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Sequels are awesome, plain and simple. Returning to familiar characters and worlds we love is like covering yourself with a warm blanket, although when a sequel is bad it can be like a blanket covered in potato bugs and lice. Studios love sequels because seven times out of ten they open huge, no matter how good they are. Get More »
If you ask a real spook, most mainstream spy movies range from the ludicrous to the eerily realistic.
Or at least, that's what American intelligence veterans told us at the International Spy Museum recently. According to them, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" (now out on DVD) falls squarely in the middle: Most of the gadgets -- even those that fail -- are more fact than fiction, and the quick-witted way the team works together gets a thumbs up; but the Kremlin exploding and the climbing of the Burj Khalifa is pure fantasy. After some discussion, it seemed there was one spy film that all of them could agree was tops: "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," based on John le Carré's best-selling novel.
As for what doesn't work: any movie that focuses on graphic, widespread violence, maniacal agents or drop-dead-gorgeous vixens. "I've always been upset that most spy movies show spies as deranged assassins out there trying to off the American public!" said Jonna Mendez, former Chief of Disguise, aka "a real-life Q."
Here are five spy movies that the real-life spies found worth watching. Get More »
This week: Rooney Mara deservedly earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of gothic computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's English-language remake of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," which co-stars a very un-Bondlike Daniel Craig.
Also new is Kermit's comeback in "The Muppets," Jonah Hill in the comedy "The Sitter," Gary Oldman in the spy thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," and the Blu-ray debut of the violent Japanese phenomenon "Battle Royale." Get More »
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Oscar Predictions 2012: Who Will Win?
This poll will close at 1 p.m. on February 22, 2012.
Sometimes we have a hard time following the dramatic plot twists and turns in "Jersey Shore." Did Mike and Snooki smush or what? Is there any guy in the house Ryder hasn't smushed? Why is Vinny having an existential crisis again?
It seems with every answer comes another question, which is why the powers-that-be write weekly recaps so we can all stay up-to-date — and that recap just got a whole lot better, because Oscar-nominee Gary Oldman is reading it. Get More »
Not so much a "words" person as a "pictures" person? Want to see what Glenn Close looks like as a man? Need to find out who this Demián Bichir fellow (nominated as Best Actor for "A Better Life") actually is? Get your eyes and your clicking finger ready and browse through our gallery of 2012's Oscar-nominated movies and actors.
More on the 2012 Academy Awards Nominations:
- Oscar Nominations Announced
- Complete List of Oscar Nominees
- Shockers from the 2012 Oscar Nominations
- Why Does Oscar Hate Harry Potter?
It's Academy Award Nominations Day, which means for every sure-thing nominee to applaud (go George Clooney!) or fan fave who squeaks in (woo hoo Melissa McCarthy!), there's a snub to bemoan (where's Albert Brooks?) or a huge surprise to marvel at (who's Demian Bichir?), and this year's list of Oscar hopefuls contains several shockers.
Before we start a month of predictions and odds-making, let's take a moment to point out the many ways the Academy missed the mark or pleasantly surprised us with their picks. Get More »
It looks like there's no stopping "The Artist."
The black & white silent film that scored big at both the Golden Globes and the Critics' Choice Awards this past week has apparently also charmed the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. "The Artist" scored a dozen BAFTA Film Awards nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Original Screenplay, Leading Actor and Leading Actress. Get More »
It was the year Harry Potter ended, the Muppets returned, Ryan Gosling drove, Apes rose, Matt Damon bought a zoo, and a bunch of raunchy Bridesmaids made us pee our pants (or wedding dresses) laughing.
Yeah, we're pretty happy with you, 2011 movies.
As for counting down the best of the best, we're happy/relieved to report that coming to an in-house consensus was pretty easy, and entirely non-violent. And our number one pick? Even easier to decide. Get More »
It's not easy making a great movie, but you know what's even harder? Making a great trailer. After all, in a trailer you have just two short minutes to make your movie look cool. And since it's going to be showing right smack in the middle of a bunch of other trailers -- for an audience that probably just wants the feature to start -- it has to have enough style and punch to stand out from the pack, grab your attention and keep it.
Frankly, most trailers fail. Which is why we want to take a moment to celebrate those trailers that got it right and got our blood pumping this year. Of course, when you have a great trailer it can be hard to live up to the hype, so it's an ironic fact that some of these movies weren't nearly as good as the trailers themselves. But for two glorious minutes, anyway, these 10 trailers got us excited to head to the theater and be movie fans again. And that's what it's all about. Get More »