Review: “Hustlers”

4 out of 5 stars. In “Hustlers,” the drama written and directed by Lorene Scafaria and based on the 2015 New York Magazine article titled “The Hustlers at Scores,” there are absolutely zero significant male characters.  Not since 1939’s “The Women” can I think of any other film that has managed to tell a purely […]

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Final Oscar Predictions

I’m not going to lie: this year’s Oscar race hasn’t been pretty.  From controversial manner in which the actual ceremony is being conducted to controversy surrounding the somewhat surprising batch of nominees, the 91st Academy Awards is shaping up to be one interesting evening.  And that’s partly because this awards season as a whole has […]

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Review: “Cold War”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Many of the greatest film romances of all time are sweeping epics, in runtime and scale but also in the way they probe into so many aspects of their characters’ lives and relationships.  Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski does almost the opposite of this with his romantic drama “Cold War.”  The […]

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Review: “The Wife”

4 out of 5 stars. In her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Drama at the Golden Globe Awards, Glenn Close stated that she believed the film she won for—“The Wife”—took so long to get made because it was called “The Wife.”  But however long it took for the movie based on Meg Wolitzer’s […]

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2019 Oscar Nominee Predictions

The 2019 awards season is now in full swing, and while there are plenty of movies gathering accolades and generating conversation, so much regarding this year’s Oscar race is still up in the air.  Many categories that a month ago seemed set have been thrown into confusion thanks to recent awards ceremonies like the Golden […]

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Review: “Vice”

2.5 out of 5 stars. Dick Cheney is widely considered the most powerful Vice President of all time.  But he had a lengthy political career prior to becoming VP to President George W. Bush in 2000 that shaped his ideals as he rose through the ranks of Washington.  But according to “Vice,” a partly biographical, […]

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Review: “Roma”

5 out of 5 stars. Alfonso Cuarón has had a hand in a number of epic films over the years, from the dystopian movie “Children of Men” to the third “Harry Potter” film to his last movie, 2013’s space thriller “Gravity.”  But it’s the intimate and deeply personal “Roma” that is the director’s greatest achievement […]

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Review: “The Favourite”

3.5 out of 5 stars. Everything about “The Favourite” defies expectations, which really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise for a film from Yorgos Lanthimos, the director behind such bizarre works as 2015’s “The Lobster” and 2017’s “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.”  It looks like a pretty period piece set in the royal […]

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Review: “Widows”

2.5 out of 5 stars. “Widows” is a film that has everything going for it. It’s directed by Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) with a screenplay co-written by McQueen and “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn. It has a stellar ensemble cast, including the likes of Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya, Michelle Rodriguez, and […]

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Review: “Green Book”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Sometimes the deepest friendships form from the most unlikely duos. Such is the basis of “Green Book,” a film directed by Peter Farrelly and based on the real relationship that developed between rough and tumble Italian bouncer Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) and refined black musician Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali). Don […]

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