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: “Stan and Ollie”

4 out of 5 stars. Laurel and Hardy.  Even those who haven’t seen their films likely at least know the names, and recognize their appearance: the tall and thin Stan Laurel, and the portly and mustached Oliver Hardy, bowler hats in hand.  The comedy duo attained popularity with their short and feature length films for […]

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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: “On the Basis of Sex”

3 out of 5 stars. At the age of 85, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is more of an influence and an inspiration than ever.  Her advocation for gender equality and her intense debates in court have turned her into an icon, especially for young people.  But “On the Basis of Sex,” a new biopic from […]

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Predicting the 2019 Golden Globes

2018 may have come and gone, but the celebration of movies released last year is only just beginning.  The 76th annual Golden Globe Awards take place Sunday, January 6, serving as the first major award show of the season.  The Globes (the winners for which are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association) traditionally aren’t […]

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Review: “The Mule”

2.5 out of 5 stars. Clint Eastwood is one of the most prolific and talented filmmakers out there, but he, like anyone else, has his fair share of hits and misses.  “The Mule,” Eastwood’s latest directorial effort as well as the first film he’s acted in since 2012, lands somewhere in the middle.  Based on […]

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Top 10 Movies of 2018

The end of the year is always hard for me, as it comes time to narrow down the 70 or so new films I watched this year into a list that reflects the ten best.  2018 didn’t come with as many films that I loved or personally connected with as past years have, but the […]

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Review: “Mary Queen of Scots”

2.5 out of 5 stars In “Mary Queen of Scots,” women rule.  It’s the year 1561, and Elizabeth I (played by Margot Robbie) is the Queen of England.  Her first cousin Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) returns to Scotland and reclaims her throne after the death of her husband, the King of France.  They both have […]

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