Mcconaughey wins NY critics award
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