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What to watch on IFC tonight: Batman, Batman and more Batman

Article: What to watch on IFC tonight: Batman, Batman and more Batman

Spend the night arguing about whether Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer or George Clooney was the best Batman when we show back-to-back- Batman movies. We’re kicking things off with George Clooney suiting up to play Gotham’s Dark Knight in Joel Shumacher’s take on “Batman & Robin” at 5:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. CT. Batman faces off against…

Highlights of the “O Brother Where Art Thou” Soundtrack

Article: Highlights of the “O Brother Where Art Thou” Soundtrack

“O Brother Where Art Thou?” is one of the Coen Brothers’ most crowd-pleasing films, but it’s not just for the creative re-imagining of Homer’s “The Odyssey” as a Depression-era Southern fable starring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson as escaped convicts. It’s also for what happened after the cons on the run manage…

What to watch on IFC tonight: The Coen Brothers’ “O Brother Where Art Thou”

Article: What to watch on IFC tonight: The Coen Brothers’ “O Brother Where Art Thou”

Only Joel and Ethan Coen could reimagine Homer’s “The Odyssey” as a Depression-era Southern fable starring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson as escaped convicts. The jailbirds bust out of prison and embark on a voyage that made Ulysses’ trip look like a walk in the park on a sunny day. The film…

Five favorite George Clooney roles

Article: Five favorite George Clooney roles

Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn” airs on IFC tonight at 8/7c. It’s one of our favorite movies Desperado brothers (George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino) kidnap a preacher (Harvey Keitel) and his kids (what’s up, Juliette Lewis), commandeer their RV and high tail it to a Mexican strip joint. Unfortunately, once the sun goes down, the…

Bullet Vision: Watch “From Dusk Till Dawn” tonight

Article: Bullet Vision: Watch “From Dusk Till Dawn” tonight

This week Bullet in the Face is hitting our air with a bullet. Last night the first three episodes of Alan Spencer’s action-packed, brutally funny new series aired. Tonight, the two-night Bullet in the Face event concludes with the viciously hilarious final three episodes. All this week we’ve been making the mini-series feel right at…

The top ten bar fights in movies (with video)

Article: The top ten bar fights in movies (with video)

Sometimes a situation can’t be handled by anything other than what a young man named Alex once described as a “bit of the old ultra-violence.” Grab a bottle and break it over the head of our list of great cinematic bar brawls. “Mean Streets” (1973) This early mini-classic from a young New Yorker by the…

The 2012 Golden Globe nominees

Article: The 2012 Golden Globe nominees

The Golden Globes are to the Academy Awards what AAA baseball is to the major leagues, or what the Nationwide Series is to the Sprint Cup, or what the Golden Globes are to the Academy Awards: an important stepping stone on the way to the big time. They’re also a good show for watching movie…

Countdown to Top Ten 2K11: “The Descendants”

Article: Countdown to Top Ten 2K11: “The Descendants”

Countdown to Top Ten 2K11 is a column with one simple goal: to help you decide what films you need to see before making your end of the year top ten list. Each installment features my thoughts on a critically acclaimed 2011 movie, a sampling of other critics’ reactions, the odds of the film making…

National Board of Review names “Hugo” best film of 2011

Article: National Board of Review names “Hugo” best film of 2011

Basically when it comes to this year’s awards season, if you ain’t about old movies, you ain’t nothing. Earlier in the week, The New York Film Critics Circle named the silent film homage “The Artist” their Best Film of 2011. Today, the National Board of Review chose the silent film homage “Hugo” as their Best…

Steven Soderbergh leaves “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

Article: Steven Soderbergh leaves “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

As he’s repeatedly reminded us, Steven Soderbergh is inching closer and closer to the end of his career as a director. We’d been told that he planned to retire after four more movies: the action-thriller “Haywire” (opening January 20), a Channing Tatum male stripper movie called “Magic Mike,” the big-screen adaptation of the cult television…

Ryan Gosling weighing early retirement from acting

Article: Ryan Gosling weighing early retirement from acting

He may be tearing up the screen in “Drive,” easily one of the coolest action movies of the year. And he may be about to dive into the Oscar race with the buzzy prestige picture “The Ides of March,” directed and co-starring George Clooney. But even as his already impressive career is hitting another high…

Five signature Steven Soderbergh scenes

Article: Five signature Steven Soderbergh scenes

Tomorrow, if your germaphobia can handle it, you can go check out the latest movie from director Steven Soderbergh, the disease/disaster thriller “Contagion.” It’s definitely his latest; it may also be one of his last, since rumors about his potential retirement have been swirling since last December (this week, he started calling it “a sabbatical”).…

What to Watch on IFC: October 4-October 10

Article: What to Watch on IFC: October 4-October 10

Fall is here, the weather is getting a serious nip in the air, and the rain is getting biblical. If by “biblical” you mean, Seattle like. October has some treats and some tricks. We started Indie Screams, showing your favorite horror films through out the month of August. In conjunction with it, we have an…

The Dark Backward: The Secret of George Clooney’s Success

Article: The Dark Backward: The Secret of George Clooney’s Success

You gotta wonder, in our pimply-faced, iCarly-ed, CGI-stoned, giant-fucking-robots-&-superheroes teenage CandyLand, where the millions of dollars “young adults” somehow obtain to spend on everything overrule the rest of us and Hollywood movies rarely get made if they do not beg for a pubertal audience, what the deal is with George Clooney. Just skill, intelligence, good…

“The American,” Reviewed

Article: “The American,” Reviewed

The melancholic killer, the hooker with a heart of gold, the sinister boss pulling strings from afar, the man of the cloth confidant — the deeper you get into “The American,” the second film from Dutch photographer-turned-director Anton Corbijn, the more it seems like a moving museum of movie archetypes than anything that quite finds…

What to Watch on IFC: August 30-September 5

Article: What to Watch on IFC: August 30-September 5

Monday When the local steel mill closes, two men with nothing to lose come up with a unique way to raise money …as well as more than a few eyebrows. The Full Monty was a major box-office hit both in England and the United States and was nominated for Academy Awards as Best Picture, Best…

Clooney going to court vs. the Mel Gibson tapes.

Article: Clooney going to court vs. the Mel Gibson tapes.

There was something refreshingly old-fashioned, in this week of Mel Gibson, in the sight of George Clooney arriving at a Milanese courtroom to a press corps cluster so big the judge had to get a bigger space to accommodate all the journalists and paparazzi. Clooney showed up in his usual natty style, offering 90 minutes…

Beauty is Truth, Movies are Fiction

Article: Beauty is Truth, Movies are Fiction

One of enduring pleasures of the movies is that they’re a place to gaze at people who are larger and more beautiful than real life. And while there’s always been artifice involved in maintaining that illusion, has technology — HD, digital effects, and, for that matter, more prevalent plastic surgery — changed the degree to…

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