Countdown to the Oscars: Final Predictions

The 90th Academy Awards are this Sunday, and I can’t remember a year in which the awards were harder to predict.  But with the Golden Globes, Critic’s Choice, BAFTAs, and various guild awards now behind us, a pattern has emerged giving us more of a concrete idea of who will take home an Oscar.  Still, … Continue reading Countdown to the Oscars: Final Predictions

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Review: “I, Tonya”

4 out of 5 stars. The 1994 Winter Olympics saw a record number of people tune in to watch the women’s figure skating competition, not for the sport itself, but for the drama surrounding U.S. skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.  It’s something that’s true even of director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Steven Rogers’ version … Continue reading Review: “I, Tonya”

Predicting the 2018 Oscar Nominees and Winners

That time is already upon us.  With the SAG, Golden Globes, and Critics Choice Awards already behind us, now is the time to look ahead to the Oscars.  The 90th Academy Awards will take place on March 4, but the nominees will be announced tomorrow morning.  For most of this awards season there really hasn’t … Continue reading Predicting the 2018 Oscar Nominees and Winners

Review: “The Post”

3.5 out of 5 stars.The year is 2018, not 1971, and most of us get our news from the internet, not from newspapers.  Yet Steven Spielberg’s new drama “The Post” is as timely as ever, raising questions about the first amendment, about a woman’s ability to be a leader in a male-dominated industry, about government … Continue reading Review: “The Post”

Review: “Phantom Thread”

5 out of 5 stars. Let me preface my review of Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film “Phantom Thread” by saying that my thoughts here will likely be incomplete.  That is because “Phantom Thread” is the sort of film that will require multiple viewings to fully grasp, with the prior knowledge of where the story and … Continue reading Review: “Phantom Thread”

Predicting the 2018 Golden Globe Awards

The awards season is once again upon us, and today is the first major awards show of the year with the 75th Golden Globe Awards airing tonight.  The Globes aren’t always a great indicator of what films will eventually win the Oscar, but they’re still fun to watch and predict, especially this year.  Unlike last … Continue reading Predicting the 2018 Golden Globe Awards

Review: “The Shape of Water”

5 out of 5 stars. If you love movies and don’t love “The Shape of Water,” then I really don’t know what to tell you.  Writer (along with Vanessa Taylor) and director Guillermo del Toro’s latest film is the type of gorgeous adult fairy tale he’s known for, imbued with an extra dose of love … Continue reading Review: “The Shape of Water”

Review: “Call Me by Your Name”

5 out of 5 stars. “Call Me by Your Name” is set in rural Italy in the summer of 1983.  Seventeen-year-old Elio (Timothee Chalamet) lives there with his parents; his mom (Amira Casar) is a translator, and his father (Michael Stuhlbarg) is an archaeology professor.  Elio, who spends much of his time reading and writing … Continue reading Review: “Call Me by Your Name”

Review: “The Disaster Artist”

4 out of 5 stars. I never thought I'd see the day that a movie was made about the making of Tommy Wiseau's "The Room," one of the worst and most bizarre movies of all time. I especially never thought that the film about the making of said movie would be so great, but here … Continue reading Review: “The Disaster Artist”

Review: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

4.5 out of 5 stars. There’s a lot in American culture that people don’t talk about; much of that has changed over the last year or so, but police brutality and rape culture are divisive issues all the same.  It has taken an English writer and director, Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges,” “Seven Psychopaths”) to bring … Continue reading Review: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”