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  • HBO's 'Newsroom' returns in all its Aaron Sorkin righteousness

    HBO's 'Newsroom' returns in all its Aaron Sorkin righteousness
    For a while last year, I started to worry about liking Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” so much. Most of my colleagues didn’t like it — not that being out of sync with the herd ever bothered me greatly. It usually turned out...
  • SXSW Film Review: 'The Heart Machine'

    Although it loses its nerve a bit in the home stretch, Zachary Wigon's impressive debut feature, "The Heart Machine," is largely successful in crafting a "Conversation"-like thriller of irrational obsession out of the knotted intricacies of online...
  • Inside the L.A. Film Critics' Vote: 'Gravity,' 'Her' and the Ties That Bind

    The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. has seen more than a few tie victories in recent years: The very first time I voted, in 2006, there was a lead-actor split between Forest Whitaker and Sacha Baron Cohen. In 2010, we awarded best director to David Fincher...
  • Variety Critics Pick Their Oscar Nominees

    Film critics, we're often told, don't vote for the Oscars -- but if they did, here's what at least three of their nomination ballots might look like. We listed our top five choices for best director, actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, original/...
  • 'Short Term 12' explores trials of foster care-- naturally, honestly ★★★★

    'Short Term 12' explores trials of foster care-- naturally, honestly ★★★&#9733
    "Short Term 12" is a small wonder, a film of exceptional naturalness and empathy that takes material about troubled teenagers and young adults that could have been generic and turns it into something moving and intimate. "Short Term 12," named for the...
  • The Newsroom recap: “Election Night, Part 1″

     
    In “Election Night, Part 1,” the penultimate episode of Season 2 of HBO's The Newsroom, it is, indeed, election night 2012, the culmination of two largely wasted years of presidential campaigning, with Barack Obama soon to hand Mitt Romney his...
  • 'The Newsroom' recap: Will proposes to Mac; everyone stays put at ACN

    'The Newsroom' recap: Will proposes to Mac; everyone stays put at ACN
    “The Newsroom” Season 2 finale tied up so many loose ends, it looked like there wasn’t going to be a Season 3. But fortunately for fans of the HBO political drama, the show will return next year, Emmy nominee Jeff Daniels (who plays...
  • Interview: 'Short Term 12' star Brie Larson on the performance many see as award-worthy

    Interview: 'Short Term 12' star Brie Larson on the performance many see as award-worthy
    Some six months before the Oscars, nomination forecasters have already asked “Short Term 12” star Brie Larson if she’s picked out her dress. “I’ve already picked out my wedding dress,” the actress deadpans about the...
  • Film Review: 'Broadway Idiot'

    "What the fuck is he doing here?" asks hitherto well-behaved Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong as Donald Trump arrives for the opening night of "American Idiot," the Broadway hit improbably based on the punk-rock band's 2004 concept album of the...
  • Review: Punk rock and theater collide in 'Broadway Idiot'

    Review: Punk rock and theater collide in 'Broadway Idiot'
    A fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining if hardly trenchant show biz documentary, "Broadway Idiot" traces how Green Day's Grammy Award-winning concept album/rock opera "American Idiot" was turned into a "Rent"-like stage musical and brought to the Great...
  • Weinstein Co. acquires John Curran's 'Tracks' with Mia Wasikowska

    The Weinstein Co. has acquired the U.S. rights to John Curran's "Tracks," starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. The film had its world premiere Thursday at the Venice International Film Festival as part of the main competition and screened this...
  • For 'Short Term 12's' John Gallagher Jr., a longer-range plan

    For 'Short Term 12's' John Gallagher Jr., a longer-range plan
    NEW YORK — John Gallagher Jr. was at a media screening of his new movie "Short Term 12" a few weeks ago when a man came up to him with a critique of his series TV character, journalist Jim Harper of "The Newsroom." "You know, you're a terrible...