January has apparently become thriller month on the movie calendar. The next few weeks will be dominated by high action, often violent, gritty action movies, including "Underworld: Awakening," "Haywire," "Red Tails," "The Grey," and "Man on a Ledge."
"Young Adult" is a rare, genuinely original comedy. Director Jason Reitman re-teams with screenwriter Diablo Cody - that's the duo that gave us "Juno" - for a sardonic look at a former high school bombshell wallowing in the depths of delusion.
We've looked ahead to the Oscars in recent weeks, but we all know the Academy voters miss the mark as often as they hit it. And one of the funnest things about this time of year is debating what was best about the cinematic year that was. What follows is not an awards forecast, but my own list of the films that merit mention.
All of the films we've highlighted thus far have been art house fare, destined to reach only limited release. But the Academy Awards, unlike critics organizations and other awards shows, don't often stray too far from the mainstream. They tend to choose well-crafted and crowd-pleasing movies.
This week we continue our look at the movies in the running for Best Picture and the actresses vying for Best Supporting honors. My list is long, because there have been numerous great performances this year. All of the acting categories are going to be incredibly competitive, but these ladies should all at least be in the conversation.
This week we begin a series previewing the movies that will likely compete for Best Picture and for acting awards at the Oscars and other major ceremonies. (Let's hope some of them make it to our area!)