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The Look of Silence

Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 88th Annual Academy Awards This film is a companion piece to the director’s (Joshua Oppenheimer) “The Act of Killing” from 2013, a film I reviewed here roughly two years ago. I found that film emotionally and spiritually devastating, and wrote at the time of how I wasn’t certain […]

Truth

It seems that I’m the only one appreciating Robert Redford’s late-career performing resurgence. He was Oscar-worthy in J.C. Chandor’s fine “All Is Lost” in 2013. He then played a slimy villain the following year in MCU’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. Redford will turn 80 in 2016, and he’s only been nominated for an acting […]

Steve Jobs

Nominated for Best Actor (Michael Fassbender) at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet) at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Mostly dismissed by movie audiences upon its autumn release, count me in the corner that believes that this could be renowned director Danny Boyle’s finest film. For 122 minutes, Boyle […]

The Revenant

Nominated for Best Picture at the 88th annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Director ( Alejandro G. Inarritu) at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy) at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) […]

Tomorrowland

 I’ve witnessed a lot of solid critics trying to justify Brad Bird’s overzealous “Tomorrowland”, from Walt Disney Studios. “It’s ambitious”, or “it’s heart is in the right place”, are among the decrees. But, just like it failed for audiences, it didn’t work for me either. Clunky, uneven, confusing, and overreaching–the entire enterprise just fall apart […]

Joy

  Nominated for Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) at the 88th Annual Academy Awards  I’m not certain what the hell David O. Russell was trying to accomplish with “Joy”. Something tells me he didn’t know either. It’s sporadically interesting, and occasionally works in fit-and-starts. It also starts story lines, and then abruptly drops them. Mr. O. […]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens IMAX 3D

Nominated for Best Film Editing at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Original Score at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Sound Mixing at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Sound Editing at the 88th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Visual Effects at the 88th Annual Academy Awards […]