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    Film Review: Mommy (★★★)

    Out of all the films in 2014, Canadian prodigy Xavier Dolan‘s “Mommy” wasn’t part of the awards circuit, nor did it feature a cast of familiar names to give it the push that smaller films like these need during awards season when accolades and positive praise are paramount in entailing more audiences to see it, […] More

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    2015 ICS Award Nominees Led by ‘Stranger by the Lake’ and ‘Mommy’

    Honoring films released in the USA in 2014. Winners of the 12th ICS Awards will be announced on February 20, 2015. PICTURE • Boyhood • The Grand Budapest Hotel • Goodbye to Language • The Immigrant • Inherent Vice • Mommy • Mr. Turner • Only Lovers Left Alive • Stranger by the Lake • […] More

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    Online Film Critics Association Nominations – ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Makes a Case

    The Online Film Critics Association (which our own Kristen Lopez is a member) announced their nominees today.  As expected “Boyhood” leads the way in nomination tally but following close behind is Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” With a group that has well over 200 members, it’s refreshing to see that they make some interesting […] More

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    AFI Fest Film Review: Mommy (★★★★)

    Exquisitely directed by auteur extraordinaire Xavier Dolan, Mommy is a spellbinding trip that takes us through the peaks and valleys of single mother parenthood. No film from this year has touched me so profoundly, its zest for life and love unwaveringly committed. Visually and sonically charged sequences will you leave in a state of bliss […] More


    2014 Foreign Oscar Guide: The Cannes-didates

    The beaches, the glitz, the glamour, the history, the prestige. It’s no wonder that so many international directors choose to launch their films at the Cannes Film Festival. Over the years, the foreign language Oscar race has become increasingly populated with films that made their bow on the French Riviera. With 11 Cannes premieres submitted […] More

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    2014 Foreign Oscar Guide: LGBT Stories and Filmmakers

    One of the great things about the Foreign Language Film category is the wide range of cultures and perspectives that it introduces us to. This year, one of those notable perspectives is that of the worldwide LGBT community. Of the 83 submitted films, 4 of them prominently feature gay themes in their narratives while 2 […] More

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    Oscar Circuit: Is ‘A Most Violent Year’ About to Crash the Party?

    There’s a storm coming, and it’s called the AFI Film Festival which kicks off on Thursday with the World Premiere of J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” which had a full trailer premiere earlier today.  We are in desperate need of a big shake up in the races just on pure entertainment purposes.  There’s a […] More

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    Trailer for Xavier Dolan’s ‘Mommy’ – Opening January 2015

    Presented by Lionsgate & Roadside Attractions Written and Directed by Xavier Dolan Starring Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clement, Alexandre Goyette, and Patrick Huard A feisty widowed single mom finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son. As they struggle to make ends meet, Kyla, the peculiar new neighbor across […] More

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    OSCARS or NOT: Top 50 Films You Need to See for the Fall

    This week we have the official kick off to awards season with the Telluride Film Festival starting for critics everywhere.  Films will be “secretly” screened, buzz will reach a fever pitch for certain films, and some films will fall on their face.  It’s the nature of the game.  The entire staff of has put […] More

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    Oscars 2014: New Faces, Few Spaces

    OSCAR CIRCUIT: A few changes have occurred in the 2014 Oscar Predictions.  Rumors of Saul Dibb‘s Suite Francaise, Todd Haynes’ Carol, and Justin Kurzel‘s MacBeth moving to 2015 have floated around so I jumped the gun and removed them from the predictions.  Sadly on the surface, with those three big films moving, I’m beginning to […] More

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