In the Dark

Was it just me, or was that one of the longest and most boring Oscar shows in recent history? At one point, I jokingly told my guests that I would have to serve breakfast it Neil Patrick Harris didn’t wrap up that predictions-in-the-box joke which, unfortunately, wasn’t nearly as funny as he thought it was. 

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‘Still Alice’ poster

‘Still Alice’

Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin

Directed by: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland

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Mr. TurnerStarring: Timothy Spall,Marion BaileyDirected by: Mike Leigh

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‘A Most Violent Year’

Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain

Directed by: J.C. Chandor

Rated: PG-13

 

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There were some astonishing absences from the Oscar nominations last week, but one of the biggest has to be overlooking the star and director of “Selma.” David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay deserve to be among the nominees.

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Selma
boyhood

Last weekend, the Golden Globes showered “Boyhood” (available now on VOD) with the lion’s share of awards. Best Supporting Actress went to Patricia Arquette, Best Director (Drama) went to Richard Linklater and Best Drama went to the movie. It was quite a night for the Texas filmmaker’s grand experiment, as he has called it.

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Into the woods
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The awards season is officially underway, and anticipation will begin in earnest after the winners are announced at the Golden Globe ceremony this Sunday. This event sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press has never been a huge indicator of whom Oscar will favor, but because it splits the film categories into “Drama” and “Comedy or Musical” there are twice as many winners, and that offers much more exposure for top competitors.

‘Into the Woods’

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This was the year of a lot of worsts, some pretty goods and a spare few bests in the bunch. In fact, the entire summer of 2014 may go down as one of the overall worst years for movies in quite some time. A slew of superheroes dominated screens and numbed audiences. One of the later entries, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” literally saved the day — and the season.

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‘Top Five’

Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson

Directed by: Chris Rock

Rated: R

 

From a comedian who has tried writing and directing a couple of times before (“Head of State,” “I Think I Love My Wife”), this is Chris Rock’s best effort yet. The keen observations of pop culture that fuel his comedy are used here to craft a wickedly funny movie that has a surprising undercurrent of pathos to it.

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‘Horrible Bosses 2’

Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis

Directed by: Sean Anders

Rated: R

 

The three amigos of mayhem are together again, and it’s a second verse same as the first scenario with the same kind of ribald, adult humor that brought attention to the 2011 opener — and not in a good way.

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