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    Film Review: Misanthropy and a “Wiener-Dog” make unexpected pair

    Before the screening of Todd Solondz’s latest film, “Wiener-Dog,” the filmmaker classified the film as a “comedy about despair.” No one could have summed up the film in such an apt manner. Who would’ve thought to pair an adorable dog with a series of misanthropes on their worst days? On many occasions it works, although […] More

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    Oscar Circuit: Best Adapted Screenplay

    Our look at the individual Oscar categories continues.  If you missed a piece, click on the tag titledOscar Circuit 2014.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Adapted Screenplay. And the Nominees are 12 Years a Slave – John Ridley OSCAR SCENE: Soloman says that he will survive Before Midnight – Julie […] More

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    Forest Whitaker to Receive Joel Siegel Award from BFCA; Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy Get LOUIS XIII Genius Award

    Read the Press Release: The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced that it will be honoring Forest Whitaker with the Joel Siegel Award, to be presented to him by his co-star in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Oprah Winfrey.  Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater will receive this year’s Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius […] More

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    15 Best Screenwriters of 2013

    Everyone has their favorite performances and their favorite films of the year but no one really gives their proper due to the writers of our beloved films that we’ve seen.  In a year where films exceeded many of our expectations, the screenwriters came through in a big way.  As AMPAS voters have their ballots and […] More

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    FYC: Reminders and Highlights from 2013 (Part 1)

    Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday but beginning on Monday, we’re back to the Oscar race.  Campaigns are in full swing, luncheons are happening daily on both coasts, and the precursor awards will start delivering starting with the Satellite Award nominations followed by New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review following.  Voting […] More

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    Oscar Updates Continue with Screenplays, Animated Feature, and Production Design

    Oscar Predictions continue here and with the acting categories getting the updates last week, I thought it was time to start breaking down the “non-major” categories in groups.  Honestly, these are some of the more exciting races because the technical merits of films this year have been the most astounding and have made this year […] More

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    Ten Best Studio Films – Sony Pictures Classics

    Last year, the staff and I gave you a comprehensive and personal list of our 10 Greatest Films of All-Time.  Some that means more to us than just the screen it’s plastered on, and some that have changed our way of thinking towards cinema forever.  While we will continue to dive deep into different areas of cinema, I’ve […] More

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    Highs and Lows of the First Half of 2013

    One of my annual traditions, this is my rundown of the best and worst things that I’ve seen during the first six months of 2013. As it stands, I’ve seen more than 130 films, and honestly, mostly I’ve come away pretty disappointed with the first half offerings. Usually I’ve got at least a few things […] More

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    Oscar Circuit – Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

    We are a few days away from the close of the second quarter and the first half of the 2013.  I think it’s safe to say, it’s been an uneventful stretch of cinematic wonders that can go the distance.  Some films lived up to their hype while many fell short or were simply flat-out poor […] More

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