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Something I’ll never understand. For instance, who wrote the rule about rewarding movies no one gets to see unless you live in a “major city”? By the time Oscar night arrives, the general public is lucky to have seen about half the nominees. Andsomewhere it must be written that only the crummy movies can be released in early winter or late summer.

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Outside of a small contingency of movie enthusiasts, not many have had the chance to see “Room.” It opened in major cities and then poof — it was gone from theaters in a matter of weeks. But that was just enough time garner its star, Brie Larson, a lot of awards buzz. In fact, right now she is the overwhelming odds-on favorite to win the Oscar for best actress.

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Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emery Cohen

Directed by: John Crowley

Rated: PG

 

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‘The Revenant’

Starring: Leonard DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárittu

Rated: R

 

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Freeheld

In a year when gay issues have been at the forefront, coincidentally there were at least four movies released in 2015 dealing with issues relating to gay rights. “Freeheld,” with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page playing a real life lesbian couple who fought for partner benefits, never achieved much buzz. “Stonewall,” the Roland Emmerich movie about the eponymous riot that sparked the gay rights movement, barely made it into theaters.

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