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21 December 2014

About Alex & The Great Undervaluation of TV Artists

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A cast of some of TV’s most wonderful people populates About Alex, the debut feature from Parenthood writer Jesse Zwick. A dramedy about college friends reunited by tragic, awkward circumstances, …

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17 December 2014

The Oscar-Baiting Game

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The Imitation Game is well acted, well directed and interesting. It tells the fascinating story of Alan Turing, brilliant code breaker autistic, as he cracks the Nazis unbreakable code and …

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12 December 2014

The Golden Globe Nominees (Film)

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It was the snub heard round the world. Angelina Jolie was not nominated for a single Golden Globe yesterday. Jolie was a contender for Producer/ Director on Unbroken, and in …

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10 December 2014

Birdman Leads SAG Film Nominations

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Somewhere in a high tower I imagine Harvey Weinstein is looking into a cauldron, and cackling. The Weinstein Company did exceptionally well today, their film The Imitation Game has 3, …

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02 December 2014

Boyhood Wins Big with the NYFCC

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Over the next couple months, you will probably hear the phrase “Well Boyhood dominated…” or “Boyhood sweeps ‘insert critics group or award show’.” Rightfully, so! Yesterday the New York Film …

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26 November 2014

The ISA Nominations Are In…

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Birdman leads the Independent Spirit Award (ISA) Nominations with 6, Boyhood, Selma, and Nightcrawler follow closely with 5 nominations each. For those keeping score, Foxcatcher was not eligible in any …

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24 November 2014

Half of Mockingjay

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You already know the biggest problem with the newest installment of the Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. It’s right there in that ridiculously long title. They took …

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15 November 2014

The Assassination of Jesse James: a Retrospective

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On September 21, 2007, the film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford opened in limited release in 5 theatres. My research on its release outside of …

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14 November 2014

Disappointed in Big Hero 6

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I had a disappointing movie weekend. On the surface, Big Hero 6 is the perfect movie for me. It’s a cartoon! It’s action packed! It features adorable, beautiful animation! And …

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11 November 2014

An Ambitious Mess: Interstellar

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There are moments of Interstellar that are outstanding. It is visually stunning. It has a breathtaking vision of space, grounded by actual astrophysics (theoretically, sort of), which gets writ large …

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10 November 2014

Slow Burn of Intensity: A Most Violent Year

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JC Chandor may be a new name to a lot of people, but he is single handedly pushing and re-inventing acting led dramatic films. Within the last three years Chandor …

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07 November 2014

Roger Ebert & Life Itself

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Steve James’ documentary about Roger Ebert- filmed in the last few weeks of his life and release after his death- moved me more than any other movie in 2014 so …

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05 November 2014

Taxi Driver & American Psycho‘s Unholy Love Child

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Part Taxi Driver, Part American Psycho, entirely a biting satire of the modern entertainment complex. Nightcrawler may sound like an X-Men spin off but it’s actually a fascinating spin down …

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04 November 2014

Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Pretension)

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In a lot of ways, Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a creatively masturbatory exercise in pretension. It may also be brilliant. Just look at that damn title! …

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