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The Intouchables Review

I can’t count the number of acclaimed foreign films centered on characters who cannot mobilize half or all their limbs on one hand—if you’ll excuse the awkward phrasing. “The Intouchables” appears to be just another one of those bizarre common niche films, and in many ways it boils down to just that. But with memorable, […]

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The Croods Review

The incredible visual quality of CGI-animated films these days has been hiding from no one. With a blank canvas, Pixar, DreamWorks, Blue Sky Studios and others have been able to spark the imagination in ways live action films have yet to manage (outside of “Avatar”). “The Croods” is the latest DreamWorks offering to impose its […]

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Oz the Great and Powerful Review

“The Wizard of Oz” is one of the oldest films in existence that can be described as truly magical. L. Frank Baum’s story has sparked the imaginations of countless, young and old, thanks to the 1939 film. Disney and Sam Raimi have teamed up for “Oz the Great and Powerful” in hopes of recreating some […]

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Dredd Review

My how things would be different today if in 1995, instead of getting Sylvester Stallone in “Judge Dredd,” we were treated to director Pete Travis’ “Dredd.” And I’m not just talking about visual effects advances in the last 17 years. “Dredd,” starring Karl Urban as the helmeted anti- hero, does classic, ’80s and ’90s-style action […]

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Warm Bodies Review

The zombie genre has gone the way of vampires lately, except that it managed to dodge the romance bits — until now. Yes, it’s even possible for the undead to fall in love, though considerably more difficult. “Warm Bodies” introduces the zombie romantic comedy (yes, zom-rom-com), and despite all the ways that in name alone […]

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Side Effects Review

Advertisements for anti-depression or anti-anxiety medications are all over television, and when the announcer rattles off the two-dozen or so horrific-sounding side effects, you can’t help but think about taking your chances and sticking with the depression. “Side Effects” explores the dangers of these drugs — and they go beyond the warnings on the label.

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End of Watch Review

If I were to pitch you a movie about two police officers who are partners on patrol in South Central Los Angeles, one of your first inclinations might be “not another buddy copy comedy.” While “End of Watch” is often funny, the newest film from “Training Day” writer David Ayer, is no comedy.

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Why Everyone Wants to Be Best Friends with Jennifer Lawrence

When newly minted Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence tripped on the steps up to the Dolby Theatre stage on Sunday, you could hear the rumble in the tabloid Twitter-verse as Hollywood followers raced to call out the gaffe and smear Lawrence’s embarrassment all over the Internet. To casual Oscar viewers and those whose attention to celebrity […]

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Oscars 2013: Final Thoughts

Crazy to think that this is my fourth time wrapping up Movie Muse’s Oscar coverage, but here we are, another awards season gone by. This year was highly unusual in that there were so many good films and performances, but there was never really a clear favorite for Best Picture, even with “Argo” sweeping all […]

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Oscars 2013: The Winners – ‘Argo’ Victorious, ‘Life of Pi’ Shines

It was “Argo’s” big night at the 85th Academy Awards, but it was “Life of Pi” that won the most awards on the night with four, including Ang Lee winning his second Best Director statuette (with neither film having won Best Picture, something that hasn’t happend to a two-time Best Director winner since George Stevens […]

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Oscars 2013 Predictions

The time has come. Here is my full list of Oscar predictions for every category. You can click the links to read a more thorough analysis of each category.

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Oscars 2013: Best Picture Prediction

If you’ve been paying even unconscious attention to this year’s Oscars, you know who the frontrunner is for Best Picture. Sometimes it takes a longer time than usual for one to emerge, but there always appears to be consensus, even in a year with so much depth in the Best Picture category.

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Oscars 2013: Best Director Prediction

If the Oscars started and ended with the announcement of nominees, you’d call it a strange year for the Oscars, just by the handling of the Best Director nominations. The final list of five is somewhat mystifying, let alone figuring out who will win the damn thing.

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Oscars 2013: Best Actress Prediction

Last year, Meryl Streep took home Oscar number three, emerging victorious on a list of incredible vets. Well, this year the picture looks quite different. It’s mostly time for the fresher faces in Hollywood to get a shot, but you can only half say that, as the category also boasts the oldest and youngest nominees […]

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Oscars 2013: Best Actor Prediction

I can’t recall a group of five performances this strong in which the outcome was so obvious. It’s a shame that no one is really talking about the triumphs of the other non-hyphenated actors in this category because in the prediction business, all we care about is who has a shot.

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