Category Archives: Film

2017 in Review: Box Office Report

Another year, a few more record-setting films and still fewer tickets sold than any time since the 1990s. It’s only going to get worse, but it seems audiences may finally be wising up: rejecting some tired franchises and championing original … Continue reading

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2017 in Review: The Best Performances – Film

Unlike years past, there were very few performances that I absolutely adored this year. Plenty I liked, but there was a real dearth of those memorable roles that I’ll be thinking about for years to come. So while some of … Continue reading

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2017 in Review: The Best + Worst Movies

It’s no surprise that in a year as polarizing as 2017, the movies this year would be just as divisive. While there was rapturous agreement about my No. 9 and No. 6 picks, people had passionate, disparate reactions to my … Continue reading

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Oscar Picks: 15 Dec 2017

BEST PICTURE Call Me by Your Name Dunkirk Get Out Lady Bird Phantom Thread The Post The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Falling off: Darkest Hour Rising star: The Florida Project The skinny: I’m very confident in … Continue reading

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Oscar Picks: 15 Nov 2017

BEST PICTURE Call Me by Your Name Darkest Hour Dunkirk Get Out Lady Bird Phantom Thread The Post Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Falling off: The Greatest Showman, Last Flag Flying, Murder on the Orient Express, Wonderstruck Rising star: The … Continue reading

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Too Early for This: Oscar Picks – 15 Oct 2017

BEST PICTURE Darkest Hour Dunkirk The Greatest Showman Last Flag Flying Murder on the Orient Express Phantom Thread The Post Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Wonderstruck Falling off: Detroit; Downsizing; Goodbye, Christopher Robin Rising star: Call Me by Your Name … Continue reading

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Too Early for This: Oscar Picks – 15 Aug 2017

BEST PICTURE Detroit Downsizing Dunkirk Goodbye, Christopher Robin The Greatest Showman Last Flag Flying Murder on the Orient Express The Papers Phantom Thread Wonderstruck The skinny: We always start with 10, because nobody knows anything at this point. The only … Continue reading

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The Optimist’s Summer Movie Preview 2017

The real world has given us plenty of reasons to be cynical, so I’m going to try to keep that from creeping into my take on the summer movies we’re getting. As always, it’s dominated by sequels and comic book … Continue reading

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Oscar Re-Do: 2006

Here we go again. The winners are in bold, but my picks are below that. BEST PICTURE Babel The Departed Letters from Iwo Jima Little Miss Sunshine The Queen Should have won: Little Miss Sunshine Not even nominated: Children of … Continue reading

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Oscar Guide 2017

BEST PICTURE Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Will win: La La Land Could win: Hidden Figures Should win: Moonlight Should have been here: Silence The skinny: … Continue reading

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