In addition to the task of live singing and having a camera close enough at times to examine his facial pores, Jackman brings theatrical life to the fabled Jean Valjean.
As with his Oscar-winning supporting turn in "Inglorious Basterds," Waltz manages a near impossible mix of congenial menace; it's both fun to watch and is masterfully nuanced.
If Day-Lewis could win an Oscar for his portrayal of a corrupt oil man in "There Will Be Blood," consider how much stronger his chances are this time.
Phoenix's physical transformation into the animalistic alcoholic Freddie Quell is like no other performance this year, as bold and convincing as the work of former Method actor master Marlon Brando.
When he dives into character study ("Malcolm X," "The Hurricane," "Training Day"), Washington's performance moves beyond the screen and into our conscience.
"If you can be disgusted and scared and laugh at the same time," says filmmaker Tommy Wirkola, "that's the ultimate mix for me."
Sex, drugs and violence -- not just the stuff of shlock. Why even art films need an exploitation angle.
Bolstered by an impressive series of accolades -- including an Oscar best picture nom, along with nods as best film of the year by the European Film Awards and the Los Angeles Film Critics and best…
In the world of Fredrik Bond, people are always moving -- dancing, falling, running -- through time and space, with energy and panache.
Long known as the bastard offspring of Sundance, the Slamdance Film Festival, now entering its 19th year, has become a full-grown adult, no longer sheltered from the outside world, and increasingly…
With his two feature films, the 2010 prison drama "R" and the recent thriller "A Hijacking," Tobias Lindholm has exhibited a knack for tense storytelling and palpably gritty realism.