PHX Film News for 12/21/2012

PHX Film News
December 21, 2012

Wow. We've got a jam-packed newsletter for you this week. Lots of releases and reviews, including for a couple of big films coming out on Christmas Day.

Plus we'll close out this week's newsletter with a special best and worst from a long time friend of the festival.

Spotlight Movie of the Week - This is 40

There comes in time in every adults life when you realize that the candles on your cake keep increasing, your body starts going through the next phase of change, but your mind hasn’t quite caught up to the age of your body? In Judd Apatow’s latest film, This is 40, he brings back the gang (some of them) from Knocked Up – the family made up of Pete, Debbie and their girls Charlotte and Sadie a few years older, maybe a little wiser but still trying to figure life and relationships out with a sense of humor.

Click here to read our review

More new releases

If you’re looking for an action movie to take him this weekend before the Christmas holiday opening in theaters,“Jack Reacher”, a film based on the book “One Shot” by Lee Child, starring Tom Cruise. Now click here to see what we thought.

What do you get when you team up one of the most successful directors of all time, but as a producer, another Academy Award nominated director and the equivalent of a modern day circus? The million dollar answer is… “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away”, brought to you from Executive Producer James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) and Director Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe). Click here to see the review.

With less than two weeks to go for the 2012 movie release schedule, The Guilt Trip is a comedy that doesn’t quite fit the typical holiday release film type. Director Ann Fletcher brings together a quirky, yet witty cast of characters, with the most intriguing pairing of mother and son in Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen.Click here for our review

Christmas Day Releases - Django Unchained and Les Miserables There are a couple of huge releases on Christmas Day and we've got a couple of early reviews for you.

Up first is the latest from Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained. Whether you love him or hate him, Tarantino always is pushing the envelope and developing iconic characters. Click here to read what we thought about his latest effort

Then of course, there's Les Miserables. This film boasts a stellar cast and is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. We love ending the year with a musical and here's what we thought

A special best and worst of the year from Neil Cohen

The saddest moment of the year for us was the recent passing of local film critic, Neil Cohen. Neil was a founding member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society and a judge of the Phoenix Film Festival for over ten years. He was a vibrant person, an actor, writer and was always smiling.

We'll greatly miss Neil, but he left us with one last gift, and that's his best and worst in film this year. Or as they're better known, "The Neelys"

Click here to read Neil's thoughts on the films 2012 from Echo Magazine