A mumblecore vet delivers a nuanced, touching performance that seems effortless but surely isn’t.
Hawkes’ skeletal, haunted mountain man, who starts out fearsome and becomes if not sympathetic then at least understandable, is an unforgettable presence in one of the year’s best indies.
If you can embrace a plot point that makes perfect sense to me but completely stymies lots of people, Mark Romanek’s adaptation of the Kazuo Ishiguro novel is heartbreaking and enormously powerful.
A brazen, tasteless comedy about bumbling Islamic jihadists-in-training boasts a good number of the funniest lines of the year.
By not taking a vampire movie seriously, voters miss out on the saddest eyes, and one of the most shattering characters, to be found at the movies this year.
Finely calibrating every pause and pan, Coppola has the nerve and skill to pull off an exacting, unblinking, and alternately confounding and mesmerizing art film about Hollywood.
Can’t we find room beside Pixar and DreamWorks for an animation legend, Bill Plympton, who funded his own qualifying run for a hand-drawn, striking, wordless gem of adult noir animation?
Co-star Miranda Richardson is a likely nominee with a far showier role – but in only two significant scenes, Pike is one of the truest, most moving presences in the film.
With her fearsome performance as a mom even scarier than Melissa Leo in “The Fighter,” Weaver demands: voters, watch this movie.
De Niro gained 60 pounds for “Raging Bull”: Oscar. Day-Lewis spent months in a wheelchair for “My Left Foot”: Oscar. Phoenix acted like a complete imbecile in public for a whole year for this faux doc: Well?
You certainly don’t need us to tell you that you should see “The Social Network,” but here are some other deserving accomplishments that might not be on your radar.