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    Six Circuit: Which 2013 Adapted Screenplay Missed Out on a Nomination?

    Welcome to the thirty-eighth entry in our Six Circuit series. Our focus this week goes to the 2013 Best Adapted Screenplay race. This year’s Oscar nominations went almost exclusively to the same movies. Of the twenty acting nominees, only ten different movies were represented. Of those ten movies, eight of them were Best Picture nominees. […] More

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    New Blu-ray/DVD Releases (04/25/17) – One Last Round of Applause for ‘La La Land’

    This week, what may wind up being Damien Chazelle‘s masterpiece hits Blu-ray/DVD in “La La Land.” It’s easily the highest profile title being released today, so let us start from there and celebrate once more one of 2016’s crowning achievements! PICK OF THE WEEK “La La Land” A film made to be celebrated and revisited […] More

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    USC Scripter Awards John Ridley and ’12 Years a Slave’

    John Ridley and his 12 Years a Slave script got a boost in its quest to win the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar last night when it took home the USC Scripter Award. 12 Years a Slave now seems poised to hold off Captain Phillips (written by Billy Ray) and Philomena (written by Steve Coogan and […] More

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    Best of 2013: Davis Awards Choose Breakthrough and Body of Work Mentions

    The next phase of the Best of the Year citations continue with some highlights of many actors and actresses that will likely not get too many mentions at the end of the awards season, at least where it counts.  Many performers made their breakthrough in either their first feature performances or were finally given a […] 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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    The Spectacular Now (***½)

    The very best film that I saw back at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, The Spectacular Now is one of the strongest coming of age stories that we’ve had this decade and easily one of the best films of the year so far (as well as the only film I’ve been moved enough […] More

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    Weekend Openings – (8/2/2013)

    As good as always, Denzel finds a new buddy to team up with in his frequent do-gooding escapades, this time with Mark Wahlberg, as they stylishly wield their 2 Guns against crime. The weekend wouldn’t be complete without another, painstakingly bad animation and a un-asked-for sequel (because the first was so good?) in The Smurfs […] More

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    Watch a Clip From ‘The Spectacular Now’ Titled “First Kiss”

    We have the first clip from A24’s The Spectacular Now, starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. The clip features their first kiss in the film, in a sequence that director James Ponsoldt calls “one of my favorite scenes in the entire movie… To put it simply… it actually feels like two people falling for each other.” Brie Larson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, […] More

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    Landmark Theaters Kicks Off “The Spectacular Classics” Screening Series

    Landmark Theaters across the country have started a film series for the month of July titled The Spectacular Classics, which will focus on coming-of-age movies like Say Anything and The Breakfast Club, and lead up to the theatrical release of The Spectacular Now on August 2.  Below is the schedule and select cities that the […] 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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