Carrie Rickey has been The Philadelphia Inquirer's film critic for 21 years and writes the newspaper's Flickgrrl blog. She has reviewed films as diverse as "Water" and "The Waterboy," profiled celebrities from Lillian Gish to Will Smith, and reported on technological beakthroughs from the video revolution to the rise of movies on demand. Her reviews are syndicated nationwide and she is a regular contributor to Entertainment Weekly, MSNBC and NPR. Rickey's essays appear in numerous anthologies, including "The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll," "The American Century," and the Library of America's "American Movie Critics."
Articles by Carrie Rickey
American Hustle, which purveys five of the most follicularly exuberant coiffures in movie history, failed to be nominated for this year’s best makeup and hairstyling Oscar. How can this possibly be? Read more>>.read more
Oscar nominations are an index of where women are making inroads in Hollywood. So, apart from the lead and supporting actress categories, where were women nominated for Academy Awards this morning? In producing, animation, documentary, production design, costume, makeup, song and screenwriting categories. Read more>>read more
1. Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s nailbiting procedural of CIA analyst “Maya,” the woman (Jessica Chastain) who orchestrated the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden.
2. Argo, Ben Affleck’s tense thriller about Tony Mendez (Affleck), the CIA “exfiltrator” who spirited six U.S. State Department employees out of Iran during the hostage crisis in 1980.
3. Lincoln, Steven Spielberg’s bristling character study of the ground-level campaign conducted by the 16th president (Daniel Day-Lewis) to secure the passage of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.
4. Amour, Michael Haneke’s unsparing account of dignified octogenarians (Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant) facing the indignities of aging.
5. Middle of Nowhere, Ava DuVernay’s involving nocturne tracks a health-care worker (Emayatzy Corinealdi) who breaks out of her emotional lockdown during her husband’s incarceration.
6. The Sessions, Ben Lewin’s tender look at how a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) helps a severely disabled poet (John Hawkes) achieve emotional intimacy.
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky’s moving adaptation of his novel about high-school outsiders (Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Emma Watson) who support each other through trying times.
8. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Allison Klayman’s sympathetic portrait of the Chinese dissident artist, his work and his political tangles in his homeland.
9. Sister, Ursula Meier’s startling drama of an underclass family, seasonal employees at a posh Swiss ski resort.
10. Flight, Robert Zemeckis’ unflinching study of an airline pilot (Denzel Washington) capable of mastering mechanical malfunctions but not always his personal demons.read more
Like the movies themselves, movie criticism has migrated from analog to digital. Some thoughts. Read more>>read more
Jennifer Westfeldt’s “Friends with Kids” is the most fun you can have without sex. The writer/actress makes her directorial debut with this edgy comedy about a couple with a new design for living. Read more>>read more
Give Lindsay Lohan an A for effort, a B for execution and extra credit points for bravery…and wonder why the tabloids are hog-tying her in double-binds and
double-standards. Read more>>read more
Most Americans think of Penny Marshall as Laverne DeFazio, the title character of the popular TV show Laverne and Shirley. I think of her as the first female director to make movies (Big, A League of Their Own) that grossed over $100 million. Read moreread more
Is there a movie trendlet of classic stories where the sidekick is promoted to central figure? read more
After the love for yesterday’s post about directors dissing directors, here’s moviemorlocks.com on classic actors slamming their co-stars, with Marlon Brando and Bette Davis on the receiving end of the most derision.read more
Gloria Steinem in her own words….and also yours: In 140 characters, write what you want the future of feminism to look like. Read more>>read more
Fanboys and critics are cruel about the work of directors, but evidently not so cruel as other directors are if Flavorwire’s collection of the 30 nastiest director-on-director insults is any indication. Even the supremely unflappable Clint Eastwood flips one to Spike Lee. Read more>>read more
Without Polly Platt, there probably wouldn’t have been The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, or Say Anything. Read more>>read more
When a movie franchise dies, is it inevitably resurrected as a game? Read more>>read more
In the language of clothes, what does the Green Lantern’s CGI unitard say? Read more>>read more
I’ve been to Paris, France and Paris, Paramount. I prefer Paris, Paramount,” director Ernst Lubitsch famously remarked. And while on a Hollywood backlot Lubitsch confected an irresistible, glittering city of lights (see his “Trouble in Paradise” and Ninotchka”), ain’t nothing like the real thing target=”new”>Read more>>read more
Johnny Depp is set to play Nick in a “Thin Man” reboot. Why would you want to remake perfection? But if you were intent upon doing so, who would you cast as Nick’s Nora? Read more>>read more
Once upon a Mother’s Day, my late mom wanted me to take her to the movies. I winced. Read more>>read more
Landmark Theatres, owners art and alt movie houses nationwide, has put its 63 properties up on the auction block. What does this mean for art films? Read more>>read more
Green-eyed goddess Alida Valli played Ayn Rand’s alter ego, Kira, in the 1942 adaptation of the autobiographical novel We the Living. Kentucky filly Patricia Neal played Rand’s alter ego, Dominique Francon, in the 1950 adaptation of The Fountainhead. Over the years many actresses, notably Angelina Jolie, craved the part of Dagny Taggert, strong-willed heroine of Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged. Rand’s choice to play the railroad magnate? Read more>>read more
While Sidney Lumet’s grand theme was the injustice of the social justice system, don’t forget that he also made of the best New York comedies ever….Read more>>read more
As John Sayles is adapting Sheila Weller’s “Girls Like Us,” a lively chronicle of femme posters Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon, there’s three great roles for young actresses. Who would you cast to play them? Read more>>read more
What narrative mischief – or improvements – can you make when you watch a movie backwards? Read more>>read more
So often bad things happen to good movies. They get orphaned by their distributors, are overhyped, underappreciated or otherwise underseen. Here are some titles worth catching… Read more>>read more
Tyler Perry Rocks a Tiara, Lifts Franchise from Morgan Freeman. Read more>>read more
Why Christian Bale and Melissa Leo will probably take home statuettes this year. Read more>>read more