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2017 Best Picture Oscar Nominees: Critic + Viewer Ranking

By at February 26, 2017 | 7:05 pm | 0 Comment

2017 Best Picture Oscar Nominees: Critic + Viewer Ranking

Sometimes, film critics and moviegoers (or movie critics and filmgoers, if you prefer) agree on the quality of a movie. When that results in a synchronized proverbial thumbs up, a movie's got gigantic potential for buzz, visibility and, ultimately, financial success. So, where did critics and fans come down on 2017's nine Best Picture nominees? To find out, in the more...

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Make Room for Daddy: TONI ERDMANN Film Review

By at February 12, 2017 | 8:52 pm | 0 Comment

Make Room for Daddy: TONI ERDMANN Film Review

4 / 5 stars I happened to see Toni Erdmann the same day it received a lot of American film press – not for its Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, but because a remake had just been announced, starring Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig. That knowledge was a slight distraction, if only because it’s so easy to imagine the American stars inhabiting the same more...

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The 10 Best Films of 2016 and Where to Find Them

By at January 2, 2017 | 1:37 pm | 0 Comment

The 10 Best Films of 2016 and Where to Find Them

Over the 17 years I've been reviewing films and compiling Top Ten lists, I've never had trouble identifying my favorite film of the year. Until 2016. Perhaps it was the persistent haze hovering over a painfully strange year in culture and beyond, but no movie pushed its way to the fore of my brain. That doesn't mean my top choice for 2016 isn't as worthy as other No. 1s more...

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California Dreamin: LA LA LAND Film Review

By at December 14, 2016 | 10:56 pm | 0 Comment

California Dreamin: LA LA LAND Film Review

4 / 5 stars You don’t have to be a sentimental fool to appreciate La La Land, but it sure does help. Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash is quite fond of sentimentality and, for the most part, so are its characters. If you approach this spirited alt-take on the Hollywood musical with a skip in your step and a song in your heart, you’ll find a piece of more...

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