Oscar Predictions

We’re officially less than a week away from Hollywood’s biggest night.  The 89th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 26.  Damien Chazelle’s gorgeous musical “La La Land” received a record-tying 14 nominations, and is the favorite to win a majority of them, including Best Picture, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still predictions … Continue reading Oscar Predictions

Last minute Oscar nominee predictions

Early tomorrow morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards.  Before the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month, I posted a list of predictions for Oscar winners and nominees in almost every category.  A lot has happened since then, so here’s my revised list before … Continue reading Last minute Oscar nominee predictions

Review: “Lion”

4 out of 5 stars. It’s appropriately poignant that we don’t learn the significance of the title “Lion” until the end of the movie.  For the end of the film marks the end of Saroo’s years long journey to find his birth family, a quest he pursued with the ferocity and determination often associated with … Continue reading Review: “Lion”

Review: “Hidden Figures”

5 out of 5 stars. There are a lot of stories lurking in the shadows of history, just waiting for someone to come along and tell them.  We all know about the Space Race, and astronaut John Glenn, who was the first American to circle the Earth.  But the film “Hidden Figures” tells a side … Continue reading Review: “Hidden Figures”

Let’s make Oscar predictions!

If you know me, you know that a sizable portion of my life revolves around awards season.  Back in August, I made some predictions for what movies could possibly be nominated for Academy Awards come Oscar time.  With the Critic’s Choice Awards behind us and the Golden Globe Awards this weekend, awards season is in … Continue reading Let’s make Oscar predictions!

Review: “Jackie”

4.5 out of 5 stars. “Jackie” concludes with the finale of the musical “Camelot” playing over the action; as Jackie states in the film, the cast album was a favorite of her husband’s, President John F. Kennedy, comparing his brief time in office prior to his assassination to that mystical land.  While that comment has … Continue reading Review: “Jackie”

Review: “Fences”

4 out of 5 stars. Fences can be built to keep things in; they can also be built to keep things out.  While there is a literal fence being constructed by Denzel Washington’s character Troy throughout the movie “Fences,” it is also symbolic of his and Viola Davis’ character Rose’s relationship to each other, and … Continue reading Review: “Fences”

Review: “La La Land”

5 out of 5 stars. “La La Land” opens with a long tracking shot, the camera moving along bumper-to-bumper traffic on a Los Angeles freeway, a cacophony of sounds and different music emanating from each vehicle—a fairly typical scene, until, one by one, people leap out of their cars, jumping on top of them and … Continue reading Review: “La La Land”

Review: “Loving”

4 out of 5 stars. Loving was their name, and they were persecuted for doing the exact same thing.  In “Loving,” writer/director Jeff Nichols tells the true story of the landmark 1967 court case Loving v. Virginia, in which the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for states to prohibit interracial marriage.  It’s a … Continue reading Review: “Loving”

Review: “Moana”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Walt Disney Feature Animation has had a remarkable past several years, turning out amazing film after amazing film, from the cultural phenomenon “Frozen” to the record-breaking hit of this spring, “Zootopia.”  But even among such illustrious titles, “Moana” may be the studio’s crowning achievement of this era. “Moana,” which is … Continue reading Review: “Moana”