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Circuit Breaker Episode 11: The Overdue Narrative, Acting Categories and NYFF

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from AwardsCircuit.com 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 podcast@awardscircuit.com, and […]

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NYFF Film Review: ‘Moonlight’ Captures Urban Truth in a Masterful Manner

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2016: A magnificent portrait of urban life, Barry Jenkins‘ astounding “Moonlight” captures the essence of a generation. Acting as urban cinema’s “Brokeback Mountain” and “Boyhood,” it’s as if we got to see “Ennis” and “Mason” grow up in a different culture and era. In this case, it’s even more powerful and profound. […]

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Oscar Circuit: Could Viola Davis See a Best Supporting Actress Campaign?

In a world where the internet explodes with rage over the negative feedback over “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” or the latest incoherent thought from a presidential candidate that gets his hair disheveled on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” we approach the point in the early awards season where film campaigns begin to […]

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WATCH: ‘Collateral Beauty’ Trailer With Will Smith, Helen Mirren and More

It has been quite a while since any news of “Collateral Beauty” has been announced. The dry spell is officially snapped, however, as the full-length trailer for the film released today. “Collateral Beauty” follows a New York ad man (Will Smith) on a downward spiral after a personal tragedy. His colleagues devise a unique plan to help […]

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OSCARS: Season Kicks Off With Contenders at Telluride and Venice

2016 OSCAR CIRCUIT: The Oscar season officially kicked off this past weekend with Telluride and Venice, and now we’re sifting through the debris and the noise. A lot of leading contenders are pleading their cases for what is sure to be an exciting and unpredictable awards season. Venice kicked things off with “La La Land” […]

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Circuit Chat: Fanning v. Fanning Face-Off in Supporting Actress?

Welcome to Circuit Chat!  Each Wednesday that Circuit Chat lands, we’ll be talking about a specific category either in depth or a particular film or narrative taking place through the season.  Think of this as Clayton’s Oscar Circuit, but about one race rather than all of them!  For example: the potentially historic strength of the Best Actress […]

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Circuit Breaker Podcast Episode 6: Summer Oscars, NYFF Lineup, and Alfred Hitchcock

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!“, a weekly podcast from AwardsCircuit.com 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 podcast@awardscircuit.com, and […]

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WATCH: First Breathtaking Trailer for ‘Moonlight’ from A24

Today, A24 released the poster and trailer for its very first production “Moonlight” from writer/director Barry Jenkins. Early rumblings have already suggested that a strong Oscar player is in our midst with suggested standout performances from Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris. Check out the trailer below: Look at the latest Oscar Predictions and see where […]

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Film Review: Spectre (★★★)

In many ways, the modern incarnation of the James Bond character has finally collided with the classic 007 in Spectre. The result isn’t nearly the success that Casino Royale or Skyfall was, though this Bond flick is not without its charms (and much better than Quantum of Solace). Daniel Craig is more at ease with […]

Film Review: Southpaw (★★★)

The right casting can often make all the difference when it comes to a slightly generic film. In the case of Southpaw, while you can tell that this was initially designed as a starring vehicle for rapper Eminem (who contributes to the soundtrack instead), having Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead boosts this in a rather […]

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AFI Fest: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (★★)

I know, I know. I’m shocked too. The last thing I’d ever want to do is slam a film dedicated to the heroic liberator of South Africa, the beyond incredible Nelson Mandela. But unfortunately director Justin Chadwick has created a thoroughly average, lethargically paced, overly repetitive biopic that feels so much longer than its 146 […]