Review: “1917”

5 out of 5 stars. “1917” is a war epic brought down to a more personal level, without sacrificing the scale or horror of said war.  That is thanks to director Sam Mendes and his crew, who adhere to a vision for this story—based on an anecdote told to him by his grandfather, Alfred Mendes—that […]

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Review: “The Two Popes”

3.5 out of 5 stars. “The Two Popes” is the story of two men at an intellectual and spiritual crossroads.  Adapted by Anthony McCarten from his play “The Pope” and directed by Fernando Meirelles, the film maintains the intimacy of a stage production with some added cinematic flourishes, and is anchored by fantastic performances by […]

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Review: “Marriage Story”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Contrary to its title, writer and director Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” drops the viewer into the story of a marriage that it at its end.  But even though we don’t see the couple at the heart of the story falling in love, we get a complete sense of what their […]

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Review: “The Report”

3.5 out of 5 stars. “The Report” is the rare movie based on a true stories that doesn’t focus on bending facts to fit a more entertaining narrative; in fact, it frequently does just the opposite.  Written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, the film tells the story of an investigation led by Senate staffer […]

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Final Oscar Predictions

I’m not going to lie: this year’s Oscar race hasn’t been pretty.  From controversial manner in which the actual ceremony is being conducted to controversy surrounding the somewhat surprising batch of nominees, the 91st Academy Awards is shaping up to be one interesting evening.  And that’s partly because this awards season as a whole has […]

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2019 Oscar Nominee Predictions

The 2019 awards season is now in full swing, and while there are plenty of movies gathering accolades and generating conversation, so much regarding this year’s Oscar race is still up in the air.  Many categories that a month ago seemed set have been thrown into confusion thanks to recent awards ceremonies like the Golden […]

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Predicting the 2019 Golden Globes

2018 may have come and gone, but the celebration of movies released last year is only just beginning.  The 76th annual Golden Globe Awards take place Sunday, January 6, serving as the first major award show of the season.  The Globes (the winners for which are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association) traditionally aren’t […]

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