A.O. Scott, chief film critic of The New York Times, and Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's "Culture Gabfest," compare notes on this year's Oscar nominations (just released this morning), and discuss recent changes in the requirements for best documentary.
Happy 70th, Bob Dylan! Well, almost. Here in New York, the Film Forum movie theater is celebrating the troubadour's upcoming birthday with a double feature of two films that celebrate a younger Dylan: the 1967 documentary “Don’t Look Back” and “The Other Side of the Mirror,” a compilation of Dylan’s appearances at the Newport Folk Festival. New York Times film critic A.O. Scott recently took in both movies and joins us to share his reaction.
One way to beat the heat wave: escape to a dark and cool movie theater. A.O. Scott, chief film critic for the New York Times, reviews recently released and upcoming summer films - and talks about the nature of reviews.
Tell us what you've seen, what you liked, and what you're looking forward to in this season's summer films. What are your favorite and least favorite summer movies this year?
On Tuesday, the oft-thanked Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce this year's Oscar nominations, and for the first time since 1943 there will be ten nominees for Best Picture, instead of five. How will the increased number of films affect the Best Picture race? And what movies won't be nominated, despite the wider playing field?