Hollywood FILM Contenders: Oscar predictions

June 26, 2017
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“The Big Sick” is one of the year’s best films so far

Fri, Jun 23 2017


We’re reaching the point in the year where some top notch counter programming is about to be released. In fact, today we get one of 2017’s best films overall in The Big Sick. This movie is a supremely entertaining romantic comedy that quickly reveals itself to be much more than just that. At the beginning, it’s a Judd Ap ... READ MORE
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Who should replace Phil Lord and Chris Miller on the Han Solo movie?

Thu, Jun 22 2017


*This was posted before today’s announcement that Ron Howard has been tapped for the director’s chair*

A few days ago, shocking news broke that filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller were being removed from the untitled Young Han Solo movie that they were currently in production on. This is pretty shocking stuff, to be f ... READ MORE
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“Thank You For Your Service” deploys a Trailer

Wed, Jun 21 2017


Initially expected to contend for Oscar attention last year, Thank You For Your Service is now gearing up to make a 2017 run. The film is a much more intimate take on the war genre, offering up a Miles Teller showcase in the process. Yesterday, a Trailer dropped for the flick, suggesting that the delay had nothing to do with quality. You& ... READ MORE
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Zoe Kazan continues a strong run of performances with “The Big Sick”

Tue, Jun 20 2017


It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Zoe Kazan. For my money, she’s among the best actresses working in the business right now, and almost undoubtedly one of the most underrated. She is truly something special. This Friday, she displays that talent again in The Big Sick, one of 2017’s finest films so far. I plan on rav ... READ MORE
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Sofia Coppola delivers a top notch remake in “The Beguiled”

Mon, Jun 19 2017


Remakes are often dismissed out of hand. Most of the time, they’re unnecessary at best and unwatchable at worst. Every so often, however, a worthwhile one comes down the pike and is worth celebrating. This week, we have one to take notice of and actually fete in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled. After a successful debut at the Can ... READ MORE
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“The Papers” from Steven Spielberg: Updated Oscar predictions for June

Fri, Jun 16 2017


As temperatures rise, it may seem a bit silly to be thinking about what the Academy could do in the middle of the winter. Still, that’s what I do, so with the New York Film Festival announcing their Opening Night Selection, now feels like a good point to check in on Oscar. We’re still another month or so away from really havin ... READ MORE
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“Cars 3” goes back to its franchise’s roots

Thu, Jun 15 2017


For the juggernaut that is Pixar, the one consistent mark on an otherwise essentially spotless record has been the Cars franchise. Give or take one or two other outings that some people are higher on than others, this franchise is the only thing keeping the company from essentially a perfect record. This week, Cars 3 hits theaters and hop ... READ MORE
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Scarlett Johansson sharpens her comedic chops in “Rough Night”

Wed, Jun 14 2017


Despite having yet to receive an Academy Award nomination, Scarlett Johansson has developed a reputation as one of Hollywood’s best actresses. Whether she’s in art house fare, kicking ass as part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, or anchoring her own bigger budget flicks, she a true A-lister. One of the things she hasnR ... READ MORE
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The Opening Night Selection for the 2017 New York Film Festival is Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying”

Tue, Jun 13 2017


Believe it or not, we’re already at the point in the year where fall film festival announcements are being made. Yesterday afternoon, the first shot across the bow was fired when the New York Film Festival announced Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying as it’s Opening Night Selection. Getting a bit of a head start on thi ... READ MORE
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Will Tom Cruise and “The Mummy” actually launch a new cinematic universe?

Mon, Jun 12 2017


Last week, the Dark Universe unveiled itself. This cinematic universe the powers that be over at Universal are hoping to launch began with a reboot of The Mummy. Partly a Tom Cruise vehicle and partly a modern monster movie, this summer blockbuster had a lot riding on it. By all accounts, the plan is to have a series of these things, lead ... READ MORE
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