April 21, 2014

Articles By: Sean O'Connell

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).

Jessica Chastain on Bigelow, Boal and the ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ ending – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: You could say that Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” has encountered choppy waters since experimenting with a limited release at the tail end of last year (so as to be eligible for Oscar consideration).
Not from critics, mind you. Bigelow’s taut, tense depiction of the CIA and U.A. military’s hunt for Osama Bin Laden has been recognized and lauded by virtually every major guild. Just this morning, Bigelow’s name was one of five nominated for the Directors Guild of America’s top prize … a well-deserved nod, in my humble opinion.
But Bigelow has been knocked in the court of public opinion for the film’s depiction of waterboarding, and was even marginally criticized by the government agencies she tried to credit in press releases that aren’t worth the time spent to assemble them. Note to the CIA: Intelligent moviegoers understand “Zero Dark Thirty” isn’t a documentary. Your confirmation is unnecessary.
Jessica Chastain understands why the film’s realism might confuse, though. The actress who plays Maya, the lead investigator on Bin Laden’s trail, spoke with me about the devil in the details of “Zero Dark Thirty” when we sat down for an intimate interview in New York City. We very well may hear Chastain’s name called on Thursday when the Academy announces its Oscar nominations. Here’s my conversation with Chastain, which might help to explain why I think she’s worthy of a Best Actress nomination:
HollywoodNews: When you have a character like Maya, where there’s a lot of information that you can go back and research on your own and dig into to try and better formulate the character, is that something you’re interested in, or do you prefer to keep it to what’s on the page?
I love to do it. You know, if I wasn’t an actor, I would love to be an investigative journalist. Or a spy! I wouldn’t want to kill anyone, but the research and all the details …I find that with a role like this, or any part, doing the research to find out who the character is and what their motivations are – for me, that’s the most fun.
And with this, I’m playing a woman who is trained to be unemotional, and analytically precise. When playing that, I’ve still got to find the humanity inside of her, inside of that arc of where she begins the movie and where she ends. And at that [...]

SAG Awards Analysis: Three things we think we know about the Oscar race

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Oscar race has cleared up over the past few days, with SAG and the BFCA announcing nominations for their respective awards programs (both considered dependable precursors for the Academy Awards). So while SAG threw more than a few curveballs our way in the various categories (um, Nicole Kidman?), there seem to be at least three things we can point to and say, “Yes, we know this to be true about the Oscar race.”
Until the next group announces and blows these three theories to smithereens.
What, then, do we think we have learned?
1. We have four legitimate frontrunners for Best Picture
Four movies earned both BFCA nominations for Best Film and SAG nominations for Outstanding Cast (the equivalent of Best Film). They are “Argo,” “Lincoln,” “Les Miserables” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” I’m comfortable saying that all four of those will earn Best Picture Oscar nods.
Now, which films will join them? More specifically, how many more films will join them? Oscar still remains fluid in terms of the number of slots it wants to fill in Best Picture. If I had to guess which other films will get into the Oscar race, I’d put money down on “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Life of Pi” and “Django Unchained.” After that, it becomes a question of how many movies the Academy wants to honor. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” could get in, as could “The Master” or “The Impossible.” Those last few slots are anyone’s game at the moment.
2. There are wildcards at play in the acting categories
Several names we expect to see: Denzel Washington for “Flight;” Daniel Day-Lewis for “Lincoln;” Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook;” and Anne Hathaway for “Les Miserables.” Then there are the names that have surprised us at both SAG and the Critics’ Choice. Will they hold on to this momentum and earn Oscar nods?
Here are the names that somewhat shocked me: Ann Dowd. Javier Bardem (in both groups). Naoimi Watts (in both groups), who is VERY deserving for “The Impossible,” but I wasn’t sure enough voters had seen the film. Matthew McConaughey. Nicole Kidman! Almost all are deserving of Oscar love, yet some are going to have to be left out when the Academy nominates. Who will get in? We shall see.
3. Some films are dying. Others are dead.
“Cloud Atlas” is a stunning piece of filmmaking. It does not appear to be an [...]

“Lincoln” earns record-setting 13 noms for Critics’ Choice Movie Awards – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Leave it to “Lincoln” to make history.
Steven Spielberg’s sturdy biopic of our nation’s 16th president during a crucial stretch of his final term earned a record-setting 13 nominations today from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) as the group prepares for the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.
“Lincoln,” which beat out previous record holder “Black Swan,” garnered nods for Best Picture, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Supporting Actor for Tommy Lee Jones, Best Supporting Actress for Sally Field, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Steven Spielberg, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Score.
The winners will be announced live at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 10, 2013 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show will broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Following closely behind Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is Tom Hooper’s “Les Misérables,” which received 11 nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor for Hugh Jackman, Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Tom Hooper, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Song for “Suddenly.”
David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” also impressed with 10 nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actor for Robert De Niro, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for David O. Russell, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Comedy, Best Actor in a Comedy for Bradley Cooper and Best Actress in a Comedy Jennifer Lawrence.
“Life of Pi” earned 9 nominations, and “Argo,” “The Master” and “Skyfall” each garnered 7 nominations.
Jennifer Lawrence leads the female nominees with nods for Best Actress, Best Actress in a Comedy and Best Acting Ensemble for “Silver Linings Playbook” as well as Best Actress in an Action Movie for “The Hunger Games.”
Bradley Cooper leads the male nominees with nods for Best Actor, Best Actor in a Comedy and Best Acting Ensemble for “Silver Livings Playbook.” Judi Dench was nominated for both Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress in an Action Movie for “Skyfall” and nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis was nominated for Best Actress and Best Young Actress for “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” contributing to the film’s 3 nominations, including Best Picture.
“This has been a truly spectacular year in filmmaking and our voters had an embarrassment of [...]

“Zero Dark Thirty” wins Best Film from National Board of Review – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Is “Zero Dark Thirty” going to be this year’s “The Social Network,” or “The King’s Speech?”
Kathryn Bigelow’s searing, comprehensive docu-drama detailing the impossible hunt for Osama Bin Laden was named Best Film by the National Board of Review today, days after the New York Film Critics Circle handed the film the same award. (Bigelow, for the record, took Best Director from both groups, as well.) These are tremendous feathers in the cap of a film that expects to compete for Oscar gold as the campaign for nominations kicks into high gear.
But as you likely recall, David Fincher’s “The Social Network” also collected most – if not all – of the pre-Oscar critics love … only to be shut down (for the most part) by Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” two seasons ago.
Hooper could halt another critical darling if his “Les Miserables” picks up steam. The film was named to the NBR’s Top 10 list, along with a bevy of titles we’ll list below.
At the moment, though, the frontrunner in the ongoing awards race is shaping up to be Bigelow’s masterful “Zero Dark Thirty.” Whether that works in the film’s favor or not remains to be seen.
And the Oscar race rolls on …
Here are today’s National Board of Review winners:
Best Film: ZERO DARK THIRTY
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY
Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY
Best Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, DJANGO UNCHAINED
Best Supporting Actress: Ann Dowd, COMPLIANCE
Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, LOOPER
Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Best Animated Feature: WRECK-IT RALPH
Special Achievement in Filmmaking: Ben Affleck, ARGO
Breakthrough Actor: Tom Holland, THE IMPOSSIBLE
Breakthrough Actress: Quvenzhané Wallis, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Best Directorial Debut: Benh Zeitlin, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Best Foreign Language Film: AMOUR
Best Documentary: SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN
William K. Everson Film History Award: 50 YEARS OF BOND FILMS
Best Ensemble: LES MISÉRABLES
Spotlight Award: John Goodman (ARGO, FLIGHT, PARANORMAN, TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE)
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: CENTRAL PARK FIVE
NBR Freedom of Expression Award: PROMISED LAND
Top Films
(in alphabetical order)
ARGO
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LES MISÉRABLES
LINCOLN
LOOPER
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
PROMISED LAND
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Top 5 Foreign Language Films
(In Alphabetical Order)
BARBARA
THE INTOUCHABLES
THE KID WITH A BIKE
NO
WAR WITCH
Top 5 Documentaries
(In Alphabetical Order)
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY
DETROPIA
THE GATEKEEPERS
THE INVISIBLE WAR
ONLY THE YOUNG
Top 10 Independent Films
(In Alphabetical Order)
ARBITRAGE
BERNIE
COMPLIANCE
END OF WATCH
HELLO I MUST BE GOING
LITTLE BIRDS
MOONRISE KINGDOM
ON THE ROAD
QUARTET
SLEEPWALK WITH ME
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New York Film Critics Circle goes with “Zero Dark Thirty,” Bigelow – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: This turned out to be a very good day to conduct “Zero Dark Thirty” interviews.
As I sat across from Jessica Chastain and Jason Clark to discuss their roles in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” the uncompromising thriller about the military’s efforts to unearth Osama Bin Laden was collecting Best Picture votes from the New York Film Critics Circle. The group also handed its Best Director prize to Bigelow while Greig Fraser won for his cinematography contributions. (The final scene, an expertly shot raid on Bin Laden’s Pakistani hideout, alone likely earned him the award.)
Outside of “Zero,” the big winner was Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which earned acting awards for Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field, as well as a screenplay nod for Tony Kushner. In a bit of a surprise (on both fronts), Rachel Weisz picked up the group’s award for Best Actress for her turn in “The Deep Blue Sea.” And Matthew McConaughey – yes, that Matthew McConaughey – was recognized in the Best Supporting Actor category for his roles in “Magic Mike” and Richard Linklater’s “Bernie.”
The critics groups leading into the end of the year often offer wildly different projections as to what might be leading the Oscar race. A win from a regional critics group certainly helps a film’s momentum … though evidence has shown that they can be misleading. Just ask “The Social Network” how all of its critics’ accolades helped at the Academy Awards.
But for now, wins by “Zero Dark Thirty” has slowed the sudden “Les MIserables” freight train. Expect that campaign to kick back into full swing, however, when the next group – possibly Los Angeles – gives it every honor in every category.
And the awards season marches on…
Read more of our exclusive Awards coverage:
Robert Zemeckis to be honored at Palm Springs.
Our “Silver Linings Playbook” review
Ben Affleck tells us about “Argo” and the possibility of more Dennis Lehane stories
Bryan Cranston calls “Argo” his “proudest moment in motion pictures.”
Helen Hunt opens up about on-screen nudity for “The Sessions”
Amy Adams lends strength to “The Master”
“Arbitrage” director Nicholas Jarecki on Richard Gere and the Oscar race.
Producer Harvey Weinstein
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“Flight” director Robert Zemeckis to be honored at Palm Springs Film Fest – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Robert Zemeckis’ return to live-action, the thrilling substance-abuse drama “Flight,” continues to earn accolades as the awards season rolls on.
Today, the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival announced that it will present the Oscar-winning director with its Director of the Year Award at the event, scheduled for Jan. 3-14.
Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival already revealed that it will honor Helen Hunt (“The Session”) and Naomi Watts (“The Impossible”) for their searing portrayals.
More from the release:
“For 35 years, Robert Zemeckis has been creating some of the most iconic and indelible images in cinema, garnering international acclaim as a filmmaker of extraordinary vision,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest work, ‘Flight,’ Zemeckis continues to tell fascinating stories by combining strong characters with groundbreaking visual effects, which includes one of the most memorable plane crashes in cinematic history, while following the compelling emotional journey of Denzel Washington’s character of an emotionally damaged man dealing with addiction. For these achievements the Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present the 2013 Director of the Year Award to Robert Zemeckis.”
Zemeckis routinely receives credit for his spectacular special-effects-enhanced visual sequences, and the plane crash at the start of “Flight” is an eye-popping addition to the filmmaker’s already impressive resume.
But Zemeckis also coaxes jaw-droppingly subtle performances from his cast, a talent that dates all the way back to “Used Cars” and “Romancing the Stone.” From Tom Hanks to “Cast Away” to Denzel Washington in “Flight,” the director has proven himself to be a real actor’s director. The Palm Springs honor should be the first of many this awards season.
Read more of our exclusive Awards coverage:
Our “Silver Linings Playbook” review
Ben Affleck tells us about “Argo” and the possibility of more Dennis Lehane stories
Bryan Cranston calls “Argo” his “proudest moment in motion pictures.”
Helen Hunt opens up about on-screen nudity for “The Sessions”
Amy Adams lends strength to “The Master”
“Arbitrage” director Nicholas Jarecki on Richard Gere and the Oscar race.
Producer Harvey Weinstein
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Indie Spirit Awards spread love to ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ ‘Silver Linings’ – ANALYSIS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards Tuesday morning, helping to refine the ongoing Oscar race in the wake of Monday’s Gotham Awards.
Two films that generated valuable buzz at the Gothams – Benh Zeitlin’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” – continued to pick up key awards nominations (including Best Feature at the Indie Spirits), possibly boosting their Oscar profiles. In addition, David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” – believed to be an Oscar frontrunner by noted Oscarologists – swayed the conversation back in its favor with multiple Indie Spirit Award nominations including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actor (for Bradley Cooper) and Best Actress (for Jennifer Lawrence).
Outside of this year’s major-studio races, Richard Linklater’s “Bernie” helped its cause with several important nominations in major categories. And Linda Cardellini’s campaign for her work in “Return” is working. She scored a nom in a tough category.
Here is a complete rundown of the 2013 Independent Spirit Award nominations. Trophies will be handed out on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013:
Best Feature
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Bernie”
“Keep the Lights On”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
Best Director
Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Ira Sachs, “Keep the Lights On”
Julia Loktev, “The Loneliest Planet”
Wes Anderson, “Moonrise Kingdom”
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Best Actor
Jack Black, “Bernie”
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Thure Lindhardt, “Keep the Lights On”
Matthew McConaughey, “Killer Joe”
Wendell Pierce, “Four”
Best Actress
Linda Cardellini, “Return”
Emayatzy Corinealdi, “Middle of Nowhere”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “Smashed”
Best Supporting Actor
Matthew McConaughey, “Magic Mike”
David Oyelowo, “Middle of Nowhere”
Michael Peña, “End of Watch”
Sam Rockwell, “Seven Psychopaths”
Bruce Willis, “Moonrise Kingdom”
Best Supporting Actress
Rosemarie DeWitt, “Your Sister’s Sister”
Ann Dowd, “Compliance”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Brit Marling, “Sound of My Voice”
Lorraine Toussaint, “Middle of Nowhere”
Best Screenplay
Ira Sachs, “Keep the Lights On”
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, “Moonrise Kingdom”
Zoe Kazan, “Ruby Sparks”
Martin McDonagh, “Seven Psychopaths”
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Best First Feature
“Fill the Void”
“Gimme the Loot”
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
“Safety Not Guaranteed”
“Sound of My Voice”
Best First Screenplay
Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, “Celeste and Jesse Forever”
Rama Burshtein, “Fill the Void”
Jonathan Lisecki, “Gayby”
Christopher Ford, “Robot and Frank”
Derek Connolly, “Safety Not Guaranteed”
Best Documentary
“The Central Park Five”
“How to Survive a Plague”
“The Invisible War”
“Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present”
“The Waiting Room”
Best Cinematography
Ben Richardson, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Roman Vasyanov, “End of Watch”
Lol Crawley, “Here”
Robert Yeoman, “Moonrise Kingdom”
Yoni Brook, “Valley of Saints”
Best International Film
“Amour”
“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”
“Rust and Bone”
“Sister”
“War Witch”
John Cassavetes [...]

“Rise of the Guardians” director Peter Ramsey on holidays, 3D and sequel ideas – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s not quite Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and Iron Man. But if the holidays ever needed an Avengers-style superhero group to combat the forces of evil, that ensemble likely would be made up of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman.
That, at least, is the driving story behind “Rise of the Guardians,” a thrilling and heartwarming animated adventure from DreamWorks Animation that took home the 2012 Hollywood Animation Award at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards gala. Directed by Peter Ramsey, “Guardians” tells an origin story of how Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) comes to join the mystical Guardians as they band together to stop the evil Pitch (Jude Law) from turning kids’ childhoods into living nightmares.
Ramsey sat down with HollywoodNews as the film prepared to open over the Thanksgiving weekend for a lengthy conversation. Here’s “Rise of the Guardians” director Peter Ramsey:
Much like with the pristine Blu-ray technology, animation just tends to work better in 3D than live-action film does. Do you agree, and how did the implementation of 3D affect your approach to “Guardians” and its visuals?
At the basic level, animation – by virtue of it not being reality – is inherently stylized. It’s got a bit more of a graphic quality, and you have to animate for graphic quality that I do think makes transferring to 3D a little easier.
I think, with our film in particular, we were going for a hybrid quality. We knew it was going to be in 3D, so we did a lot with our set design to reflect that fact. We were trying to maximize, through our visuals, how 3D was going to work. It was a combination of realistic lighting and the compositions, the level of stylization and the set design.
The other thing that we did, which was less obvious, is that we had a 3D script. We’d go through, shot by shot, and would either dial up or dial back the depth of focus depending on the level of emotional conflict. I’m sure it’s something that everybody does, but we were really trying to use the 3D that way, to increase intimacy by flattening out the 3D, or making it really deep in scenes with peril and psychological tension. What we did in a couple of scenes, where Jack’s in the lair with Pitch, we tried making some [...]

“Flight” screenwriter John Gatins on Denzel Washington and his fear of flying – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A major Oscar player for Paramount, Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight” opened to positive reviews (76% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and a healthy weekend take of $24.9 million.
The number was incredibly steady for Zemeckis, who returned to live-action for the first time since “Cast Away,” and carried under his arm a riveting performance by Denzel Washington in service of a commanding script credited to John Gatins.
Audiences might have been surprised by the depth of “Flight.” Largely advertised as a plane-crash thriller – piggybacking off Zemeckis’ equally gripping crash shots from “Cast Away” – the awards-friendly drama is far more interested in the moral fiber of the pilot who landed the damaged commercial airliner, Whip Whitaker (Washington), a struggling alcoholic. Look beyond Washington’s career-topping turn, though, and you’ll find plenty of dark material to explore in Gatins’ script, which is where I started a recent conversation with the “Flight” writer. Here’s John Gatins:
I love the film. It really caught me off guard, though I imagine you are hearing that from a lot of people.
I actually just read Roger Ebert’s really interesting commentary on the film. He’d already given the film a rave review, which was really cool and interesting, But he’s just written a really interesting piece that’s an analysis of Whip’s character that was incredible – really moving, really interesting. It has been nice. There are a lot of columnists and movie writers tackling thoughtful and thought-provoking pieces about the movie, which is always fun.
That’s funny. I wanted to start with that, because it’s always refreshing speaking with someone after their movie has come out. So often, it’s before, and people aren’t sure how it’s going to play. The marketing campaign did an interesting job of hiding the film’s true emotional intent. Are you happy with the way the picture was received? In what direction is the conversation swinging?
People’s immediate reaction … I’ve actually spoken to a number of critics and film writers who’ve told me that they’ve seen the movie twice. On a second viewing, they start focusing on a lot of different elements. Denzel’s performance is so amazing that it’s the thing that really resonates with you [the first time through]. You think about him, and you think about his character. I think on a second viewing, people begin thinking about the themes of the movie – fear, and what do I still believe [...]

Denzel Washington joins the Oscar race, promotes “Flight” on Letterman

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: My immediate impulse after catching up with Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight” this week was to Tweet, “Welcome to the Best Actor race, Denzel Washington.”
The longer I let the movie sit, though, it seemed like a 140-character reaction to a film that attempts – and accomplishes – so many difficult emotional maneuvers was slight and diminishing. “Flight” deserves” more than that. So much more. But for the record, welcome to the race, Mr. Washington.
Zemeckis’ return to live-action played the New York Film Festival earlier, and is ramping up toward its Friday release. Hurricane Sandy tried to slow down Paramount’s publicity push on Monday night. Instead, Washington appeared on David Letterman’s late-night talk show, which taped without an audience because of the adverse weather conditions.
Clips of Washington on Letterman are below. They’re fascinating for various reasons: He’s always a compelling interview; he has a tremendous character and a powerful film to promote; and there’s the eerie calm of no studio audience. Watch for yourself.
“Flight” is a must-see, an Oscar contender that delivers a right-cross to its audience after a devastating (and masterfully executed) plane-crash sequence. The movie might not be what you are expecting from the trailers – it’s far more concerned with the pains of alcoholism, and the moral quandaries that face a flawed hero. But it’s a stellar return to live-action for the director of “Cast Away,” and just might be one of the best movies you’ll see this year.

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Read more of our exclusive Awards coverage:
Our “Silver Linings Playbook” review
Ben Affleck tells us about “Argo” and the possibility of more Dennis Lehane stories
Bryan Cranston calls “Argo” his “proudest moment in motion pictures.”
Helen Hunt opens up about on-screen nudity for “The Sessions”
Amy Adams lends strength to “The Master”
“Arbitrage” director Nicholas Jarecki on Richard Gere and the Oscar race.
Producer Harvey Weinstein
Hollywood News on Twitter for up-to-date news information.
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