May 24, 2017

Awards Season Roundup: Better nods for ‘Hereafter,’ but ‘Trust’ is slammed


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race.

After an initial barrage of negative reactions, a few positive reviews have landed for Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter,” which had its world premiere in Toronto last night. Roger Ebert’s take was the most favorable. Check out Variety’s Justin Chang and Kirk Honeycutt in the Hollywood Reporter. Both found things to appreciate in Eastwood’s film, though were disappointed in the ending. Honeycutt, however, praised Eastwood’s score and Morgan’s script (mostly).

Following last night’s official premiere of Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” in Toronto’s Ryerson Theater, Scott Feinberg writes that James Franco “gives one of the greatest screen performances of all time.” He adds that “the sky is the limit as far as awards prospects go.”

Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” received a significant boost in the awards race when it won the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. Until festival judge Quentin Tarantino started getting accused of favoritism. (New York Times)

“Friends” star David Schwimmer returns to the director’s chair for “Trust,” but HitFix says it’s “so flawed beyond Schwimmer’s uninspired direction it’s hard to know where to start. The script is at times ludicrous and filled with one cliched scene after another.”

Kim Voynar was way more impressed with Nigel Cole’s “Made in Dagenham,” which she writes has “the strongest ‘female empowerment’ vibe at TIFF.” Singling out the performances of Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins, Voynar said she’d “love to see this film get a little momentum behind it, because Hawkins is every bit as good in this film as she was in Happy-Go-Lucky.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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