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Month: February 2015

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Theatrical Releases: Focus & The Lazarus Effect

Let’s put “After Earth” behind us and bring on the parts that Will Smith actually excels in. “Focus” may look a little too much like an “Oceans 11” minus the ensemble cast, but it does put Smith back in a suit and tie, playing the suave con man. Margot Robbie also takes her next step following “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” bringing the sex … Read More Theatrical Releases: Focus & The Lazarus Effect

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Tuesday Releases: Big Hero 6, Horrible Bosses 2, & Whiplash

FEBRUARY 24TH, 2015 New Releases Beyond The Lights Big Hero 6 Horrible Bosses 2 Whiplash

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87th Academy Award Winners

Proving to be one of the toughest years yet for completing the Oscar Challenge since I started 6 years ago, with life getting in the way in the best possible ways, I was still able to see every film that was readily available to me, viewing 43 of the 45 films nominated and all 15 short films. The two missing films were “Glen Campbell: … Read More 87th Academy Award Winners

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87th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

Having fallen behind on the Oscar Challenge, today will be my last ditch effort to see all the films I have yet to see. There are also two films as of today that I cannot find; “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” and “The Salt Of The Earth”. There’s still a dead heat between “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” and “Boyhood”, Alejandro G. … Read More 87th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

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Theatrical Releases: Hot Tub Time Machine 2 & The DUFF

First off, a film titled “The DUFF” or “Designated Ugly Fat Friend” feels really offensive to me. Secondly, Mae Whitman is neither fat nor ugly, rendering most of the film into nonsense territory anyway. This reminds me of “She’s All That” where the gorgeous Rachel Leigh Cooke was deemed ugly and nerdy, when really all she had to do was take off her glasses … Read More Theatrical Releases: Hot Tub Time Machine 2 & The DUFF

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Tuesday Releases: Birdman, The Interview, & The Theory Of Everything

FEBRUARY 17TH, 2015 New Releases Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) Dumb and Dumber To The Homesman The Interview Life Itself St. Vincent The Tale of The Princess Kaguya The Theory of Everything V/H/S: Viral

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Theatrical Releases: Fifty Shades Of Grey & Kingsman: The Secret Service

Normally I would consider giving a film like “Fifty Shades Of Grey” the benefit of the doubt. Sure, it’s based on a poorly written book (from what I’ve heard) and yes, I’m aware I’m not a lusting housewife, but with a big budget and plenty of word of mouth, I could have easily gotten on board with a sultry, edgy romance movie, especially with … Read More Theatrical Releases: Fifty Shades Of Grey & Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Tuesday Releases: Nightcrawler & Kill The Messenger

FEBRUARY 10TH, 2015 New Releases Addicted Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Force Majeure Kill The Messenger Laggies The Lookalike Nightcrawler On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter Predestination Rosewater

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Theatrical Releases: Jupiter Ascending & Seventh Son

This weekend finally sees the release of two science fiction action movies that have been struggling to find their way to the big screen for several years, both releasing trailers over a year ago and being pulled from the schedule last minute. “Jupiter Ascending” is the latest high concept piece from Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, the creators of “The Matrix” following their last … Read More Theatrical Releases: Jupiter Ascending & Seventh Son

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [18] Gone Girl – Best Actress In A Leading Role

ROSAMUND PIKE “Gone Girl” OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: Rosamund Pike plays Amy Dunne, a young wife whose disappearance causes suspicion to fall on her husband. When a particular film finds itself with almost zero support whatsoever, despite many indicators that state that it should have, you can bet that any nomination that comes out of that film will be up against the wall in terms … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [18] Gone Girl – Best Actress In A Leading Role

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [17] Leviathan – Best Foreign Language Feature

“LEVIATHAN” Russia Russia is no stranger to the Academy Awards, with plenty of nominations and wins all around. This year, “Leviathan” tells the story of a family, all dealing with their own challenges, yet intertwining in the sense that their actions all effect one another. Kolya (Aleksei Serebryakov), a husband and father, is dealing with a court ruling forcing him to sell his family’s … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [17] Leviathan – Best Foreign Language Feature

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [16] Mr. Turner – Best Production Design

“MR. TURNER” Suzie Davies (Production Design); Charlotte Watts (Set Decoration) The elaborate sets and detailed production design are on full display in “Mr. Turner”. One set in particular that comes to mind is Turner’s workspace in his father’s mansion. Tables covered with paint and cups holding brushes, an easel standing next to a giant open window, and actual paintings lining the walls, this imagery … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [16] Mr. Turner – Best Production Design