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    Film Review: ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Sizzles with Josie Rourke’s Fiery Directorial Debut

    In a wicked display of tension and percolating drama, Josie Rourke‘s smartly effective and intoxicating “Mary Queen of Scots” showcases two grandiose performances from Academy Award nominees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. With a sumptuous backdrop of beautiful productions and stunning costumes, the film makes the most of its subconscious outlook on women’s roles in […] More

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    Circuit Breaker Episode 114: Female Producers, BIFA Nominations, and Spike Lee’s Chances

    http://traffic.libsyn.com/awardscircuit/Circuit_Breaker_11-4.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:08:20 — 93.8MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreWelcome 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, Joey Magidson, Chris James, and Karen Peterson. We […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Brings Rami Malek to the Forefront as Freddie Mercury is Displayed But Not Explored

    A standard formula for biopics is followed to the near percentage point in Bryan Singer‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (as also co-directed by Dexter Fletcher following Singer’s firing) starring Rami Malek as famed lead singer Freddie Mercury.  While the film’s clunky direction and eye-rolling scene setups are manifested, it’s the wondrous performance of Malek that makes it worth […] More

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    Middleburg Film Review: ‘A Private War’ Puts Rosamund Pike’s Best Attributes Front and Center

    2018 MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL: The narrative feature debut of Matthew Heineman, acclaimed and brilliant documentary filmmaker of “City of Ghosts” and “Cartel Land,” shines a light on one of the most endearing and renowned figures in journalism: Marie Colvin in “A Private War.”  Perhaps the best role of her career to date, Rosamund Pike is […] More

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    Middleburg Film Review: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Shows the Advantages of Privilege in a Dark Way

    2018 MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL: A peek inside the world of a very unlikable figure, Marielle Heller‘s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” paints the appropriate picture of a person unworthy of sentiment, let alone forgiveness. Not holding back on the raw, leaned-in truth of real-life figure Lee Israel, Heller ends up – though likely not intentional – […] More

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    Middleburg Film Review: ‘What They Had’ is Driven Home by Robert Forster’s Stand Out Work

    2018 MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL: A look at any family in a film must be compelling enough to hold its audience’s attention.  Thankfully, Elizabeth Chomko‘s tender and delicate “What They Had” packs a considerable amount of emotion and feeling to overcome its flaws. Headlined by a strong cast, with the likes of Robert Forster and Blythe Danner […] More

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    Emily Blunt Confirmed to Campaign in LEAD ACTRESS for ‘A Quiet Place’ while Olivia Colman is the Sole Lead in ‘The Favourite’

    The category placements for many would-be Oscar contenders have been the topic of conversation for weeks.  Scott Feinberg at The Hollywood Reporter reported today that Olivia Colman will be the sole lead campaign in “The Favourite” from Yorgos Lanthimos.  Her co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz will try their hand in supporting, a category that […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: ‘Private Life’ Charms with Kathryn Hahn Magnetizing

    2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: Tamara Jenkins highlights the use of awkwardness as a compelling narrative tool with her richly felt “Private Life.” Handling serious material in a humorous yet profound practice, Jenkins lifts the viewer to a cast of whimsical players including an always reliable Paul Giamatti, a heartfelt Kathryn Hahn, and a breakout […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Is a Thematically Charged Anthology Showcasing Tim Blake Nelson

    2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: In the offbeat, quirky nature of all Coen Brothers outings, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” has the life and energy we’ve come to love from the writing/directing duo.  Saturated with comical beats and heavenly production values, the film manifests its own identity, standing out in a year full of impressive […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: ‘Roma’ Is an Evocative, Uplifting View of Humanity

    2018 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: The beauty of life is hard to recreate, even in a film that uses moving pictures.  Writer/director Alfonso Cuarón has exercised his gifts in breathtaking outings including “Y Tu Mamá También,” “Children of Men,” and “Gravity.”  Never considering that he would raise the bar once again, his newest and most […] More

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