Widows: Director Steve McQueen and his Perfect Cast

How to describe Widows? Call it a heist caper with a social conscience, or a violent thriller with a feminist bent, or an ensemble-driven feature in which every part is perfectly cast.

Oscar 2019: Best Supporting Actor–Predictions

Frontrunners Mahershala Ali, Green Book Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me? Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns (not seen yet)   Strong Contenders Steve Carell, Vice (not seen yet) Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther Daniel Kaluuya, Widows Sam Rockwell, Vice (not […]

Oscar 2019: Best Actor–Predictions–Dozen Peformances to Watch

Once again, the Best Actor race is dominated by men appearing in biopics. The frontrunner are:

Oscar 2019: Best Director–Predictions

This year’s class of Best Directors should be more diverse than the usual, containing perhaps two black directors, and one Mexican (Cuaron), who shot his film in Spanish. With one exception, the prospects for women are not that good–again.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? Melissa McCarthy as Feisty Author-Criminal Lee Israel in Oscar-Caliber Performance

To have a movie featuring a woman who is complicated, who is a difficult person, who commits crimes, yet who is also feisty, smart, clever and ambitious, is exciting.