MoviefiedNYC’s 2014 Academy Awards Contest


In Honor of the 86th Annual Academy Awards, MoviefiedNYC invites you to celebrate this year’s awards by entering our very own Oscar contest. The participant who picks the most Oscar winners in each category will find themselves a winner of a Semi-Fabulous Prize made up of exciting movie swag and bragging rights. The sooner you enter the better. In case of a tie, the date of earliest entry serves as the tiebreaker.

Deadline to enter is 12:00 pm EST, Saturday, March 1, 2014.

So, come on! Scroll down and fill out the entry form below.

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Myrna & David

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MoviefiedNYC’s 10 Best Films of 2013!


At the end of every year hordes of entertainment writers remark on how surprised they were that it was a great year for films. We at MoviefiedNYC can say that we are, indeed, surprised at the crop of good films that came out in 2013. Keeping in mind that most of these films were released in the last quarter of the year, it was, actually, a great four months for film; the previous nine months were pretty dismal. Without further delay, here are Myrna’s and Dave’s Top 10 Films of 2013, and a few extra.

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Myrna Duarte’s 10 Best Films for 2013

1. Her  
Spike Jonze (writer-director) doesn’t simply direct, he innovates in this exploration of emotional connection. Her is an intoxicating and profoundly romantic science fiction drama that dares to be different, offering new insights into our dependence on technology, asking questions that there are no easy answers to.  Joaquin Phoenix (Theodore Twombly), who consistently impresses with the range of his performances (Walk the Line and The Master), swooning in the presence of his beloved OS (operating system), might seem laughable or heartbreaking were it not so sincere. The key to his character’s realism is that he learns to accept the other’s limitations—a difficult part of any relationship between two people, let alone a person and an OS. And the result is a freedom within himself.  Scarlett Johansson’s performance is, like that of a radio actress, entirely dependent upon the drama of her voice, with no help from an avatar to ground her in our minds. She creates a quickly-learning young person who, we discover, is capable of creating her own forms of emotional baggage, engaging in duplicity and withholding information similar to what Theodore experiences from his human counterparts. Unlike anything else you’ll see this year, Jonze is at the peak of his storytelling prowess.
2. The Wolf of Wall Street 

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is a jubilant exploration of the dark side of the America Dream (money, crime, narcotics, sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll). The Wolf of Wall Street forms a loose trilogy with Goodfellas and Casino, and, I dare say, this is Scorsese’s best in the last fifteen years. Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance as Jordan Belfort is unapologetic, fierce and in-your-face; he turns him into an incarnation of greed and arrogance. This is not a likable man. But dripping with some kind of intoxicating charisma, Belfort wants to confess all. DiCaprio’s ability at playing to the camera makes this descent into hell irresistible.

3. The Act of Killing 

The Act of Killing is a daring reinvention of the documentary form, as well as a mind-boggling demonstration of man’s infinite capacity for evil. Director Joshua Oppenheimer pulls off the impossible: he confronts great, incomprehensible evil and puts a human face on it; evil looks like a gentle grandfather. Anwar Congo is a fit, well-dressed man who would go unnoticed until he starts to speak about his past. Congo was one of the street thugs who became a death squad leader after the military overthrow of the Indonesian government in 1965. Anyone deemed problematic by the new regime (intellectuals, artists, ethnic Chinese) were immediately branded communists and marked for execution. According to the film, one million people were killed in the span of one year. But by focusing on Congo, the movie also serves as a reminder of our inherent sense of empathy. You can’t possibly forgive the man for what he’s done, but you can’t just dismiss him as a monster, either.

4. Inside Llewyn Davis 

Inside Llewyn Davis is set in the Greenwich Village folk music scene of 1961 with its protagonist Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac, who does his own singing and guitar playing). A gifted folk singer, he fully embodies the definition of ”struggling musician.” He’s a talented freeloader, crashing on his friends’ couches and living off the pass-around basket after gigs. Llewyn’s face is a picture of irritation and disappointment that only changes when he’s performing. Sulky and desperate, rarely pleasant company, Isaac turns in an impressive performance and makes it easy to feel the extent of his frustration. And when he sings, he sings in a voice that sounds like it needs to be heard. Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel has set the tone of Inside Llewyn Davis with a beautifully diffused color palette, giving it a melancholy feel, a wistful sadness, a lasting glance at Llewyn’s deep depression. You may not like Llewyn much, but you don’t laugh at him, either. The Coens take care of that for you, ending the movie with a bitter twist that suggests that Llewyn could have benefited from better luck and timing. Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the Coens’ more intimate movies (this one doesn’t have the mass market appeal of No Country For Old Men), but like Llewyn’s music, it comes from the heart and is deeply felt.

5. 12 Years a Slave 

Director Steve McQueen’s (Shame and Hunger) film is stylistically traditional, but its viewpoint is confrontational and uncompromising, as any ripped-from-the-headlines drama. This is not a sprawling Spielbergian tearjerker, nor is it an aloof, artsy undertaking. 12 Years a Slave does not waffle over the brutality of its subject matter. McQueen gives us a close-up look at what a prolonged bout of whipping does to the human body. More important, he also shows us the effect such violence has on the mind and soul, creating scars that endure for generations. 12 Years a Slave creates an honest, believable experience. The result can, at times, be estranging—Solomon is a tragic, achingly sympathetic figure; he is, at all times, a victim; he is no hero. Nonetheless, the snowballing emotional effect is devastating: the final scenes here are as angry, as memorable, as overwhelming as anything modern cinema has to offer—a film difficult to watch but impossible to turn away from.

6. Stories We Tell 

Stories We Tell is not only moving, but narrative wizardry. It is a ghostly journey through truth and fiction that will haunt you long after viewing. Director Sarah Polley (Take This Waltz and Away from Her) turns the camera on to herself and family to tell the relationship between her parents, Michael and Diane Polley, including the revelation that the filmmaker was the product of an extramarital affair. Polley incorporates interviews with her siblings from her mother’s two marriages, interviews with other relatives and family friends, Michael Polley’s narration of his memoir, and Super-8 footage shot to look like home movies of historical events in her family’s life. Stories We Tell is not only a beautiful film, but it leaves you contemplating the nature of documentaries, the heart of storytelling and the complicated relationship between them both.


7. A Hijacking 

A Hijacking is a riveting and realistic Danish thriller from writer-director Tobias Lindholm. Based on a true story, Lindholm takes us on a harrowing journey when a Danish freighter is taken captive by a band of Somali pirates on the Indian Ocean.  Now this storyline seems ripe for Hollywood blockbuster material—explosions, bigger than life heroes, and a score to punctuate everything with an exclamation point. But no. Lindholm goes in the completely opposite direction of that, giving us a slow-burning and intimate portrait of the hijacking victims’ psychological breakdown. 


8. Much Ado About Nothing 

Much Ado About Nothing looks suave and sophisticated. It is actually not something I would have expected from the mega-talented Joss Whedon ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers).  Shot in twelve days at Whedon’s (breathtaking) California home on a budget that would qualify as a coffee run on The Avengers, the film is a delightful, engaging version of one of the Bard’s most popular plays.  His cast, many with Whedon projects on their résumés, deliver very memorable performances:  Amy Acker as Beatrice  and Nathan Fillion as the inept constable Dogberry who steals every scene. Much Ado About Nothing relays the genuine enjoyment had during its filming; delectable itself is the opportunity to see Joss Whedon flex his creative muscles in the name of what must have been a labor of love.

9. Fruitvale Station 


Fruitvale Station, the impressive debut feature of twenty-seven-year-old writer-director Ryan Coogler, follows what should have been another ordinary day in the life of Oscar Grant (an extraordinary performance by Michael B. Jordan). As storytelling, it’s extremely compelling. Oscar’s fate is preordained; his every movement haunting;     his every brush, replete with extra meaning. Coogler’s self-assurance as a director makes the weight of the story bearable. Despite some imperfections, both Coogler and Jordan are both up to the task of bringing the last day of Oscar’s life to the big screen. By the time the fatal climax nears, the tension of anticipated sadness is crushing.

10. The World’s End 


I loved The World’s End’s tight dramatic structure and steady flow of good jokes that puts most mainstream American comedies to shame. Writer-director Edgar Wright’s film is the third and perhaps best in his wonderful trilogy of genre spoofs, known as The Cornetto Trilogy. Wright begins the trilogy with the zombie romantic comedy Shaun of the Dead (2004), followed by the buddy-cop action adventure Hot Fuzz (2007), and ends it with The World’s End, which might be classified as a sci-fi bromance. Gary King (Simon Pegg), the protagonist of the film, is the darkest Wright hero yet, a lonely alcoholic in his early forties who is still fixated on his youthful heyday as the hardest-partying kid in the village of Newton Haven. He impulsively plans to seek out his now-estranged childhood mates, although they are at present functioning adults with careers and families.  Peter (Eddie Marsan), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine) and Andrew (Nick Frost) (now a teetotaler), crankily consent to come along, and the five men set out to drink their way through the twelve pubs that make up the “Golden Mile.” But Newton Haven is being taken over by some sort of malevolent aliens, and it’s the boys’ job to: Save the world? Get the hell out of town? Or should they, as suggested by the charismatic but demented Gary, try to escape alien detection and achieve some ill-defined moral victory by sticking to their plan and finishing the Golden Mile? The World’s End makes a more than worthy conclusion to The Cornetto Trilogy—it also stands on its own as one of the sharpest, saddest and wisest comedies of the year.

Very honorable mentions:

James Franco – Spring Breakers

American Hustle – Amazing performances by the fantastic four.

Gravity – Mind blowing visuals.
Spring Breakers – FRANCO!
Dallas Buyers Club – McConaughey and Leto are brilliant.
The Grandmaster – Dazzling and profound.
The Bling Ring – Great looking and great soundtrack.
The Conjuring – A total scarefest.
Short Term Twelve – So much heart and humor.
Stoker – A very slow burn.

Pacific Rim – A fun blockbuster with an original script and diverse cast.

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1. Her 

Director Spike Jonze’s visual tone poem about love and longing in the near future inspires action: turn off that iPhone and be present. The outstanding direction and writing results in a unique film that is very much of its time—“Seri, do you love me?” Joaquin Phoenix is charming in his subtle and honest performance (the complete inverse of his character in The Master but equally effective). Scarlett Johansson’s performance, although unseen on screen, is more than just heard; her presence is felt as strongly as any leading role seen on screen this year.   

2. 12 Years a Slave


Unrelenting in its portrayal of the horrors of American slavery, yet at the same time visually stunning, director Steve McQueen presents lasting images of beauty: a field of flowers, a lingering close-up of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s face. McQueen holds these shots just shy of too long, yet long enough to let the viewer rest from the pain and momentarily reflect—a kind of negative space between the terror. Yes, it’s an in-your-face history lesson, but it’s not didactic. The film plays like Picasso’s Guernica; it’s both haunting and beautiful at the same time.


3.  Blue Is the Warmest Color

Director Abdellatif Kechiche’s frequent use of extreme close-ups creates an intimacy rarely felt in film. The screen is filled with the actresses’ faces, allowing the viewer to linger on every line, smile, emotion, running fluids—thereby bringing the audience in closer proximity to the lovers.  All of this along with intense performances by both Adèle Exarchoupolos and Léa Seydoux help create a movie that uniquely connects the audience with the characters in a way that is seldom experienced in most films.


4. The Wolf of Wall Street

Director Martin Scorsese is back to form in this manic, cocaine-induced ride through Jordan Belfort’s rise to mega-wealth, sudden fall, and unfortunate rise again.  Leonardo DiCaprio turns in a tour de force performance. Style-wise, Scorsese has thrown everything including the kitchen sink into this bleak comedy: narration, flashbacks, breaking the fourth wall, sex, drugs, improvisation—excess, excess, excess—and some unfortunately clunky editing. If for no other reason, this film is in my top ten because of the instant classic “Quaalude-cerebral-palsy” scene between DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. Let’s just hope tomorrow’s Ivy League MBA grads don’t make an idol out of Belfort as they did of Gordon Gekko.  


5. Before Midnight

Céline and Jesse are back in this voyeuristic trip into the couple’s own midlife doubts and fears. The very loquacious movie gets things rolling eighteen minutes in with the question of their possible split. Two minutes later, as they do some routine grocery shopping, it’s clear that Jesse and Céline will be fine. Yet, you want to stick around for the next one hour and twenty-eight minutes, just because they are so engaging; and the scenes are so beautifully shot. 


6. Inside Llewin Davis

Despite the selfishly irritating title character, Llewin Davis (subtly and truthfully played by Oscar Isaac), I found myself totally enwrapped by the look of the film. The cinematography and art direction are transportive. With its glowing light, soft focus, and faded colors, the Coen brothers have created a captivating and melancholic treat for the eyes and ears. It’s a simple story that goes no further than full circle, allowing the viewer to simply ride along and live inside this slice of a musician’s life.

7. American Hustle
Everyone wants to be something other then themselves in David O. Russell’s energetically paced film. It’s complete with an engaging story, great costumes, and fantastic performances from all. Christian Bale, who unnecessarily adds a beer gut (is great acting measured by how much weight one gains or sheds?), turns in one of his best and most honest performances. The film made me jump onto the Jennifer Lawrence bandwagon. OK, now I get it. She’s freakin’ hilarious! Low-cut Amy Adams does some of her best work to date.

8. Wadjda

Wadjda is the first full-length film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and directed by a woman. This was miraculously accomplished in a country where women are forbidden to direct (or ride bikes). In the vein of DeSica’s The Bicycle Thieves, director Haifaa Al-Mansour has created a delicate film about a girl who simply wants to buy a green bicycle, but for each viewer (especially women) there’s so much more.  

9. Nebraska
With Nebraska’s nostalgic black-and-white look, restrained yet sharp-edged humor, its timeless theme of father-son relationships, the cast and crew have created a melancholy-comic portrait of Middle America that, like its lead actor, should prove to age gracefully.

10. Much Ado About Nothing
This pleasant little summer flick came as quite a surprise. It’s a Shakespeare comedy, directed by Josh Whedon, filmed in black and white, shot in only twelve days, and features a bunch of lesser-known actors (Amy Acker is outstanding). As I watched the credits roll I thought, Now, that was a perfect film.

David’s honorable mentions:

The Act of Killing – Shocking and innovative doc.
Stories We Tell – Proving we all have stories to tell.
A Hijacking – Somali pirates from the corporate perspective.
Short Term 12 – It was Brie Larson’s year.
Museum Hours – A meditation on life and Pieter Bruege.
The Great Beauty – La dolce vita!
Francis Ha – A clueless millennial in black and white NYC!
Nobody’s Daughter Haewon – Hong Sang-Soo journey into circular bewilderment.
Prince Avalanche – Well tempered drama/comedy with a dash of surrealism.
The Past – Asghar Farhadi’s multicultural separation drama!

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MoviefiedNYC’s Opening this Weekend – 12/20 & Wednesday 12/25

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


There is a chill in the air and holiday lights are twinkling everywhere. No one can believe it’s December already, especially the movie studios that have all their award contenders lining up one after the other for us to see this season, it’s now or never! We know that somewhere between shopping and holiday fun, you’re going to sneak in a movie or two—you can’t let Meryl, Scorsese, or Spike Jonze down, can you?  So, whether you choose to check out that indie you heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.

Happy Holidaze!
       – Myrna E. Duarte

December 20 

Walking with Dinosaurs 3D
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D chronicles the story of two young dinosaurs as they grow up, hoping to follow in their father’s footsteps, and become respected creatures of the prehistoric wild. A family friendly film with some cheesy voice-overs and some mainstream music to get the kids interested, but the grounded story and visuals could make this worth a trip to the theater for the whole family.

The Past MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated

Tahar Rahim, Bérénice Bejo and Ali Mosaffa, – The Past 

Last year, Asghar Farhadi’s film A Separation (a huge MoviefiedNYC favorite) won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, and now the director is back with The Past. The film follows an Iranian man (Ali Mosaffa) as he deserts his wife and children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife (Bérénice Bejo from The Artist) finds love with another man (Tahar Rahim from A Prophet), a reality her husband confronts upon his wife’s request for a divorce. This looks like it’s full of amazing performances and could be another Foreign Language Film winner. 




December 25 (Wednesday – Christmas)
47 Ronin (3D)
Keanu Reeves – 47 Ronin
47 Ronin has plenty of fantasy action, some solid special effects (with the exception of that Voldemort-looking villain), Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim) seems to be enjoying herself as a villain, and Keanu Reeves is doing his normal thing, but I can’t help but think that Universal mistakenly slotted this film for a Christmas time release, this feels more like January to me.

Grudge Match

Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone – Grudge Match

Grudge Match stars Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro as two old timer boxers (Rocky and Raging Bull, of course) who end up fighting each other one last time in a grudge match for the title. Grudge Match plays more like a mainstream comedy with supporting actors like Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin knocking out a few jokes throughout. 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty looks like what will be a gorgeous, endearing, emotional and visually stunning piece of work. Though it does come across a little sappy, this could be Ben Stiller’s first serious step towards Oscar consideration. 


The Wolf of Wall Street MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese’s latest film The Wolf of Wall Street stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey. The screenplay is written by Terence Winter (Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Brooklyn Rules, The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire), based on Jordan Belfort’s book of the same name. New York stockbroker named Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Maybe this will finally get some Oscar love for DiCaprio?

August: Osage County (Limited) MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated

Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor – August: Osage County

The film August: Osage County, (produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Harvey Weinstein) adapted from the play of the same name, hasn’t been getting praised left and right, the performances have been. What would you expect from a cast featuring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Margot Martindale, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Labor Day (LimitedMoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated

Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin – Labor Day 

Director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking and Juno) new drama Labor Day, is unlike anything he has done before. With a Christmas Day release this will certainly be an Oscar contender, Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin could both be looking at nominations for their performances. This looks like the quietest and most raw film Reitman has done so far, and show that he’s truly a force to be reckoned with on the big screen. 


Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones – The Invisible Woman

Nelly (Felicity Jones), a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes also the director) with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of invisibility. 


Justin Bieber – Justin Bieber Believe


A backstage and on-stage look at Justin Bieber during his rise to super stardom. Are you a Belieber?



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MoviefiedNYC’s Opening in December

The Wolf of Wall Street

There is a chill in the air and holiday lights are twinkling everywhere, no one can believe it is December already. Especially the movie studios that have all their award contenders lining up one after the other for us to see this season, it’s now or never! We know that somewhere between shopping and holiday fun, you are going to sneak in a movie or two, you can’t let Meryl, Scorsese or Spike Jonze down, can you?  So, whether you choose to check out that indie you heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.


Happy Holidazes!
        – Myrna E. Duarte

December 6 

Inside Llewyn Davis (Limited) MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated

Oscar Issac – Inside Llewyn Davis

A folk singer with a cat is at the center of the latest film from the Coen Brothers. Oscar Isaac stars as folk musician Llewyn Davis based on the story of Dave van Ronk. I am chronically in love with New York City, but I am really taken with how it looks in this film and as always I’m excited for anything Coen Brothers. 


The Last Days on Mars (Limited)

Last Days on Mars

Will they make it home!? Liev Schreiber leads the ensemble cast, which also features Elias Koteas and Olivia Williams. Last Days on Mars, a space-horror-sci-fi set on the red planet, has some strong competition to beat to garner some attention with some of the other incredible sci-fi we have seen this year from Europa Report to Gravity.

Commitment (South Korea)

Seung Hyun Choi – Commitment

The son of a North Korean spy decides to follow in his father’s footsteps to protect his little sister. Directed by Hong-soo Park it stars Seung Hyun Choi (T.O.P., South Korean rapper, singer, songwriter, model, and actor, best known as a lead rapper of the hip hop Korean boy band Big Bang), Ye-ri Han and Ho-bin Jeong. The Commitment’ premiered on November 6 in South Korea and took the number one spot in the box office with about 126,000 viewers on it’s first day.


White Reindeer

White Reindeer

After an unexpected tragedy, Suzanne (Anne Margret Hollyman) struggles to put her life back together during a sad, strange Christmastime in suburban Virginia. The film’s director Zach Clark, takes the holiday film formula uses it and then turns it inside out, all at the same time. Sounds like an interesting watch. 

December 13

The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug (3D) 

The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit, directed by Peter Jackson, is set in Middle-Earth 60 years before Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, was separated into three movies. The films, with screenplays by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, were shot consecutively in digital 3D. In this, the second installment, the dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their epic quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug.

American Hustle (NY and LA Only) MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated

Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremey Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle

Christian Bale stars along with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro, Jeremy Renner and Louis C.K. in a fictional take on the 1970s FBI sting operation known as Abscam directed by David O. Russell (Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook). This sounds like a wonderful way to spend a winter afternoon. 


Hours (Limited)

Paul Walker – Hours

The new indie drama Hours showcases, the recently deceased Paul Walker (Fast and the Furious franchise) as a man in a New Orleans hospital with his pregnant wife as she gives birth. But what should be a happy day turns out to be terrible as Hurricane Katrina begins devastating the hospital.


Saving Mr. Banks (Limited) MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks is the true story of how Walt Disney brought Mary Poppins to the big screen. Emma Thompson plays author P.L. Travers who is not very impressed with Los Angeles or Disney himself (Tom Hanks), and even less excited about handing over the rights to her beloved creation. This looks like a real crowd pleaser with a supporting cast that includes Bradley Whitford, Paul Giamatti and Jason Schwartzman alongside B.J. Novak as the composing Sherman Brothers. Perfect holiday fare. 


Stanley Tucci and Alive Eve – Some Velvet Morning
Writer-director Neil LaBute (The Shape of Things, The Wicker Man and Lakeview Terrace) seems to be getting back to his theater roots. Some Velvet Morning follows Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada, The Hunger Games) and Alive Eve (She’s Out of My League, Star Trek Into Darkness) on a sexually tense game of cat and mouse after being estranged for four years. This all looks very compelling, and seems to take place during a confined time-frame and place. Maybe we will see it on Broadway someday?


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December 18 (Wednesday)

Her (NY and LA Only) MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated

Joaquin Phoenix – Her

Spike Jonze’s Her, stars Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara and Amy Adams in one of the first of many movies exploring the idea of love or a relationship with a digital entity (Transcendence, The Zero Theorem, Ex Machina will be coming up) and it also appears to have a lighter and sweeter touch, without the zany comedy angle. Phoenix plays a man in the near future who falls in love with his computer, Samantha, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. I love Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Where the Wild Things Are) films and this seems to be a change of pace and I’m totally into it.


Anchorman:The Legend Continues

Anchorman: The Legend Continues

Written and directed by Adam McKay, the man behind the original 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers. San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk. Also back are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy…while taking New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. This one actually looks funnier than the original and I also feel I need to mention that I don’t remember any actor working any harder than Will Ferrell has to promote this film.


December 20 

Walking with Dinosaurs 3D
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D chronicles the story of two young dinosaurs as they grow up, hoping to follow in their father’s footsteps, and become respected creatures of the prehistoric wild. A family friendly film with some cheesy voice-overs and some mainstream music to get the kids interested, but the grounded story and visuals could make this worth a trip to the theater for the whole family.

The Past MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated

Tahar Rahim, Bérénice Bejo and Ali Mosaffa, – The Past 

Last year, Asghar Farhadi’s film A Separation (a huge MoviefiedNYC favorite) won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, and now the director is back with The Past. The film follows an Iranian man (Ali Mosaffa) as he deserts his wife and children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife (Bérénice Bejo from The Artist) finds love with another man (Tahar Rahim from A Prophet), a reality her husband confronts upon his wife’s request for a divorce. This looks like it’s full of amazing performances and could be another Foreign Language Film winner. 

December 25 (Wednesday – Christmas)

47 Ronin (3D)
Keanu Reeves – 47 Ronin
47 Ronin has plenty of fantasy action, some solid special effects (with the exception of that Voldemort-looking villain), Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim) seems to be enjoying herself as a villain, and Keanu Reeves is doing his normal thing, but I can’t help but think that Universal mistakenly slotted this film for a Christmas time release, this feels more like January to me.

Grudge Match

Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone – Grudge Match

Grudge Match stars Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro as two old timer boxers (Rocky and Raging Bull, of course) who end up fighting each other one last time in a grudge match for the title. Grudge Match plays more like a mainstream comedy with supporting actors like Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin knocking out a few jokes throughout. 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty looks like what will be a gorgeous, endearing, emotional and visually stunning piece of work. Though it does come across a little sappy, this could be Ben Stiller’s first serious step towards Oscar consideration. 


The Wolf of Wall Street 
MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street

Martin Scorsese’s latest film The Wolf of Wall Street stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey. The screenplay is written by Terence Winter (Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Brooklyn Rules, The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire), based on Jordan Belfort’s book of the same name. New York stockbroker named Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Maybe this will finally get some Oscar love for DiCaprio?

August: Osage County (Limited) MoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated

Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor – August: Osage County

The film August: Osage County, (produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Harvey Weinstein) adapted from the play of the same name, hasn’t been getting praised left and right, the performances have been. What would you expect from a cast featuring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Margot Martindale, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Labor Day (LimitedMoviefiedNYC’s Most Anticipated

Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin – Labor Day 

Director Jason Reitman’s (Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking and Juno) new drama Labor Day, is unlike anything he has done before. With a Christmas Day release this will certainly be an Oscar contender, Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin could both be looking at nominations for their performances. This looks like the quietest and most raw film Reitman has done so far, and show that he’s truly a force to be reckoned with on the big screen.


Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones – The Invisible Woman

Nelly (Felicity Jones), a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, take us back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes also the director) with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens’ passion and his muse, for both of them secrecy is the price, and for Nelly a life of invisibility. 


Justin Bieber – Justin Bieber Believe


A backstage and on-stage look at Justin Bieber during his rise to super stardom. Are you a Belieber?

December 27

Lone Survivor (Limited) 

Taylor Kstch, Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch – Lone Survivor

Peter Berg’s (Battleship, Hancock)Navy SEAL drama is based on Marcus Luttrell’s book Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10, on the brotherhood of a group of soldiers played by Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Taylor Kistch, and the danger these guys encountered in Afghanistan, and some intense military action (which Luttrell himself consulted on).

One Chance (Limited)

James Corden – One Chance
Since the beginning of reality TV competitions, there have been plenty of stories of average people rising to fame overnight. One Chance is the story of Paul Potts, a shop singer turned world famous opera singer who made waves after Simon Cowell picked him for Britain’s Got Talent. Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) with James Corden (Gavin & Stacey) taking the lead role with Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley from Harry Potter) and Colm Meaney (Con-Air, Get Him to the Greek) looks like it could be a cute little story, especially for those who don’t know Potts’ story. 


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