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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 Guide 2015

Well, here we go. After last year’s cake walk, this one’s a lot tougher to guess. Here goes nothing. BEST PICTURE American Sniper Birdman Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Selma The Theory of Everything Whiplash Will win: … Continue reading

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My Dream Oscar Ballot 2015

I still haven’t seen three of the Best Picture nominees (all based on true stories, so you won’t see any of those films, except one category which doesn’t require you to actually see the film). I’m applying their rules, so Whiplash … Continue reading

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Final Oscar Picks 2015

On Thursday, Chris Pine, Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams will announce the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards. In a perceived weak year, all categories are up for grabs (except Lead Actor and Lead Actress) so these guesses are just … Continue reading

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2014 in Review: Box Office Report

This was the lowest year for movie theater attendance in more than 20 years. But it wasn’t for a lack of good films. Yeah, there could have been some more original movies to choose from, and some of those were … Continue reading

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2014 in Review: The Best Films

A weak year for film? Maybe at the box office. Otherwise, this was another year stuffed to the gills with great movies, from the multiplex to the art house to your own computer. Plenty of movies took big risks and … Continue reading

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2014 in Review: The Best Albums

Spotify is both the best and worst invention in music in the last five years. There’s more music than ever before to listen to, right at your fingertips (hence my expanded honorable mentions section). But the art of discovery is … Continue reading

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The Weekender: Rise of the ‘Guardians’

Movie of the Week Guardians of the Galaxy* Here it is: the big blockbuster you’ve always wanted, even if you’ve never heard of this particular comic book. It’s witty, entertaining and knows exactly what it is. Read my review at … Continue reading

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The Optimist’s Summer Movie Preview 2014

So long, cynicism. I have too much to be happy about this year. Sure, there will be plenty of failed action movies, comedies and romances, but I’m choosing to accentuate the positive this summer. So here are my 10 most … Continue reading

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