Category Archives: Previews

The Optimist’s Summer Movie Preview 2018

Marvel has thrown down the (Infinity) gauntlet, by moving their big tentpole to kick off the summer movie season back to the end of April. It traditionally started around Memorial Day, and moved up to the first weekend of May … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: April 2018

FILMS Top Picks 50/50 – Hulu 4/1 Mystery Team – Amazon 4/1 The Florida Project – Amazon 4/1 (Academy Award nominee) Call me indecisive, but I just couldn’t pick between all these films, which I adore for different reasons. 50/50 … Continue reading

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Oscar Guide 2018

Guys, I just don’t know. With a real lack of consensus around this year’s crop of nominees, there’s no one film you can point to and say: “That’s the one to beat.” So what’s going to happen Sunday night? Sure, … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: March 2018

FILMS Top Pick Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Amazon and Hulu 3/1 One of the funniest comedies of the ’80s, with Steve Martin as a low-level American con artist learning the ropes from British sophisticate Michael Caine. But they meet their … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: February 2018

FILMS Top Picks Manhunter – Amazon and Hulu 2/1 Mute – Netflix 2/23 The former is Michael Mann’s excellent adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon (aka the first time we saw Hannibal Lecter onscreen, played indelibly by Brian Cox). It’s easily … Continue reading

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Final Oscar Picks 2018

It’s been a crazy year in every regard, but especially in awards season. There’s really been no consensus on the best movie of the year from the critics’ groups or guilds. That’s kind of exciting, but makes this guesswork particularly … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: January 2018

While I’d focused on Netflix for the last two years, I figured it was high time I expanded my gaze, especially since they’re hardly the only game in town. I’m still being judicious with my selections. Gone are the endless … 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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Netflix Picks: December 2017

A programming note: This will be the final appearance of this column, as I plan to focus on a wider variety of streaming options beginning in 2018. TOP PICK – FILM Bright – 12/22 David Ayer has been hit or … 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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