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Weekend Openings: 10/18/2013

One of the most anticipated awards season films makes its way to theaters this weekend with director Steve McQueen’s latest effort, 12 Years a Slave.  McQueen teams up with frequent collaborator Michael Fassbender, along with a powerful cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Sarah Paulson and Benedict Cumberbatch, in an effort that’s highly likely to draw in the praises of Oscar.  Also out is the remake of Carrie from the mind of Kimberly Peirce, one of many forthcoming Wikileaks/Julian Assange films, The Fifth Estate, Robert Redford’s solitary sea survival thriller, All Is Lost, and indie beatnik flick Kill Your Darlings.

12 Years a Slave

Language: English
Rating: R
Genre: Biography/Drama/History
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Oscar Potential: Rising young director Steve McQueen may reap in multiple nominations for his impressive cast and himself in major categories at the Oscars next year, including Director, Supporting Actor, and Adapted Screenplay.  Check out Clayton’s review from NYFF.

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Written by Nicole Melkonian

The first rule of film criticism is: you most definitely DO talk about film. An unassuming gladiator in the arena, this Space Monkey asks the important questions: Are you not entertained? Who's Zed? Are you an achiever? Initially well-versed in English literature, Nicole picked up movie quotes as a second tongue to marry together her deep-rooted appreciation for language and film. When not tallying Brad Pitt's countless and marvelously resonant instances of on-screen eating, your very own Remy is experimenting with exciting new recipes from Gusteau's cookbook. And when I have some more spare time? What am I doing? I'm quietly judging film. A disagreement, you say? Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

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