Rachael Nisenkier

Editor’s Note:  The Help is one of the biggest films of the summer. But the beautiful movie isn’t one of those adaptations that lives a separate life from its source material. The movie is directed by the childhood best friend of the author and based on her book inspired by her childhood about a woman […]

  Kelly Bedard

The film adaptation of the truly wonderful book One Day, predictably, leaves much to be desired. While the presence of the always sensational Patricia Clarkson (perfectly cast in the pivotal role of Dexter’s idealized mother) certainly helped the film along, the incredible miscasting of the story’s leading lady proved devastating to the adaptation. So much of […]

  Kelly Bedard

The Art of Getting By is a truly terrible film. I had high hopes for what looked like a sweet, earnest and artsy coming-of-age story but what I got instead was a pretentious wannabe indie darling with a lame hipster “New York insider” attitude. The film’s principle themes of art and love as salvation are […]

  Kelly Bedard

My best friend informs me that “Larry Crowne is so stupid!” He’s usually more eloquent than that, just not when he’s wrong. On his international press tour for the film, writer/director/star/most-beloved-man-in-Hollywood Tom Hanks had a single line that he trotted out in some form or another every one of the 4 million or so times […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I have a long history with Harry Potter. I got the first book when I was 11. I read the last one my sophomore year of college. The books and movies have been there for me from pigtails to braces to paychecks, and everything in between. Last year, when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows […]

  Kelly Bedard

Summer brings with it just a few guarantees: hot weather, kids out of school and blockbuster season at the Cineplex. With so many big budget, massive star vehicles charging into theatres (along with some lesser-known experiments), we at My Cinema are always struggling to keep up. So, here’s a quick overview of some of the […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

When I was in film school, it was common to start off the introductory classes by going around the room and asking everyone who their favorite director was. I would sit, nervously anticipating my turn, as every other student rattled off Sundance-approved names both obscure and less so. Aronofosky, Lynch, Soderbergh, Nolan (this was in […]

  Kelly Bedard

The newest film version of Jane Eyre is a cold affair. It’s gray-tinted, rain-soaked, slowly paced and underplayed. None of this is to an unforgivably negative effect. In fact, this gray sense of dismal circumstance works sort of perfectly for Jane Eyre, a dreary text in itself. It does, however, make for a rather unpleasant […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I have been obsessed with The Hunger Games since I first sunk into Katniss’s world. Over on My Bookshelf, I waxed poetic about how the series helped me recapture that Harry Potter, so eager in anticipation magic. So I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to comment on the casting of the scary-as-hell, god-i-pray-they-harry-potter-it-and-not-golden-compass-it movie […]

  Kelly Bedard

The Adjustment Bureau could have been a really great film. At its core it’s full of interesting philosophical questions, ones that introduce possibilities that both fit into and are new to global spiritual narratives. Ideas of fate, free will and intelligently designed plans are expressed alongside darker ramifications like the sacrifice of potential in some […]

  Kelly Bedard

Introducing the annual My Cinema Honorary Award. This distinction, announced separately from the rest of the winners, is awarded each year to celebrate standout achievement in any given category. We have 2 winners this year, because we simply couldn’t choose. Winners aren’t nominated in the regular My Cinema Awards. Rather, they’re honored separately as the […]

  Kelly Bedard

You probably didn’t see it. It’s only up for one Oscar (makeup?! really?!) and though Paul Giamatti won Best Actor at the Golden Globes for his truly extraordinary performance, no one really lends much weight to the comedy/musical categories or even pays attention to the Globes if the Oscars don’t seem to agree. But here’s […]

  Kelly Bedard

First let me apologize for that title, it’s inexcusably bad. But I had to come up with an excuse to talk about The Coen Brothers’ grimy and excellent western True Grit in the same article as the melancholy story of a country western singer Country Strong, which I think is just as well executed, if […]

  Kelly Bedard

There are two distinctly British films playing in theatres right now. The King’s Speech, one of Oscar’s top contenders, is a formal high-art story about monarchy, duty and the pressure of expectation. Made in Dagenham is a scrappy, spirited, populist film about factory workers fighting for their rights. The former’s principle plot is centered on […]

  Kelly Bedard

The new film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize/Tony-winning play Rabbit Hole has gotten some excellent reviews. If I were watching this film as an original story, who knows, I might agree with them. But as an adaptation of the remarkable play I saw just a few months ago, the film of Rabbit Hole is but […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

The Fighter is the latest effort from controversy magnet David O’Russell. Although he may be best known to the general public as being a brief viral sensation thanks to an expletive filled diatribe aimed at Lily Tomlin on the set of I Heart Huckabees . However, I have loved him since his work on the […]

  Kelly Bedard

 127 Hours is a lot. And very little. And all sorts of things. It’s a bit of a slog, it’s beautifully shot, it’s the James Franco show, it’s bloody, it’s tough, but mostly, it’s pretty amazing. There are two superstars who really make 127 Hours what it is (aside, obviously, from Aron Ralston, the real […]

  Kelly Bedard

The true story of Valerie Plame, the CIA agent who was exposed by the Bush White House as payback for her diplomat husband speaking out of turn, is enthralling. It’s got built-in suspense, fascinating characters, some of the highest stakes ever to make it onto the page of a screenplay. The film stars the excellent […]

So far I’ve dealt only with Christmas movies that I’ve loved. This installment is one that kind of takes me aback a little bit when I watch it: The Family Stone. If you don’t remember The Family Stone, or if it doesnt grace your beloved Christmas-movies list, I don’t blame ya. It came out in […]

  Kelly Bedard

Earlier this year my father bought Life Magazine’s “100 People Who Changed the World”. I read the thing cover to cover. There were tons of omissions, none quite so confounding to me as Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. My dad didn’t understand why I insisted that the 26-year-old billionaire should be on the list, […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Full disclosure: Although I’ve never joined a fan club, written a celebrity a letter, or started a blog dedicated to my love for a boy band member, Ben Affleck is the closest thing I have to a life-long celebrity obsession. It’s not even a romantic obsession. I don’t doodle his name on my notebooks, and […]

  Kelly Bedard

Hi Movie Fans,  Welcome to My Entertainment World’s newest site: My Cinema. Here we’ll be discussing our thoughts on current and classic cinema, sharing movie news and actor profiles. To kick off the site, here’s a list of films currently in theatres that are worth the watch, or completely skippable:  DEFINITELY GO SEE: Toy Story […]