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    Top 10: From Mozart to NWA, the Best Music Biopics So Far

    Who doesn’t love a good music biopic? This subgenre has all the ingredients of what people love about the movies. The central roles give A-list actors the chance to transform into a similarly physical music artist. People get to hear their favorite songs dramatized into cinema. For a while, these films seemed like automatic dead […] More

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    Weekend Openings: Welcome to January

    This weekend, there’s actually a worthwhile January release to speak of hitting theaters. That in and of itself is cause for celebration. Granted, it’s really one and done in terms of quality, but still. We take what we can get in early January. 2017 will be off to a better than expected start, even if […] More

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    Film Review: Chi-Raq (★★½)

    Filmmaker Spike Lee is always at his most interesting when he’s dealing with anger in some way. That doesn’t necessarily always mean that it’s going to amount to a good movie, as for every Do the Right Thing there’s a Red Hook Summer, but Chi-Raq sort of walks the line between those two. It’s one […] More

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    Film Review: Shanghai (★★)

    For those of you who have been following The Awards Circuit for many years now (probably even going back to the days of The Oscar Igloo), this title might be familiar to you. Yes, for a number of years, starting around 2009 or 2010, I’d predict John Cusack to get his first Oscar nomination for […] More

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    INTERVIEW: John Cusack talks his career and ‘Love & Mercy’

    For years now, few have fascinated me in the industry more than John Cusack. Always seemingly interested in projects just a shade off from what you’d expect out of him, Cusack has consistently been one of my favorite actors, but even I’ve been hoping for another powerhouse role for him. Luckily, Love & Mercy offers […] More

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    Film Review: Love and Mercy (★★★)

    Finally! After what seems like a lifetime, John Cusack finally has a meaty role to play again. In addition, Paul Dano gets one of his best roles to date, which makes the musical pseudo-biopic Love & Mercy a real treat. I really liked a lot of what director Bill Pohlad and co-writer Oren Moverman (along […] More

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    Film Review #2: Maps to the Stars (★★½)

    (For another take, read Clayton’s review of Map to the Stars from the 2014 New York Film Festival.) The latest film from director David Cronenberg, the satire Maps to the Stars is the very definition of a mixed bag. On the one hand, it’s probably Cronenberg’s best movie since A History of Violence, and features the […] More

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    First Trailer for the Brian Wilson biopic ‘Love & Mercy’ drops

    Now that we’re actually into the next awards season (even though many people don’t want to even pretend that that’s the case…but it is, especially since more and more early year releases are scoring with Oscar), it makes perfect sense that the First Trailer has dropped for the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy. Purported […] More

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    New Trailer and Poster for ‘Map to the Stars’ Starring Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, and John Cusack

    Julianne Moore won the Best Actress Award at the 67th Cannes Film Festival and has received a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy ——————————— Focus World will release MAPS TO THE STARS in the US in Theaters, On Demand and iTunes on February 27, 2015 Synopsis: Meet the Weiss […] More

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