Category Archives: Previews

The Optimist’s Summer Movie Preview 2021

The pandemic robbed us of not just a summer movie season, but a year’s worth of theatrical experiences. But with more than 100 million vaccinated and many theaters reopening – even if not at full capacity – it’s time to … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: May 2021

FILMSTop PicksRobot & Frank – Prime and Hulu 5/9 Those Who Wish Me Dead – HBO Max 5/14 The Woman in the Window – Netflix 5/14 Cruella – Disney+ 5/24 This month we’ve got a hidden gem and three originals … Continue reading

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Oscar Guide 2021

While the extended season offered plenty of pros and cons, there are still a few races that don’t seem quite over. So here’s what should and will win, but remember that you shouldn’t be putting money based on my picks. … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: April 2021

FILMSTop PicksBringing Up Baby – HBO Max 4/1 My Cousin Vinny – Prime 4/1 Rush – Netflix 4/16 Baby’s Day Out – Disney+ 4/23 It seems like we could all use some laughs and some excitement. The first two films … Continue reading

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Final Oscar Picks 2021

BEST PICTUREJudas and the Black Messiah Ma Rainey’s Black BottomMankMinariNomadlandOne Night in Miami…Promising Young WomanThe Trial of the Chicago 7 Dark Horse: Da 5 BloodsLong Shot: Sound of Metal Total Shock: Never Rarely Sometimes Always The skinny: Proof that the … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: March 2021

FILMSTop PicksEnemy of the State – Hulu 3/1 Coming 2 America – Prime 3/15 Zack Snyder’s Justice League – HBO MAX 3/18 Enemy of the State might be Tony Scott’s best movie. A quasi-sequel to The Conversation, it’s at once … Continue reading

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Oscar Picks: 15 Feb 2021

We finally got a load of precursors to help us see who were contenders and who were pretenders, but there’s still a lot we don’t know. I’ll have my final picks a day or two before the nominations are announced … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: February 2021

FILMSTop PicksComing to America – Prime 2/1Judas and the Black Messiah – HBO MAX 2/12 Nomadland – Hulu 2/19 First up are two major selections for Black History Month. The former is John Landis’ uproarious fish-out-of-water comedy, which hits Prime … Continue reading

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Oscar Picks: 15 Jan 2021

BEST PICTUREDa 5 BloodsThe Father Ma Rainey’s Black BottomMankMinariNomadlandOne Night in Miami…The Trial of the Chicago 7 Falling off: News of the WorldRising star: Promising Young Woman The skinny: It’s still a little weird that only three of these movies … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: January 2021

With so many new streaming services, I figured this year I’d expand the scope of this column again. I’m adding Disney+ and HBO MAX, so bear with me as a lot of new titles get added. I’ll still try to … Continue reading

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