Mcconaughey wins NY crit­ics award

Austin American-Statesman - - D MOVIES & LIFE - ‘Hitch­cock’ D

Matthew McConaughey’s de­ci­sion to star in edgier, low-bud­get movies is paying off. Austin’s McConaughey won best sup­port­ing ac­tor for roles in “Bernie” and “Magic Mike” from the New York Crit­ics Cir­cle this week. Kathryn Bigelow won best di­rec­tor for “Zero Dark Thirty,” which will open in Austin in Jan­uary af­ter play­ing in New York and Los An­ge­les in time for awards con­sid­er­a­tion. “Zero Dark Thirty” also won best pic­ture. “Lin­coln” won three awards: Daniel Day-Lewis, best ac­tor; Sally Field, best sup­port­ing ac­tress; and Tony Kush­ner, best screen­play. Rachel Weisz won best ac­tress for “The Deep Blue Sea.” “Franken­wee­nie,” which had its world pre­miere at this year’s Fan­tas­tic Fest, won best an­i­ma­tion. “The Cen­tral Park Five” won best doc­u­men­tary. “Amour” was named best for­eign-lan­guage film.

By David Ger­main

The man who made “Psy­cho” was no light­weight, though he kind of comes off that way in “Hitch­cock.”

Star­ring An­thony Hop­kins as Al­fred Hitch­cock and He­len Mir­ren as his wife and col­lab­o­ra­tor, Alma, “Hitch­cock” puts a feath­erlight yet en­ter­tain­ing touch on the be­hind-thescenes strug­gle to make the mother of all slasher films.

Hitch­cock’s dark side gets su­per­fi­cial treat­ment as the film of­fers the cin­e­matic equiv­a­lent of psy­chob­a­b­ble to ex­plore the di­rec­tor’s no­to­ri­ous glut­tony, sex­ual re­pres­sion and idol­iza­tion of his lead­ing ladies.

Though shal­low, “Hitch­cock” has a play­ful qual­ity that of­ten makes it good fun, its spirit of whimsy a wink that the film­mak­ers know they’re riff­ing on Hitch­cock’s mer­rily macabre per­sona and not ex­am­in­ing the man with any great depth or in­sight.

“Hitch­cock” is a promis­ing move into dra­matic film­mak­ing for di­rec­tor Sacha Ger­vasi af­ter his 2009 doc­u­men­tary “Anvil: The Story of Anvil,” a chron­i­cle of heavymetal wannabes who never quite made it. With screen­writer John J. McLaugh­lin adapt­ing Stephen Re­bello’s book “Al­fred Hitch­cock and the Mak­ing of Psy­cho,” Ger­vasi spins a nim­ble tale of a gen­teel yet volatile ge­nius

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