On a day marked by famed film critic Armond White’s annually hilarious Better-Than list, one of White’s many adversaries in the critical world was laid off. The Village Voice let go of long-time film reviewer J. Hoberman, who had been writing for the alt-weekly since 1983.
Hoberman, who started writing for the paper in 1983 and was promoted to head film critic in 1988, was not stunned by the… Continue reading J. Hoberman Laid Off: Village Voice Film Critic Let Go After More Than 20 Years
From the files of you probably don’t care that much: venerable New Yorker film critic David Denby has written a review of ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ which will publish in the print edition of The New Yorker on Monday, a full eight days ahead of the embargo date on reviews set by Sony. Said Sony in an email to critics on early Sunday morning… Continue reading 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' New Yorker Review: Critic Breaks Embargo, Angers Studio (UPDATE)
The New York Film Critics Circle handed out some awards on Tuesday. Well, not “handed out,” per se, (they’ll do that at a ceremony next year), but they did announce the winners. What does this all mean? Are today’s winners really the odds-on favorites for Oscar glory? If the recent trends of the correlation between NYFCC winners and Academy Award winners are a barometer, the answer… Continue reading What the New York Film Critic Circle Awards Mean for the Oscars
From left: The X Factor judges L.A. Reid, Nicole Scherzinger, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell
The X Factor arrived on Fox Wednesday night like a bumblebee alighting on a pussy willow.
The bumblebee was the size of a food truck.
The much-hyped, heavily anticipated singing competition, which first began in England, was exactly what the… Continue reading PEOPLE's TV Critic Assesses The X Factor
In Hollywood, it is rare surprise to see a majority of film critics get together to gush over ANY film, much less a sci-fi monster thriller, even if it is directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg.