Category Archives: Previews

Netflix Picks: June 2017

BEST BET – FILM Okja – 6/28 God bless Netflix. No, really. Who else would bankroll an environmental satire/kid-creature buddy movie from Bong Joon Ho? While booed at Cannes – mostly for its “They’re killing the theatrical experience!” B.S. – … Continue reading

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Netflix Picks: May 2017

BEST BET – FILM War Machine – 5/26 Netflix’s biggest acquisition to date: A $60 million satire about U.S. involvement in Afghanistan starring Brad Pitt from the director of Animal Kingdom. It’s going to be really tricky to pull off, … 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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Netflix Picks: April 2017

BEST BET – FILM Win It All (2017) – 4/7 Small Crimes (2017) – 4/28 I missed both of these when I was down in Austin for SXSW, but I love that Netflix is funding and finding homes for indie … Continue reading

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Netflix Picks: March 2017

BEST BET – FILM Who Framed Roger Rabbit – 3/24 One of the most inventive films of the 1980s and a treasured classic from my youth that still holds up. BEST BET – TV Five Came Back – 3/31 Mark … 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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Netflix Picks: February 2017

BEST BET – FILM Brazilian Western – 2/27 A festival favorite that could have easily been lost to time, this is great – if bleak – revenge thriller that ignites the screen. BEST BET – TV American Crime Story: The … Continue reading

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Final Oscar Picks 2017

Just like 2016 was a year of unease, I am not very uneasy about these picks. Several of these picks haven’t picked up the precursor nods that would typically foretell a sure-fire Oscar nomination. This is likely to be a … Continue reading

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Netflix Picks: January 2017

BEST BET – FILM Miss Sharon Jones! – 1/7 Sharon Jones’s 2016 death really hurt, especially since this documentary – which showed her struggle to recover from and (temporarily) overcome cancer – gave me hope that she’d be back on … Continue reading

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Oscar Picks: 15 Dec 2016

BEST PICTURE Arrival Fences Hidden Figures Jackie La La Land Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Silence Falling off: Live by Night, Loving, Sully Rising star: Hell or High Water The skinny: With the precursors out of the way, the window … Continue reading

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