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Untangling the Oscar Race

The Academy's top two prizes are up for grabs after an entertaining and engaging year of film

1 Comments · Wednesday, February 19, 2014
While I am not known for my Oscar handicapping capabilities, let me go out on a limb here and state that this year’s telecast will offer few if any real surprises in the four performance categories.  

About Last Night

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
This minor Brat Pack classic (based on David Mamet’s play Sexual Perversity in Chicago) from the 1980s gets a cultural makeover and an intriguing upgrade that speaks to contemporary sensibilitie  

Endless Love

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The story of star-crossed lovers from opposite sides of the tracks gets a new glossy take in director/co-writer (with Joshua Safran) Shana Feste’s remake of Franco Zeffirelli’s Endless Love   

Gloria

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
One of my personal favorites from this past year’s Toronto International Film Festival (where it was announced as Chile’s representative in the race for Best Foreign Language Film at the Acade  

The Wind Rises

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Japanese animation wizard Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Ponyo) serves up more of his unique brand of visual storytelling that refuses to strip away art for the sake of dumbing down the content to  

RoboCop

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
This Valentine’s weekend offers up a love letter to the 1980s with José Padilha’s reimaging of Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop as the third treat from that seemingly seminal movie decade. As excited a  

Winter's Tale

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Celebrated screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind and I Am Legend) turns to novelist Mark Helprin for his first effort at the helm. Winter’s Tale is pure fantasy; the story of Peter Lake (C  

Iranian Filmmaker Boldly Explores Emotional Minefield

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 12, 2014
In America, our notion of family has always adhered to simplistic models. The ideal was nuclear — husband, wife and two children, preferably a boy and a girl.  

The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza)

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Italian representative in the Best Foreign Language pool of nominees from writer-director Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place and Il Divo) sets its sights on Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo)  

The Lego Movie

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Recently, a creeping bias has taken hold of me concerning the state of animated features. Because of the creative stranglehold of the Disney-Pixar model, I’ve cooled somewhat to the sterility of