These scenes began flashing through my mind just as the Screen Actors Guild Awards began announcing nominations for performance by a cast in a motion picture:
The comely mistress of the manor is hot and bothered, the homely cook is cool and collected, and the dashing valet is desired by both. In "Miss Julie," an Irish period piece of class divides, sexual politics and power games, things will end badly, one suspects, though the denouement still shocks.
"Wild" opens high atop the Pacific Crest Trail, where at first all the eye can see is the sweeping beauty of a rugged land, unmarred and untamed. The scene is breathtaking, serene, until it is broken by pain and pierced by a scream.
Ben Affleck has played virtually every style of loser lug on-screen, each lug better than the last.
"The Babadook" is a smart, darkly drawn modern-day horror movie of monsters, memories and mothers.
It's simplistic to think of "The Theory of Everything," which traces many years of Stephen Hawking's life, as one of those typical scratch-the-surface movies about the man. To be sure, Hawking's ground-breaking work in theoretical physics and the origins of the universe, as well as his refusal...
It's hard to go wrong with penguins.
In the sexually inappropriate and politically incorrect "Horrible Bosses 2," the bumbling workplace underdogs played by Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day are about to try their hand at being in charge. And at times, they are horribly funny.