Hollywood Contenders®: Oscar predictions

June 28, 2016

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2016 gets a dose of weirdness with “Swiss Army Man”

Mon, Jun 27 2016


Last week, audiences got one of the oddest movies in some time with Swiss Army Man, an independent film unlike any other. Not only is this a singular cinematic experience, but over the weekend distributor A24 managed to have it open to solid limited theatrical box office. That unexpected success has not only buoyed an initially pegged as ... READ MORE
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“Independence Day: Resurgence” hopes to capture nostalgia 20 years later

Fri, Jun 24 2016


You could generously call the decision to hide Independence Day: Resurgence from critics an “unconventional” choice. 20th Century Fox initially wasn’t screening the movie at all before it opened, then opted to only show it earlier today at a press screening hours after it hit screens, that’s not much of a sign of c ... READ MORE
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Matthew McConaughey goes the period piece route in “Free State of Jones”

Thu, Jun 23 2016


It’s been interesting watching Matthew McConaughey make project decisions after winning his Academy Award. He has gone big with epics like Interstellar and gone small with the still unreleased Sea of Trees, but this week he’s trying something new. Basically, he’s attempting to bring back the Civil War film with Free Stat ... READ MORE
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“The Neon Demon” is the next stylish effort from Nicolas Winding Refn

Wed, Jun 22 2016


I still remember when I first saw Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn’s masterpiece of an action drama. It was such a wonderfully stylized and confident film, it just blew me away. Refn had never done that before, so he was officially a filmmaker I needed to see keep up this new lease on cinematic life, as it were. This week, he unleashes T ... READ MORE
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Ben Affleck’s new directorial project “Live by Night” might be jumping into 2016

Tue, Jun 21 2016


Well, it’s just speculation right now, but this is potentially some very exciting news. Word trickled down over the weekend that Warner Brothers has moved the release date of Ben Affleck’s next project behind the camera, the crime epic Live by Night. Originally, we were scheduled to get it in October of this year, before it wa ... READ MORE
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RIP Anton Yelchin (1989-2016)

Mon, Jun 20 2016


Tragic. Just tragic. That’s the one word going through my mind again and again since word came out yesterday afternoon that actor Anton Yelchin had died in a car accident. He was only 27, taken from us far too soon, and it’s one of those untimely deaths that I’m just having a hard time processing. I interviewed Yelchin a ... READ MORE
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Hollywood Contenders: Updated Academy Award predictions for June

Fri, Jun 17 2016


Guess what time it is? That’s right ladies and gentlemen, time for a new set of Oscar predictions to share with you all. We’re in the middle of June, coming up quickly on the end of the first half of 2016 and the start of the second half, so a transitional period is upon us. The type of title put out into theaters is going to ... READ MORE
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“Central Intelligence” showcases Dwayne Johnson’s comedic chops

Thu, Jun 16 2016


Back when he was The Rock, we all saw how charismatic Dwayne Johnson could be, but I don’t think anyone ever expected him to be this apt at comedy. This week, he shows off those comedic skills once again in Central Intelligence, an action comedy that pairs him up with Kevin Hart and more or less just lets him loose. It’s inter ... READ MORE
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“Tickled” is one of the more surprising documentaries of the year so far

Wed, Jun 15 2016


Quietly, the Sundance Film Festival is becoming quite a launching pad for strong documentaries. We’ve already seen Weiner win awards there and put itself square into early Oscar contention, and now this week we get to talk about another one. This doc is Tickled, an initially lighter outing that goes in some very interesting directio ... READ MORE
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Pixar dives back into the ocean with the charming sequel “Finding Dory”

Tue, Jun 14 2016


Even though some folks bemoan when Pixar goes the sequel route, they still turn up in droves, and that will certainly be the case for this sequel to Finding Nemo, one of the studio’s most beloved titles. This one, Finding Dory, opens this week and is a pretty cute new adventure for the heroes from the first one. It’s basically ... READ MORE
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