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Alison Willmore

Jon Lovitz Bets on “Casino Jack” (photo)

Jon Lovitz Bets on “Casino Jack”

It’s not unusual to hear that Jon Lovitz is the funniest part of a movie. It’s more so to discover that that movie isn’t a traditional comedy — it’s “Casino Jack,” George Hickenlooper’s caper-like take on the downfall of Jack Abramoff and the director’s last before his death in October at age 47. Lovitz plays […]

Something’s Got a Hold on Me, And I Don’t Know What: “Somewhere,” Reviewed (photo)

Something’s Got a Hold on Me, And I Don’t Know What: “Somewhere,” Reviewed

As we left our screening of “Somewhere,” a colleague observed that he’d never been to the Chateau Marmont, where much of the movie is set, but that he “couldn’t believe how crappy it looked.” I’ve never been there either, and while I’m not sure that that’s the description I’d choose, as it’s sketched out in […]

Jafar Panahi Given a Six-Year Jail Sentence (photo)

Jafar Panahi Given a Six-Year Jail Sentence

Jafar Panahi, of “The White Balloon,” “Crimson Gold” and “Offside,” is one of major Iranian filmmakers — though his films are banned in Iran, and his support of the Iranian Green Movement has made him a persecuted figure in his own country. Last year he was arrested and temporarily jailed for his participation in a […]

Celebrating The Movies of 2010, Part 1 (photo)

Celebrating The Movies of 2010, Part 1

We’re already offered our picks for the best films of 2010. But what about the best final shot of a film this year? The most unfairly maligned movie? The greatest fight scene? In the first of a two-part episode, we look at some of our favorite scenes, moments, performances and images from the year in […]

Watch Don Hertzfeldt’s New Film “Wisdom Teeth” (photo)

Watch Don Hertzfeldt’s New Film “Wisdom Teeth”

Animator Don Hertzfeldt, that Oscar-nominated maestro of stick figures, has a new short that’s part of a Showtime program called “Short Stories.” The short’s called “Wisdom Teeth,” it had its premiere at Sundance last year, it’s in a fake Scandinavianish language and features gruesome stick figure-on-stick figure violence. You can watch it below.

The Ghost of Miramax Will Go On In Unnecessary Sequels (photo)

The Ghost of Miramax Will Go On In Unnecessary Sequels

Back in January, Miramax closed up shop, prompted many to muse over its marking the end of an era. And an announcement this morning of a deal made involving the company’s library of films suggests we’re moving on to a new era. A lamer era. The Weinstein Company has reached an agreement in which they’ll […]

The Best Films of 2010 (photo)

The Best Films of 2010

Alison Willmore: If 2010 has been the year of the fuzzy line between fact and fiction, it’s also been the year in which the truth became subjective and, often, incidental. These past 12 months saw the arrival of the avowed documentary many suspect is staged “Catfish,” and the admitted staged film that pretended to be […]

Trailering: Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” (photo)

Trailering: Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life”

“The Tree of Life”! “The Tree of Life”! “The Tree of Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife”! That is all. Well, okay. The trailer for Terrence Malick’s long, long-awaited new film — starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain — has finally officially hit the web. You can watch it below, but I’d recommend checking it out in HD […]

Miranda July’s New Film Added to Sundance (photo)

Miranda July’s New Film Added to Sundance

Miranda July’s debut film “Me and You and Everyone We Know” made a splash at Sundance five years ago — Roger Ebert stumbled into it on a whim and came out declaring it the best film at the festival. And now her second feature, entitled “The Future,” will be making its premiere in Park City […]

Julian Assange and Michael Moore (photo)

Julian Assange and Michael Moore

Julian Assange has been granted bail, pending an appeal filed by the Swedish authority, with a little help from Michael Moore. The documentarian posted a note on his website this morning entitled “Why I’m Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange,” attesting to his support for the WikiLeaks editor in chief and his commitment of $20,000 […]