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Oscar Circuit: Best Director

And the nominees are: Amour – Michael Haneke Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin Life of Pi – Ang Lee Lincoln – Steven Spielberg Silver Linings Playbook...

Oscar 2013 Will Win/Should Win Selections(Terence)

(The annual “Will Win/Should Win” of the Awards Circuit has been our most popular yet most challenging series where each writer let’s their final thoughts be known...

National Society of Film Critics awards Haneke, Riva, and ‘Amour’

The Full Winners Are: Best Picture: “Amour” (28) Runners-up: “The Master” (25); “Zero Dark Thirty” (18) Best Director: Michael...

Weekend Openings: (12/19-12/21)

Having emerged as somewhat of the frontrunner in the awards race in recent weeks, Zero Dark Thirty opens to special limited engagements this week before nationwide...

Oscar Predictions include more ‘Beasts,’ ‘Master,’ and Dowd!

Short Oscar Circuit this week folks! As LAFCA, NYFCO, and BSFC all proved yesterday, you can’t keep a good ol’ film when its down.  The Master resurrected...

Bigelow and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ hit big with Washington Film Critics

Thanks to reader Jamie for the heads up! Washington Film Critics have announced their winners after just announcing their nominees a day ago.  Zero Dark Thirty emerged...

Bigelow and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ hit big with Washington Film Critics

Washington Film Critics have announced their winners after just announcing their nominees a day ago.  Zero Dark Thirty emerged victorious along with director Kathryn...

McConaughey and Weisz Surprise with NYFCC, Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln take 3 awards

The New York Film Critics have announced their winners for the best in cinema for 2012.  The East Coast group that awarded Best Picture to Michel Hazanavicius’...

Oscar Circuit – Music vs. History

With two (really one) contender left to be unveiled, this is the most exciting awards race I’ve covered in all my years of Oscar prognosticating.  Every category...

Sight and Sound critics name ‘The Master’ Best Film of 2012

Tis the season for critics groups to begin announcing their “Best of 2012” lists and one of the earliest announcements come from the Sight and Sound critics....

Oscar Circuit – “Master” of Networking?

As the awards season is underway, multiple scenarios are playing out in my mind suggesting what can occur for the remainder of the year.  Films like The Hobbit: An...

AFI Fest: Amour (**½)

As saddened as I am by this, I must report that Canne’s recent Palme d’Or recipient, Michael Haneke’s Amour, is one of the most disappointing efforts...

‘Amour’ leads European Film Awards with 6 nominations

With six nominations, Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winning film, Amour, leads the recently announced nominees for the European Film Awards. Receiving noms in...

Wrapping up the 50th New York Film Festival!

The 2012 New York Film Festival is now in the books ladies and gentleman, so there’s no better time to double back and take a look at what the 50th installment of...

BFI London Film Festival – DAY 1 (Part 2)

Following screenings of The Sessions and Frankenweenie come two foreign language offerings that both know how to make an impression… Amour (***) After seizing the...

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 23: NYFF Closing, Seth MacFarlane, Original Song category

The Awards Circuit staff puts together a packed agenda for your listening pleasure.  If this is your first time listening, The Awards Circuit Power Hour encompasses...

Top 100 Horror Films: #50-41

Welcome back to the top 100 horror film countdown! We got things kicked off in earnest earlier in the week with #100-51. But now it’s time to get serious and delve...

NYFF: ‘Not Fade Away’ disappoints, ‘Amour’ shines as the best of the festival!

Not Fade Away (★★) David Chase’s anticipated Not Fade Away not only jumbles itself into an indulgent story, constantly keeping the audience at an arm’s...

Oscar Circuit: “If I Had a Magic Lamp…”

Attempting to keep a pulse on the season has presented some challenges as of late for the 2013 Oscars and its predictions.  It can be argued that we don’t have...

Sizing Up: Best Director

Sizing Up Series continues with an in-depth look at the Director candidates for this year’s Oscar ceremony.  As was the case last year, there are a few things to...

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 20: TIFF Wrap-Up, Spots in the Oscar Race, Emmy Predix, ACCA Winners

It’s our 20th episode!!! We’re diving a bit deeper into the Oscar race and trying to sift out the contenders from the pretenders.  Accompaning myself is...

The Master (***½)

The Master is absolutely magnetic, orchestrated brilliantly by writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson and helmed by the commanding turns of Joaquin Phoenix and Philip...

Oscar Circuit: Resistance is Futile

As Telluride and Venice ended and we sit in the heat that is the Toronto Film Festival, I’m updating Oscar Predictions slowly but surely.  Screenings are...

TIFF: Haneke Speaks Volumes, Polley’s Third is a Home Run

Toronto Film Festival: Something extraordinary happened while screening Amour, the new film from Michael Haneke, something that has never happened to me before in a...

Main Slate for the 50th New York Film Festival is announced!

After a little bit of pondering on my part, the question of what will be playing this year at the New York Film Festival has now been answered. 32 films will comprise...