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69th Cannes International Film Festival Lineup Announced

The full lineup for the 69th Cannes International Film Festival was announced this morning in Paris. Steven Spielberg, Jodie Foster, Shane Black, Woody Allen, Sean Penn, Jeff Nichols, Pedro Almodovar, Xavier Dolan, the Dardenne brothers and Paul Verhoeven are just some of the directors who have films showing at the festival. In the out of […]

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Historical Circuit: U Turn (★★★★)

By 1997, Oliver Stone became the director known for railing about political conspiracies or governmental injustices in dramatic polemics like Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, and Nixon. In between those works were blaring, hyper hallucinogenic tales like Natural Born Killers and The Doors; U Turn lives in a happy medium between both types. Stone wanted […]

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Awards Profile: The Last Face

Welcome to the 2015 Awards Profiles series.  For the next two months, every day (except for Saturday), we will bring you a run down of a future 2015 film that we see as a potential awards vehicle for next year’s Academy Awards.  This is all speculative since with just about all these films, we haven’t seen a […]

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Awards Profile: Irrational Man

Welcome to the 2015 Awards Profiles series.  For the next two months, every day (except for Saturday), we will bring you a run down of a future 2015 film that we see as a potential awards vehicle for next year’s Academy Awards.  This is all speculative since with just about all these films, we haven’t seen a […]

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Film Review: The Gunman (★★)

It’s kind of surprising to me that director Pierre Morel hasn’t worked more consistently since shepherding the out of nowhere hit Taken to the big screen and launching veteran actor Liam Neeson as a newfound action hero. He didn’t helm either of the sequels Neeson trucked on with, and since then has actually only made […]

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Stat Awards Monday #1 – Making sense of the fresh faces in Best Actor

Welcome to Stat Awards Monday (or, SAM, for short—see what I did there?—I know, but just go with me here). In this new awards season weekly column for Awards Circuit, I—Sam—will be taking you on an investigation of interesting stats currently brewing in the Oscar race. Sometimes, it’ll be big (have the Oscars ever “split” […]

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Six Spot #6: Best Director 2007

Welcome back to The Six Spot!  In case you missed last week’s 2003 Best Actress Six Spot, you can catch it here. This week, we return to the Best Director race (thanks to @MovieNut14 for inspiring me).  While I knocked the 2011 awards season for failing to produce any real contenders aside from the Oscar-nominated […]

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Six Spot #2: Best Picture 2008

Welcome to the second Six Spot!  In case you missed the inaugural article last week, the Six Spot is a weekly column hypothesizing who or what would have been the 6th nominee in any given category in any given year.  Last week, we focused of the 1998 Best Actor race…but this week, we focus on […]

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AFI Fest: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (★★½)

I wanted to love every minute of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Instead, I quite enjoyed about half of this disjointed, uneven film from Ben Stiller. Walter Mitty (Stiller) is a daydreamer, frequently getting lost in a vivid imagination that includes daring rescues, amazing fights, and crazy adventures. These moments cause him to be […]

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (★★)

NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: The East Coast crowd was the first to finally get a look at Ben Stiller‘s long-awaited remake of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” in which he stars with Academy Award nominee Kristen Wiig and Academy Award winners Shirley MacLaine and Sean Penn.  Expectations were high following a trailer that wowed […]