: Who takes the big prize on Sunday?

    The Oscar race for best picture is officially too close to call. Most years, you can tell how it's going to shake out. The wind is blowing in a certain direction. People can't shake the charming 'The Artist,' for example, or 'Argo' proves to be too much thrilling fun to ignore for the big prize.…

  • FOR RENT: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' 'Riddick,' 'Fruitvale Station' and more

    'LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER' As an African-American in the service industry, Cecil Gaines, played by Forest Whittaker in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' has a unique perspective to the changing of history. Gaines works in the White House, and Daniels' film, very loosely inspired by a real figure, traces…

  • FOR RENT: 'Runner Runner,' 'Thanks for Sharing' and more

    'RUNNER RUNNER' 'Runner Runner' employs a monotonous voiceover from star Justin Timberlake to summarize and quickly dispense of 'the boring parts' " your character motivations, your exposition and what have you " but what 'Runner Runner' does not consider is that coming off like an abridged version …

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Her'

    The magic of 'Her,' director Spike Jonze's melancholy science fiction love story, is that it shouldn't work half as well as it does. The story of a lonely man in a near-future who installs an artificially intelligent advanced operating system on his home computer, and who later develops a…

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

    Llewyn Davis, portrayed by Oscar Isaac in the new film from Joel and Ethan Coen, is not exactly the right guy for his time and place. That's quite unlike the Coens' heroic Dude, as played by Jeff Bridges in their 1998 cult comedy classic 'The Big Lebowski,' who just fits right in there; no, Davis,…