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    STUDIO CIRCUIT: Did Warner Bros. Send a ‘Sniper’ To Eliminate the Competition?

    More FYC sites have launched and the Studio Circuit series ventures on.  Warner Bros. weighed in with a respective slate that includes “The LEGO Movie,” “The Judge,” “Inherent Vice,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” and “American Sniper.” Warner Bros. must be walking into the season feeling very confident.  Just last year, with eight […] More

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    Film Review: The Judge (★★½)

    There’s a really good movie buried somewhere within The Judge, I’m sure of that. There’s plenty of enjoyment in watching Robert Downey Jr. spar with Robert Duvall, but you often wish the situations they were in happened to be different…or at least more clever. Co-writer/director David Dobkin is transitioning from broad/raunchy comedy to earnest adult […] More

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    TIFF: ‘The Judge’ is in contempt of court

    Be sure to check out the Toronto reactions to Jason Reitman’s Men, Women, and Children in another post.  Also, be sure to check out Diana Drumm’s review of David Dobkin’s The Judge. Below are some insta-tweet reactions from the courtroom/family drama: The Judge: Flashback to 1993. Imagine My Cousin Vinny without comedy. #TIFF — Vince […] More

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    TIFF: Do ppl luv or h8 Men, Women & Children?

    Much like the insta-tweet reactions from last weekend’s Telluride, Awards Circuit brings you more insta-tweet reactions from the Toronto International Film Festival.  Toronto is often a very important place for Oscar-winning films to screen, as evidenced by recent Best Picture champs 12 Years a Slave, Argo, The Artist, The King’s Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog […] More

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    Are There Legitimate Musical/Comedy Contenders for the Golden Globes?

    The 2014 Musical/Comedy races at the Golden Globes look bleak. After one of the best Musical/Comedy fields in memory in 2014, it looks like we’re back to a crop of questionable inclusions and non-Oscar contenders. Below, I analyze Musical/Comedy contenders and pretenders for the Best Picture – Musical/Comedy, along with Best Actor and Best Actress […] 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


    Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 102: New Trailers, New Star Wars, and ACCA 1997 Winners Play in new window | Download (8.0KB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreWelcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. We have a jammed packed episode for you all today. We start […] More

  • OSCARS 2014: Films With the Strongest Chance at Acting Nods

    TOP TEN TUESDAY: As Cannes gets more and more press (and I get more and more jealous), I’ve decided to focus this edition of Top Ten Tuesday to the remaining slate of films set to open later this year.  Below, you will find my ten most anticipated films of the year featuring what I believe […] More

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    Awards Profile: The Judge

    Directed by: David Dobkin Written by: Nick Schenk, David Seidler, and Bill Dubuque Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Leighton Meester, Dax Shepard, Billy Bob Thornton, Melissa Leo, and Vincent D’Onofrio Synopsis: A successful lawyer (Downey Jr.)  returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is […] More

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    Assessing the 2014 Film Slate – Part 1 (Tracking a Future Oscar Contender)

    The off-season for any Oscar site can be very sad and lonely, no matter how satisfying or frustrating the preceding Oscar season was.  Here on the Awards Circuit, there’s no rest for the wicked.  Just two days after the Academy Awards ceremony, I revealed my Year-in-Advance predictions for this upcoming year which is, to be […] More

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