*J.C. Chandor’s awards season nonstarter A Most Violent Year is smarter and slyer and more carefully crafted than a lot of the obsequious crap that actually received nominations.
*Mike Leigh’s gorgeous and unconventional biopic Mr. Turner features a career-defining performance from longtime Leigh favorite Timothy Spall.
*My American Sniper review was reprinted in last week’s Colorado Springs Independent.
*FOX News scumbags aside, American Sniper is still a complex, conflicted, and profoundly moving film.
*Jennifer Aniston goes awards-grubbing in the facile indie Cake, and sticks us with this indigestible slice of grief porn.