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REVIEW: Lawless

John Hillcoat has carved out a place in contemporary cinema that speaks to a bygone era where manhood and violence was a product of meditative poetry. Every straight-forward gush of blood in The Proposition or cold, desperate murder in The … Continue reading

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John Hawkes in The Sessions

With two recent, staggering performances in Winter’s Bone and Martha Marcy May Marlene, John Hawkes has emerged as one of the most important, if still somewhat unrecognized, actors working today. His newest film, The Sessions, has Oscar material written all over … Continue reading

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Can a Doc Compete for Oscar?

When former Academy president Tom Sherak announced that the Oscars would move to a ten-film format, he stated the reasoning was to include “other types of films,” such as “animated films, blockbusters, and documentaries.” The former was immediately awarded a … Continue reading

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OSCAR FORECAST: Best Picture 2013

Best Picture Predictions (08/27/12): Lincoln Les Miserables Anna Karenina Promised Land Beasts of the Southern Wild Argo Life of Pi We’re on the precipice of another awards season and the system has started to syphon out its usual contenders. You … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Cosmopolis

In David Cronenberg’s wildly imagined, but eerily familiar, version of New York City, the streets are filled with limousines that cart around billionaires and taxicabs driven by formerly impoverished immigrants. Cosmopolis, a faithful adaptation of brilliant social critic, Don Dellilo’s … Continue reading

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Dragon Tattoo & Tinker Tailor: What’s Inside a Spy?

Increasingly western filmmakers have grown fascinated with technology, science, and the creation of mechanisms used to help us or, in most cases, destroy us. Christopher Nolan’s narratives spend much of their screen time proclaiming schemes and rules that the characters … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Queen of Versailles

Throughout Lauren Greenfield’s charming, yet dispiriting, film, The Queen of Versailles, I couldn’t help but come back to the same thought: Are the kids really all right? As these children, all eight of them, walked around their mansion, aimless as robots, … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Savages

The first act of Savages does the unthinkable for a contemporary American picture: takes it’s time to establish characters and interpersonal relationships. The patience shown by director Oliver Stone was a nice way to wash away the one-shot-at-a-time energy of … Continue reading

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FINAL 2012 OSCAR NOMINATIONS PREDICTIONS

For me, the months leading up to the Oscar nomination announcement are generally the most fun. At that time you can scramble to see what’s taken seriously, what’s coming out, what little film has mainstream potential and, inevitably, what classic … Continue reading

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REVIEW: My Week with Marilyn

Marilyn Monroe was a unique and irreplaceable breed of human. Not only did she possess the unequalled natural ability to be both intoxicated as a sexual goddess whilst also maintaining a sense of child-like innocence (the simplest reasons men were … Continue reading

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