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    VENICE: Redgrave and Cronenberg to Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

    We’re only a couple of days away from the announcement of the full Venice Film Festival lineup. Some of the films that will screen at the festival have already been announced. Both “First Man“ and “A Star is Born“ have been confirmed for the festival, beginning their Oscar buzz in the process. With festivals, there are always […] More

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    NYFF Film Review: ‘Sea Sorrow’ Has Empathy But Lacks A Pulse

    2017 New York Film Festival: Legendary actress Vanessa Redgrave makes her directorial debut with “Sea Sorrow,” a documentary that she hopes comes across as an impassioned please for human rights. Unfortunately, despite the best of intentions, this comes across as little more than a glorified PSA. With lackluster editing, a sense of pretentiousness, and sloth […] More

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    2016 Oscar Circuit Guide: Award Hopefuls Debuting at Venice, TIFF, and NYFF

    The Oscar season will officially be underway this week with the start of the biggest festivals of the fall. Over the next four weeks we will venture off into the Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and New York Film Festival. This is a preview of the fall festivals and what […] More

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    Six Spot: Best Actress 1995 – Who Was the ‘Dead Girl’ Walking?

    Welcome back to Six Spot! Who were the unlucky people who clocked in at number six, just missing the coveted Oscar nomination? We’re here to solve the mystery. Click the link if you want to read back issues of Six Spot. This week, we are going to look at the Best Actress race of 1995, […] More

  • Film Review #2: Foxcatcher (★★½)

    AFI Film Festival: To quote a much different movie, “I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.” That’s the only way to explain the fact that people are falling over themselves in love with Bennett Miller‘s new film, Foxcatcher, while I’m sitting in the corner wondering what, exactly, I was supposed to like about it. The […] More

  • Film Review: Foxcatcher (★★★½)

    NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: A film that takes its time presenting its case, Bennett Miller’s wickedly brutal “Foxcatcher” entices audiences to learn more about the questions around us, and where they could lead.  Seated firmly in the center are a trio of dazzling performances from Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo, all of which […] More

  • OSCARS: Where are the “Suffering” Women in Best Supporting Actress?

    It’s time to look at the supporting ladies that may or may not have the goods to take on each other during this upcoming awards season.  The Academy Awards (or the Oscars) are a functioning salute to cinema and its new faces, which allows for some incredible choices for winners as we saw this past […] More

  • ‘Foxcatcher’ Premieres at Cannes – Oscars Come a Knockin’ for Miller and the Cast

    After what has felt like an eternity of a wait, Bennett Miller’s upcoming psychological thriller Foxcatcher has debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and the word is that we have an Oscar contender in our midst.  Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo, the film was originally slated for release last December before surprisingly […] More

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    Lee Daniels’ The Butler (★★★½)

    Lee Daniels’ The Butler is an easy film to appreciate on face value with its wonderful performances, strong production values, and creative team. However, it isn’t till about the last 30 minutes of the film that you realize you’ve been witnessing a nuanced dissection of intergenerational relationships, race relations and double consciousness, and then the […] More

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    Lee Daniels’ The Butler (**½)

    There are two very opposing viewpoints on display in Lee Daniels’ The Butler (from here on simply to be referred to once again as “The Butler,” for the most part at least). One is writer Danny Strong‘s take on the material he wrote about, while the other is director Lee Daniels‘ much different take. Over […] More

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