June 26, 2017

Articles By: Sean O'Connell

Sean O’Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print (‘The Washington Post,’ ‘USA Today’) and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN’s Citysearch) since 1996. He’s a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O’Connell Association (SEFCA).

“Mirror Mirror” trailer takes comical approach to Snow White

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Once upon a time, rival Snow White pictures race toward theaters to capture audiences’ attentions with their unique spins on a classic fairy tale. A-list talents – from Julia Roberts to Kristen Stewart – lined up to participate. Which effort would be the fairest of them all?[...]

Kristen Stewart offered female lead in “Akira”

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: If I had to make a bet, I’d put money down that the live-action remake of the anime classic “Akira” will never reach theaters. Too many chefs have been jamming into the kitchen for years trying to improve on a perfect dish. Why bother? But if it[...]

Charlize Theron glares in latest “Young Adult” poster – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell hollywoodnews.com: Any time you’re able to make Charlize Theron look marginally ugly, it’s newsworthy. In fact, the last time she attempted it, she won the Academy Award for the hideous transformation in the serial-killer drama “Monster.” Theron’s character doesn’t murder anyone in “Young Adult” (at least, I don’t think[...]

Can Occupy Wall Street help “The Help”? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell hollywoodnews.com: Reading stories this morning of the NYPD’s efforts to extinguish the Occupy Wall Street movement in downtown Manhattan, my mind turned to the ladies of “The Help.” The messages of the OWS movement might not be as unified as organizers hoped, and the causes have fractured to[...]

Felicity Jones cast in Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes biopic

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Felicity Jones gives a raw, heart-on-her-sleeve performance in Drake Doremus’ Sundance hit “Like Crazy,” one which has triggered a breakthrough year for the young actress. While she has stayed busy acting prior to “Crazy,” the young-lovers drama is kicking open new doors for the fragile actress. Warren[...]

Meryl Streep is “astonishing” in “The Iron Lady” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell hollywoodnews.com: British press who got their first look at “The Iron Lady” yesterday are praising Meryl Streep’s performance as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher while gently condemning the movie, as a whole. Writing for The Guardian, chief critic Xan Brooks says Streep “is the one great weapon of this often[...]

Woody Harrelson, “Rampart” get one-week qualifying run – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell hollywoodnews.com: Woody Harrelson started receiving raves for his searing performance in Oren Moverman’s “Rampart” right after the film world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Certain Oscar bloggers have been championing Harrelson’s inclusion in the Best Actor race, a category that appears to be relatively crowded with[...]

David Fincher talks “Dragon Tattoo” and film’s Oscar chances – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell hollywoodnews.com: David Fincher knows his way around the Oscar dance, having just maneuvered the lengthy awards season last year for his brilliant “The Social Network” and ahead of that for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” So when asked if he thought his upcoming picture, “The Girl with[...]

Pixar’s “Brave” shares two exclusive images

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: As a Pixar fan (and who isn’t, right?), I’m anxiously awaiting next summer’s “Brave” for two key reasons. First, I need the animation studio to wash the wretched taste of “Cars 2” out of my mouth. As the father of two boys – who, admittedly, don’t mind[...]

“Dragon Tattoo” TV spot boasts new footage – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell hollywoodnews.com: Today seems to be a day of glorious reveals for films with Oscar dreams that’ve yet to fully pull back their curtains. This morning, we brought you an international trailer for Meryl Streep’s Margaret Thatcher biopic, “The Iron Lady,” which revealed far more footage than had previously[...]
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