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Oscars 2011: Best Picture and Predictions List

Well, the moment some of you have been waiting for, my Best Picture prediction. But rather than give it to you plain and simple, I will explain to you how you can impress your present company during the ceremony. There should be a few telltale signs of how the big categories will turn out. I […]

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Review: Hall Pass

Some things don’t belong together. Most people, I think, would put human defecation and married couples rekindling their romance in that category. Just don’t tell the Farrelly Brothers that, because such things are their bread and butter and they’ve slathered it up again for “Hall Pass.”

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Oscars 2011: Best Director Prediction

One of the fiercest duels at the Academy Awards on Sunday night will be for Best Director. The category probably has the most prestige of any Oscar presented and usually serves as an indicator of Best Picture. The tale behind last year’s battle, two filmmakers (Kathryn Bigelow and James Cameron) at one point married to […]

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Weekend Movie Preview (2.25.11)

Our last winter weekend has arrived and thank goodness. No films have been very good thus far in 2011. A couple have been decent-to-good like “The Green Hornet” and “The Eagle” (most would disagree with me on the latter it seems), but nothing has surprised in a pleasant way. This weekend last year, “Shutter Island’ […]

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Oscars 2011: Best Actor and Actress Predictions

And this is where the Oscars officially become a popularity contest. They should really rename these categories “Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role Who Deserves an Award.” No, the “deserves a reward part” doesn’t necessarily mean for that performance, but for their career. That’s especially the case for Best Actor, because there […]

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Get teased by “The Hangover: Part II”

I don’t know whether to consider this first teaser for “The Hangover: Part II” a trailer or a public service announcement that comedy’s biggest sequel in recent memory is coming in a few months. If you didn’t know that Memorial Day weekend would bring us the sequel to cinema’s most successful R-rated comedy ever, then […]

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Ranking the Farrelly Brothers’ Comedies

One of the most influential last names in movie comedy that gets the least recognition is “Farrelly.” Maybe its because Bobby and Peter’s films have gotten progressively less popular with fans and critics in the 15-plus years they’ve been making them. Maybe it’s because their motto is probably something along the lines of “goofiness and […]

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Archive Review: Dogtooth (2009)

Think your parents are/were overprotective? Not after “Dogtooth.” Giorgos Lanthimos’ film, the first Greek film to be nominated for an Oscar in more than 30 years, imagines the pinnacle of what sheltering and censorship of children would be like to an absurd degree. A strange and ruminating film that is as fascinating as it is […]

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Oscars 2011: Best Supporting Actor and Actress

In years such as this one, we’re reminded that “supporting actor” and “supporting actress” are mere distinguishing titles, because quite often we find that the supporting actors overshadow the leads or have a stronger voice in the film. A couple heavy contenders in these categories fit that bill, but rather than complain about not having […]

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On DVD: Exit Through the Gift Shop

“Exit Through the Gift Shop” might be the only documentary where the documentarian is more fascinating than the film — and the film is quite fascinating. A documentary about street art and the shadowy enigmatic figures that create it sounds interesting; a documentary about street art made by one of those shadowy figures sounds captivating.

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“Unknown” wins tight President’s Day weekend race

Three-day President’s Day totals were surprisingly low this weekend. Although last year combined Valentine’s and President’s Day weekends into one, this year still did about 30 percent less business. Unless you were a kids’ film (“Gnomeo & Juliet”), you finished way below expectations.

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Oscars 2011: Best Foreign and Animated Film

Currently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes two specific kinds of films as worthy of their own category: Foreign language film and animated film. Perhaps one day we’ll see a Comedy/Musical category or Independent category to give some recognition to films who never have a chance with the big boys/heavy-hitters, but that’s […]

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Oscars 2011: Best Documentary Feature & Short

If you thought I had no clue in the race for animated and live-action short films, let us move on to the documentary films, where my uncertainty trumps all. Many of these films are available on Netflix Instant Play, but I have yet to dive in — for shame. That certainly does not do how […]

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On DVD: Buried

Give Rodrigo Cortés credit: movie aside, few people could stand the thought of 90 minutes in a box with Ryan Reynolds. Not to jab at Reynolds’ talent, but most of his roles wear thin during the course of a movie and you can actually empathize with Paul Conroy. A Michigan- based truck driver, he’s on […]

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Oscars 2011: Live Action and Animated Shorts

In order to complete my predictions, I have to dive into these categories of live and animated shorts, and more often than not I cannot access them online. So, these are all researched guesses at best. If the 2011 Oscar Shorts are playing near you, I suggest you check it out if you’re more curious. […]

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