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12 Years a Slave Trailer

There may be no more personal, visceral, or artistic director currently circling the peripheries of mainstream pictures than Steve McQueen. While his newest, 12 Years a Slave, looks to be his most polished to date, his ascendance into this kind … Continue reading

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Oscar Predictions: Best Costume Design

Best Costume Nominees: Les Misérables, Paco Delgado Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran Lincoln, Joanna Johnston Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood This year’s Costume nominees come in two different phylums: 1800s Period Realism and Fantasy. That … Continue reading

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Oscar Predictions: Best Visual Effects

Best Visual Effects Nominees: Marvel’s The Avengers The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Life of Pi Prometheus Snow White and the Huntsman If there’s any category that seems like a lock, Best Visual Effects would be it. Pushing 3D technology to … Continue reading

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Foreign Film Oscar Race Narrows to Nine

I’m a little surprised by the exclusions of Barbara and Lore, but otherwise this list is about what was expected. Having recently seen War Witch and Kon-Tiki (both of which are quite good), I could see either getting into a … Continue reading

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Those Oscar Missed: Best Film Editing

CONTRIBUTED BY JAKE THOMPSON Best Film Editing is one of the more creative Oscar categories.  Film editing itself is an art form that is unique to cinema, although there is a similarity to the editing process when it comes to … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Oscars 2013 Predictions

With the SAG nominations announced and the Golden Globes in place, the dust has settled on the majority of major precursor awards. While this season’s “Oscar movies” aren’t the best slate we’ve seen, they do offer a diverse group. Most … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Oscars 2013 Predictions

Recent screenings of Les Misérables and Zero Dark Thirty have garnered positive buzz with each seeming to be declared locks for Best Picture nominations. The handful of people I know who have seen Les Miz are less than enthused about … Continue reading

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Why Lincoln Should Win Best Picture

What are the actual reasons that so many American film lovers keep coming back to the Oscars? Even those who know better (and this number is growing) still put stock in words like “Best Actor” and “Best Picture.” If you … Continue reading

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Growing Up With Death & Cell Phones: After Lucia (Después de Lucía)

An austere tone piece about the numbing effects of grief and the harm of childhood bullying, After Lucia paints a nightmarish portrait of contemporary Mexico City. The ‘Lucia’ of the title relates to the passing of a woman who’s survived … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Oscars 2013 Predictions

The premiere of Hitchcock was met with ecstatic reviews from some important critics and lukewarm responses from others. Most complaints seem to find the film thin, humorous, light, and plagued by conspicuous makeup. The consensus is that Helen Mirren has … Continue reading

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