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Spring Movie Preview: 10 Films for Spring Pt. 2

Ah, here we go. Five movies to really look forward to these next couple of months. If you didn’t see the first half of my top ten, click the link. I think at least three of these movies will be very good. Not just good, very good. Can’t exactly say which ones although I could […]

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Oscars 2010: Best Director Prediction

Here comes the good stuff. Director is the only glorified job in film behind the camera. Sure, everyone knows a few good famous score composers or a few writers here and there when someone like Diablo Cody gets an Oscar, but director counts. And rightfully so, as much as I like to pull for the […]

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Spring Movie Preview: 5 Films not worth your Green

Winter might be the queen of bad movie season, but spring has plenty of weeds in need of killing too, you just have to squint a little harder. Rainy days in spiring lure a lot of moviegoers into bad films, but you can keep that umbrella for when you’ll really need it if you follow […]

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Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – 4.5/5 Stars

It doesn’t seem like a stretch to suggest that America might now be ready to embrace films in the style of India’s Bollywood films. While “Slumdog Millionaire” is far from a Bollywood tragic love story filled with singing and dancing, the way director Danny Boyle will rivet audiences with his film that is authentic to […]

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Oscars 2010: Best Supporting Actress and Actor

Although the leading performances get all the glamor and attention, supporting actors and actresses are the best. They go to those characters that steal scenes, people playing incredibly convincing character roles or even impersonations. Sometimes they’re so good like in a year such as this one that there’s one clear favorite.

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Weekend Recap: BO doesn’t Cop Out or go Crazy

Nailed it. After last week’s predictions gone awry, I perfectly predicted the Top 5 films at the box office though I was a bit generous on the amount of money I estimated they would make. Shutter Island was king again this week, making it the most successful in terms of No. 1 films since Avatar, […]

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Spring Movie Preview: 10 Films for Spring Pt. 1

Spring is in the air! Well, almost. Certainly can’t hurt to pretend, at least for the sake of my Spring Preview. March and April tend to pack the first decent big commercial releases of the year. Truthfully, ever since 300 had a huge opening weekend in March of 2007, everyone’s been trying to find a […]

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Oscars 2010: Best Foreign Language Film

We often forget that the Oscars are primarily a celebration of American cinema and American opinions about other country’s cinema. Thus, we have the “Best Foreign Language Film of the Year” category. With 10 Best Picture nominees, we might not be long for a debate about whether Foreign films should count. For example, you can’t […]

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Oscars 2010: Best Animated Feature

What a year for animation. I mentioned it back when I did my 2009 Year in Review but I can’t state it enough. With the advances in CGI and some of the brightest minds in filmmaking (namely the folks at Pixar and one could argue James Cameron), the animated storytelling medium is rivaling its live […]

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Review: An Education

It’s easy to forget that “An Education” takes place nearly a half century ago. The coming-of- age of a 16-year-old girl is one thing, but in the context of the 1960s, it’s a whole other ordeal. The way women’s roles have changed in society over the years is staggering and “An Education” is a reminder […]

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Review: Burma VJ

I saw this back at Columbia, Missouri’s True/False film festival in February 2009. Now it’s Oscar-nominated. I wrote up a short review at the time. The Western world concerns itself with issues like that of bias in the media. In Burma, journalism is illegal. The impact of “Burma VJ” is pretty straightforward. These VJs, living […]

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Oscars 2010: Documentary Features and Shorts

A lot of people who love movies leave out one genre in particular: documentaries. I always try to include the most compelling documentaries of each year into my steady diet of movie-watching. I usually end up watching about two every three months or so. As a journalist and cinephile, I’m obligated to like documentaries. I […]

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Weekend Preview (2.26.10)

Wow, already we enter the last weekend of the winter period for movies. Don’t worry, I’m fully aware winter weather isn’t going anywhere, sadly enough, but with March around the corner some slightly more interesting films are just weeks away. For now, however, we get a buddy cop comedy starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan […]

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The Wolfman Review

The goals of today’s reboots have been to update the originals with the special effects of the modern era and add complexity and depth to cinema’s most memorable characters. This is only half true for Universal’s long-delayed “The Wolfman” remake. The full-moon transformations of man to werewolf are enhanced with top-notch gruesome CGI, but the […]

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Oscars 2010: Animated and Live Action Short Films

Short films are on the rise. There have always been short films and most feature filmmakers got their start by making short films since they’re easy on the pockets if you’re an amateur, but in our YouTube video society, there’s an interest in short films. You can find virtually anyone’s short film on the Internet […]

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