Arts Issue: “The Sessions”

by Nora Blake Some of the most well regarded films from this past awards season were praised for their special effects and visual complexities. Yet one stands out for its raw portrayal of an unassuming hero. “The Sessions” documents the genuine reality of Mark O’Brien, a character who lights up the screen and emanates great…

Arts Issue: “Amour”

by Laura Wolford “Till death do us part” is taken to a whole new level in Michael Haneke’s film “Amour,” the love story of older couple, Anne and Georges, and the sufferings of the heart when Anne becomes sick. “Amour” is a testament to the bonds of love that can stretch throughout a lifetime. “Amour”…

“Zero Dark Thirty” a tragically honest portrayal of Americans at war

by Emma Dolhai The detainee stands in a sunless concrete room, hands extended upwards, pulled by ropes tied to the ceiling. His face is swollen, crusted with blood, his eyes betraying the possibility of defeat, while his CIA torturer subjects him to a litany of questions. Meanwhile, another CIA team member stands silently in the corner,…

“Les Misérables” a satisfying treat for holiday audiences

by Suzanne Egan via aceshowbiz.com With “Les Misérables” as one of the most anticipated films of 2012, and sure to receive several Oscar nominations, the question on every viewer’s mind is whether it is, and will be voted, the best picture of the year? The answer, unfortunately, is no. As 2012 has released several other daring…

“Barbara” a difficult film for many audiences, but worth the challenge

by Suzanne Egan via hollywoodreporter.com “Barbara” is a rough translation of a good story. Taking place in 1980 East Germany, the film begins when Dr. Barbara Wolff (Nina Hoss) is transferred from a prestigious hospital in Berlin to a dull village in the countryside as punishment for applying to immigrate to West Germany. She doesn’t…

“Amour” a torturous and beautiful look at love

by Erin Whitney via awardscircuit.com Love–the ineffable, complicated force that permeates our every day lives. Most cinema portrays it superficially, evading the daunting task of uncovering its multifaceted manifestations with clichéd plots or characters. Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke however, whom many refer to as the master of disturbance and horror, accepts the challenge in his…

“Any Day Now” fails to inspire the right emotions

by J.R. Hammerer via filmlinc.com The trouble with “Any Day Now” is that rather than making deliberate, detectable mistakes, it keeps its own momentum but rarely makes an effort. It claims desperation in preaching love and tolerance, but seems unable to shout far. Indeed, you almost long for the overblown anger of an Oliver Stone behind the…

“Hyde Park on Hudson” misses the mark on historic entertainment

by Clio McConnell “Hyde Park on Hudson,” the latest in Hollywood’s series of American presidential biopics, is not lacking in assets. With a gorgeous soundtrack to match the gorgeous scenery, a duo of talented leads, and plenty of debauchery, audiences should be riveted from start to finish. Unfortunately, the scene does not quite play out…

“Delhi Safari” a fun and important film for all types of audiences

by Laura Wolford Jungle animals, who are threatened by the deforestation of their home, retaliate against the Indian government in the Indian animated film “Delhi Safari.” The film is directed by Nikhil Advani, and features the voice talents of some humongous American star power including Brad Garrett, Vanessa Williams, Christopher Lloyd, Jane Lynch, Jason Alexander…

Stefan Ruzowitzky’s “Deadfall” a failed mash-up of genres

by Alex Greenberger via cinematoria.com If looks were everything in a film, “Deadfall” would be one of the better films of this year. For starters, Olivia Wilde is one of the stars, and the movie even includes a nude scene with her. The film’s cinematography, complete with meticulously composed landscapes and pretty snow-sprinkled houses, is…

Ed Burns talks “The Fitzgerald Family Christmas”

by Isabel Jones via esquire.com Opening this week is “The Fitzgerald Family Christmas,” the next feature film from writer, director, and actor, Ed Burns. Afforded the opportunity to interview Burns one-on-one, WSN discussed his motivation behind approaching the “holiday film” niche, his journey to stardom, and the origins of his filmmaking prowess. Perhaps best known…