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Film

 

Frank J. Avella’s
Film Column

2011—It’s a wrap!

Selecting my favorite films of 2011 proved easier than I had initially thought...(more)

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Announces the
2011 AWFJ EDA Awards

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2011 AWFJ EDA Awards. The winners will be announced on January 10, 2012...(more)

New York Film Critics Online
2011 Film Awards

At their twelfth annual awards meeting on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at the L.G.B.T. headquarters in New York's Greenwich Village, members of New York Film Critics Online voted awards in 15 categories...(more)

 

Film Reviews

  Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 21 Jump Street
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Michel Hazanavicius’s
The Artist

Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Ken Kwapis's Big Miracle
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  David Frankel's The Big Year
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Gabe Torres's Brake
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Dori Berinstein's
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Roman Polanski’s Carnage
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Angelina Maccarone’s
Charlotte Rampling: The Look
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Steven Soderbergh's Contagion
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Baltasar Kormákur's Contraband
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Glenn Ficarra, John Requa's
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Terence Davies's The Deep Blue Sea
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Alexander Payne’s The Descendants
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Tony Kaye's Detachment
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Charles Martin Smith's Dolphin Tale
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Michael Brandt's The Double
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Stephen Daldry's
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy's
The Fairy (La Fée)
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  George Clooney's The Ides of March
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Martin Scorsese’s Hugo
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Werner Herzog's Into The Abyss
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne's
The Kid With a Bike (Le gamin au vèlo)
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady
Reviewed by Harvey Karten

  Drake Doremus’s Like Crazy
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Asger Leth's Man On Ledge
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  J.C. Chandor's Margin Call
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Lars von Trier’s Melancholia
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Bennett Miller's Moneyball
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Susan Seidelman's Musical Chairs
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Simon Curtis’s My Week With Marilyn
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Daniel Espinosa's Safe House
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Lasse Hallström's
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Gianni Di Gregorio’s
The Salt of Life (Gianni e le donne)

Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Gianni Di Gregorio's
The Salt of Life (Gianni e le donne)

Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Hiromasa Yonebayashi's
(English version by Gary Rydstrom)
The Secret World of Arrietty
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Roger Donaldson's Seeking Justice
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Steve McQueen's Shame
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Steve McQueen's Shame
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  Brady Kiernan’s Stuck Between Stations
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Jill Sprecher's Thin Ice
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  McG’s This Means War
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Michael Knowles's The Trouble With Bliss
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
 

DVD/BLU-RAY Reviews

  Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Marc Webb’s (500) Days of Summer
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

  David Michôd's Animal Kingdom
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  HBO's Big Love: The Complete Third Season
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  HBO’s Big Love: The Complete Fourth Season
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  HBO’s
Bill Maher: …But I’m Not Wrong

Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  HBO's Bored to Death: The Complete First Season
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
 


Robert Altman’s Brewster McCloud
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

 

  Pedro Almodóvar's
Broken Embraces (Los abrazos rotos)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Steven Antin’s Burlesque
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Laurent Cantet’s The Class
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Dallas: The Complete Fourteenth Season
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Damages - Season Two
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Dark Blue: Season One
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Marco Filiberti’s
David’s Birthday (Il Compleanno)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Stephan Elliott’s Easy Virtue
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Ryan Murphy’s Eat Pray Love
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

  Rowan Woods' Fragments
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  HBO Mini-Series Generation Kill
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Steven Williford’s The Green
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  HBO's Grey Gardens
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Films by Gordon Ball
Reviewed by Peter Neofotis
  Gossip Girl: The Complete Third Season
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  John Cassavetes’ Husbands
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Armando Iannucci’s In the Loop
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  HBO’s Into the Storm
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Nora Ephron's Julie and Julia
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Samuel Maoz’s Lebanon
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Gary Winick’s Letters to Juliet
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  David Lewis’s Longhorns
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

  Nigel Cole’s Made in Dagenham
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Crayton Robey’s Making the Boys
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

 

Simon Curtis's My Week With Marilyn
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

 

  Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
 

Rob Marshall’s Nine
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

  Nip/Tuck: The Sixth and Final Season
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  The Norman Conquests
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Sam Taylor-Wood’s Nowhere Boy
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Agatha Christie's
Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Steve Shill’s Obsessed
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Jake Cashill's Oral Fixation
Reviewed by Harvey Karten
  HBO’s The Pacific
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Alexandre Aja’s Piranha 3-D
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Marco Berger’s Plan B
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Johnathon Schaech's The Poker Club
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
 

David Kittredge's
Pornography A Thriller
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

  Rob Williams’s Role/Play
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  HBO’s Rome: The Complete Series
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
 

Tom Ford’s A Single Man
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

  David Fincher’s The Social Network
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Brian Koppelman & David Levien’s Solitary Man
Reviewed by Frank J. Avela
  Jack Garfein's The Strange One
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Peter Tewksbury’s Sunday in New York
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Amir Bar-Lev’s
The Tillman Story

Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  James Mottern’s Trucker
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Alan Ball's True Blood
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Patrick Tatopoulos' Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  V: The Complete First Season
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Matt Tyrnauer's Valentino: The Last Emperor
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Oliver Stone’s
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Woody Allen’s Whatever Works
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Woody Allen’s
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

Reviewed by FrankJ. Avella
  New York Film Festival
  Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Roman Polanski’s Carnage
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Alice Rohrwacher’s
Corpo Celeste (Celestial Body)
Reviewed by Frank J.Avella
  Alexander Payne’s The Descendants
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
 


Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne’s
The Kid With a Bike (Le Gamin au velo)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

 

  Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Lars von Trier’s Melancholia
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Simon Curtis’s My Week With Marilyn
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Steve McQueen's Shame
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Pedro Almodóvar’s
The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Newfest Reviews
  Christian Martin & Darren Flaxstone’s Buffering
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Casper Andreas's Going Down in La La Land
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Rashaad Ernesto Green's Gun Hill Road
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Benjamin Cantu's Harvest (Stadt Land Fluss)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  J.T. Tepnapa's Judas Kiss
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Andrew Haigh's Weekend
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  John Lavin’s Hollywood to Dollywood
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Jean-Claude Schlim's House of Boys
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  J.T. Tepnapa's Judas Kiss
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Michael Simon's The Love Patient
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Caytha Jentis’s The One
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Webster Forrest’s Over the Edge
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Open Roads Film Festival
  Sergio Castellitto’s
La Bellezza del Somaro (Love and Slaps)

Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Gianni Di Gregorio’s
The Salt of Life (Gianni e le donne)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Lucio Pellegrini’s
Figli Delle Stelle (Unlikely Revolutionaries)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Luca Lucini’s
The Woman of My Life (La donna della mia vita)
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Tribeca Film Festival Reviews
  Steven Silver’s The Bang Bang Club
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Philip Gelatt’s The Bleeding House
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Lee Hirsch’s The Bully Project
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
 
The Vicious Brothers’ Grave Encounters
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella

  Jasmine McGlade Chazelle’s Maria My Love
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Peter Mullan’s NEDS
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
  Brady Kiernan’s Stuck Between Stations
Reviewed by Frank J. Avella
   
   

 

 



 

 


 

 

 

 



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