The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) (2013)
Plays at times like a more conventional, less daring version of 1972’s
...On its own merits, Sorrentino’s film ain’t half-bad, but it’s no Fellini picture.
Out of the Furnace (2013)
This material...isn't deceptively simple: it's just simple.
Though Coogan's the avowed funnyman, twinkly-eyed Dench makes beautiful comic music with him...and though Dame Judi's the classically trained tragedian, Coogan holds his own when matters get serious.
If you can grin and bear [certain] eye-rolling situations...there's found poetry in
's slow builds of respect and its deeply understated emotional climax: a father and son crossing past each other as they switch places.
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (2013)
A culminative reflection on the reboot's characterization of the Doctor, a respectful hat tip to the decades that preceded the show's return to the airwaves in 2005, and a jumping-off point for...the next fifty years of
The Book Thief (2013)
This craven refusal to risk offense demonstrates the length to which the film is willing to go for truth: not very far at all.
Delivery Man (2013)
Benefits from the estimable comic instincts of Vince Vaughn. It's just too bad that the movie around him is squishy.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
A competent sequel...
The Hunger Games
could be fairly accused of being what it satirizes, but it's not without a thought in its deadly little head.
Frances Ha (2013)
Brims with funny ideas both verbal and visual that are finely tuned by Baumbach and his cast, and sharply edited...
Makes an epic impact, fully exploiting cinema to chase the intensity of a live musical while also allowing time for intimate expression of character.
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
Tease[s] out the provocative and liberating properties of art. Add extraordinary, emotionally generous performances, and
Blue Is the Warmest Color
grasps enough moments of truth to justify its extensive reach.
The Armstrong Lie (2013)
Gibney frames his film as being somewhat catch as catch can, and it is...educates about the details of doping, the 'moral relativism' so pervasive in the age of juiced athletics, and the willful ignorance that attends it.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Classic 'Oscar bait,' and falls into some of the common traps of exploiting a true story. But it's also lively, funny, and scary...
Robot Chicken: Season 6 (2012)
Say what you will about stop-motion sketch-comedy show
, but there's nothing else like it on television.
Doctor Who: Complete Series 1-7 Limited Edition Blu-ray Giftset (2005)
It's Christmas morning for Whovians with the release of the entire rebooted
series in 1080p high-definition on Blu-ray.
Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series (2010)
[A] family-friendly science-fiction series redefined for the new millenium by an especially grand, generous spirit to its storytelling.
Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series (2011)
The Doctor dead? Not on your life.
Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series (2012)
In the penultimate batch of episodes before
's jubilee year, executive producer Steven Moffat continues to marvel with his ability to keep the time-and-space-travelling Doctor in ever-so-complicated trouble.
Doctor Who: The Complete First Series (2005)
Thundered back onto the BBC in a manner that honored the series' canon while also injecting new energy and reestablishing a show previously aimed primarily at children as one sophisticated enough that adult geeks could love it unabashedly.
Doctor Who: The Complete Specials (2009)
Davies, and especially Tennant, made
more catchy than campy...
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Geoffrey Rush, Sophie Nelisse, & Brian Percival—
The Book Thief
[Rush:] Hans has a kind of natural emotional intelligence for he senses a spark of life and isn’t going to engage in therapy like 'Are you feeling grief?'. He’d rather play the accordion and say 'I understand something about you.'
Bruce Dern & Will Forte—
[Dern:] A couple years ago, I got tired of performing. And I just wanted to be human beings in movies from now on. I want to be real people. I don’t want to perform. I want...an hour and forty-five minutes of moment-to-moment behavior.
Dallas Buyers Club
Staying in character—it was just an obvious thing. For me, there were so many physical attributes. So many emotional things to keep track of. I couldn’t imagine, like, letting go of all that.
All is Lost
The sort of ability to put total and complete trust in a bunch of young yahoos for a guy who’s accomplished as much as [Redford] has was kind of shocking—that he makes decisions to kind of expose himself.
12 Years a Slave
The point of change, I think, for Solomon that makes him very distinctive and distinct from a lot of people and a lot of us...is that he recognizes that he is actually in a fight for his mind.
12 Years a Slave
It wasn’t until she became of sexual interest to Master Epps that she was sent out into the field...that spoke of a woman who had kind of the Stockholm syndrome where you’re traumatically bonded to the people who cause you the most harm.
Even the best movies...are not as rich and nuanced as detailed as real life or an actual human being. And so to compare your real life, or your partner or lover or whoever to a character in a movie, you're setting yourself up for disappointment.
For me, if you want to make a film about Saudi Arabia, there is no way you can escape religion; it's a big part of people's lives, whether they are religious or not...people find themselves in situations where they position themselves next to religion...
Brie Larson & Destin Cretton—
Short Term 12
[Larson:] One of the interesting things that I learned was that sometimes loving someone or showing love doesn't always mean that you have to give in. Sometimes you have to be hard and kind of get them to toe the line a little bit.
Billy Bob Thornton—
Jayne Mansfield's Car
My father wasn’t the greatest guy in the world, to me. And his treatment of me wasn’t that great. Some of this stuff is directly taken from me and my father. And my father actually took me to see Jayne Mansfield’s car...
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