Top 10: Best Animated Films (Non-Disney)

Animation comes in many forms, as evident from the films listed here. They can be inspired from strip-action series like Japanese manga or graphic novels. They can be shot in live-action and later converted to animation using rotoscoping technology or they can be created using water colors. Other times, they involve the painstaking art of […]

Circuit Breaker Episode 31: Final Predictions for Oscars 2017

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson and Joey Magidson. We discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday. Find us on Twitter at @Circuit_Pod, email us at, and […]

Can ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Beat ‘Zootopia’ in Animated Feature?

There was quite a bit of shock when “Kubo and the Two Strings” nabbed the second visual effects Oscar nomination for an animated film, the first since “Nightmare Before Christmas” in 1993. Only “Moana” and “Kubo and the Two Strings” were mentioned elsewhere in addition to the Animated Feature category. Best Animated Feature frontrunner, “Zootopia,” on […]

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Visual Effects Society Nominations – ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Slay

The Visual Effects Society weighed in with their picks in film and television today. “Rogue One” led the film pack with seven total nods, with “Doctor Strange” and “The Jungle Book” receiving six each. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” throttled the competition on the TV side. The show received a whopping 11 nominations. On the animated […]

BEST OF 2016: Personal Ballot of the Year

To start, and to simply put…this list is mine. Lots of thought and commentary went into naming the very best films and performances of 2016. Some were no-brainers, others were much more difficult. Even more commentary will be shared on Friday when the winners are announced, along with the order of the Top 10 Films of […]

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‘Jungle Book,’ ‘Kubo,’ ‘Rogue One’ Among Shortlist for Best Visual Effects

“The Jungle Book,” “Kubo and the Two Strings” and “Rogue One” are advancing in the Best Visual Effects Oscar race. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 20-film shortlist for the category Friday. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the inclusion of “Kubo” is notable because it’s unusual for an animated film to make […]

Community: What Were Your Favorite NBR Citations?

This week the National Board of Review released their picks for the best in cinema for 2016. Overall, the NBR’s picks seem to be well received with a few glaring exceptions. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was the “Fences” shutout. Still, there were plenty of nominations to be excited about. With this in […]

OSCARS: Deconstructing the NBR Winners and What it Means to the Oscar Race

As you’ve likely seen already, “Manchester by the Sea” took home four prizes this afternoon from the National Board of Review, picking up citations for Best Film, Best Actor for Casey Affleck, Best Original Screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan and Breakthrough Performance (Male) for Lucas Hedges. Co-distributors Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions must be feeling excellent at […]

Annie Nominations Announced – ‘Zootopia’ Leads With ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Close Behind

Check out the full nominations for the Annie Awards, courtesy of Variety.: Check out the latest Oscar Predictions for Animated Feature Best Animated Feature “Finding Dory,” Pixar Animation Studios “Kubo and the Two Strings,” Laika “Kung Fu Panda 3,” DreamWorks Animation “Moana,” Walt Disney Animation “Zootopia,” Walt Disney Animation Best Animated Feature – Independent “Long […]

Box Office: ‘Magnificent Seven’ Holds Off ‘Storks’ for Top Spot

(SEPTEMBER 23 – SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 estimates) “The Magnificent Seven” (Opening) – $35,000,000 “Storks” (Opening) – $21,805,000 “Sully” (Week 3) – $13,830,000 “Bridget Jones’s Baby” (Week 2) – $4,520,000 “Snowden” (Week 2) – $4,144,989 “Blair Witch” (Week 2) – $3,950,000 “Don’t Breathe” (Week 5) – $3,800,000 “Suicide Squad” (Week 8) – $3,110,000 “When the Bough […]

Box Office: ‘Sully’ Flies Over Newcomers

(SEPTEMBER 16 – SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 estimates) “Sully” (Week 2) – $22,000,000 “Blair Witch” (Opening) – $9,650,000 “Bridget Jones’s Baby” (Opening) – $8,240,715 “Snowden” (Opening) – $8,023,329 “Don’t Breathe” (Week 4) – $5,600,000 “When the Bough Breaks” (Week 2) – $5,525,000 “Suicide Squad” (Week 7) – $4,710,000 “The Wild Life” (Week 2) – $2,650,000 “Kubo […]

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Box Office Report: Tom Hanks’ ‘Sully’ Takes Off

(SEPTEMBER 9 – SEPTEMBER 11, 2016 estimates) Sully (Opening) – $35,505,000 When the Bough Breaks (Opening) – $15,000,000 Don’t Breathe (Week 3) – $8,210,000 Suicide Squad (Week 6) – $5,650,000 The Wild Life (Opening) – $3,400,000 Kubo and the Two Strings (Week 4) – $3,230,000 Pete’s Dragon (Week 5) – $2,938,000 Bad Moms (Week 7) […]

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Box Office: Newcomers Disappoint on Labor Day Weekend

(SEPTEMBER 2 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2016 estimates/SEPTEMBER 2 – SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 estimates) Don’t Breathe (Week 2) – $15,800,000/$19,550,000 Suicide Squad (Week 5) – $9,825,000/$12,800,000 Kubo and the Two Strings (Week 3) – $6,391,000/$8,537,000 Pete’s Dragon (Week 4) – $6,227,000/$8,583,000 Sausage Party (Week 4) – $5,200,000/$6,500,000 Bad Moms (Week 6) – $4,760,000/$6,000,000 War Dogs (Week […]

Box Office: “Don’t Breathe” scares Audiences into Theaters

(AUGUST 26 – AUGUST 28, 2016 estimates) Don’t Breathe (Opening) – $26,115,000 Suicide Squad (Week 4) – $12,110,000 Kubo and the Two Strings (Week 2) – $7,909,000 Sausage Party (Week 3) – $7,665,000 Mechanic: Resurrection (Opening) – 7,500,000 Pete’s Dragon (Week 3) – $7,282,000 War Dogs (Week 2) – $7,255,000 Bad Moms (Week 5) – […]

Box Office: “Ben-Hur” proves to be an epic failure

(AUGUST 19 – AUGUST 21, 2016 estimates) Suicide Squad (Week 3) – $20,710,000 Sausage Party (Week 2) – $15,325,000 War Dogs (Opening) – $14,300,000 Kubo and the Two Strings (Opening) – $12,610,000 Ben-Hur (Opening) – $11,350,000 Pete’s Dragon (Week 2) – $11,331,000 Bad Moms (Week 4) – $8,068,000 Jason Bourne (Week 4) – $7,980,000 The […]

Oscar Circuit: An Original Raunchy Song Contender and Meryl Streep’s 20th?

With outlets packing their bags, and securing their itineraries in order to head off to Venice and Telluride, the August cinematic landscape has rounded out an enjoyable summer.  This past weekend, the R-rated “Sausage Party” cooked up some impressive money over the weekend.  The raunchy gem, directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon, emerged itself […]

Community: What is your favorite Stop-Motion film?

Since 1912, stop motion animation has been used by filmmakers around the world to bring their stories to life. In 1917, Argentine filmmakers used stop motion animation to develop the first feature animated film in history, “El Apostol.” Since that time, dozens of stories have utilized stop motion to deliver cinematic journeys. We’ve seen stop […]