The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Review
Mar13

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Review

Magicians are fun. As Alan Arkin’s Rance Holloway tells us, audiences love to have a sense of awe and see the impossible. There’s a reason magician films have worked in the past (most recently with The Prestige and The Illusionist). We want to be fooled. We want to be amazed. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is a film where there’s a match made in cinematic heaven: magic and comedy. As much fun as it is to be awed,...

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2013 Oscar Predictions
Feb23

2013 Oscar Predictions

On Sunday, we’ll bear witness to the most recent batch of actors, filmmakers, and writers duke it out for the title as Greatest Person In History. I’m kidding, of course, but even without the Oscars being a WWE grudge match (which I would most definitely watch, by the way: think mud wrestling between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence), it is an exciting time for film buffs worldwide. Will Argo continue its winning...

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5 of the Best Performances to be Snubbed an Oscar Nomination
Feb07

5 of the Best Performances to be Snubbed an Oscar Nomination

We are currently in an odd film awards season where three of the biggest powerhouse talents of the year (any of which would have deserved a win in their category) didn’t even garner a measly nomination. We’re talking, of course, about Ben Affleck for Best Director, Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Supporting Actor, and Quentin Tarantino for Best Director. And that’s not even mentioning the absences of Kathryn Bigelow, Tom...

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Who Will and Who Should Win the 2013 Golden Globes
Jan12

Who Will and Who Should Win the 2013 Golden Globes

Well, here we are. The eve of the 2013 Golden Globe award ceremony. Gotta say this year has a ton of worthy films and performances to focus on. I hardly know where to begin. On Sunday, we’re going to see which of those films and performances the Hollywood Foreign Press has chosen as the best of the best. Here’s my best take on how the Golden Globes are gonna go. BEST SCREENPLAY Chris Terrio – Argo Quentin Tarantino...

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Zero Dark Thirty Review
Jan11

Zero Dark Thirty Review

Every year when we enter the ‘film award season,’ I come across films that question my viewing sensibilities. I ask myself if being well-made, showing ambition and having a great cast makes up a great movie? I can’t think of a recent film more worthy of this question than Zero Dark Thirty, a movie that has a lot on its mind but doesn’t seem to know how the hell to say it in an accessible or cinematic way. The...

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