Filmmaking siblings Joel and Ethan Coen ("Fargo," "No Country for Old Men") again earned wide acclaim for their portrait of a fictional early-1960s folk singer, superbly played by Oscar Isaac.
While he may lack social graces, Llewyn Davis has undeniable talent, which he tries to parlay into stardom as he encounters a variety of people during a weeklong odyssey. John Goodman gives an especially colorful performance in a cast that also includes Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, F. Murray Abraham and Garrett Hedlund. DVD extra: "making-of" documentary. *** (R: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)read more »
A youngster in World War II-era Germany is the title character in this acclaimed adaptation of Markus Zusak's novel, casting Sophie Nelisse as the girl who shares the books she's stolen with the Jewish refugee (Ben Schnetzer) being sheltered by her foster parents (Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson). read more »
In his follow-up to the Oscar-winning "Crazy Heart," director and co-writer Scott Cooper again enlists an impressive cast in a story of people living on the fringes. read more »
It's rare that Sylvester Stallone writes a movie he also didn't have some other hand in, but that's the case with his screenplay - based on a Chuck Logan novel - for this familiar but effective melodrama. read more »
After it fared well in ratings and awards with its acquisition of the miniseries "The Kennedys," the channel Reelz carried its association with the subject into this documentary, which - along with an accompanying book - initially marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. read more »
From the title, it's a pretty good bet you won't confuse this with a Jane Austen story. That's also confirmed by the presence of action staple Dolph Lundgren, playing a criminal with a vendetta against a war veteran (Cung Le). read more »
The true story of Solomon Northup - a free man in the North who was kidnapped and became enslaved in the South - is told in director Steve McQueen's superb telling of Northup's own book, which resulted in an Oscar win for best picture. Chiwetel Ejiofor is deeply moving as Northup, and the film put co-star Lupita Nyong'o on the fast track to her own Academy Award for her wrenching portrayal of another slave. read more »
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