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“Wrestle” Is An Engrossing Documentary About Poverty, Sports, And More

Thu, Feb 21 2019


In 1994, a documentary called Hoop Dreams set the standard by which almost all sports related documentaries set in High School. The way Steve James captured the hopes of student athletes who saw basketball as a way out of their poverty stricken existence was uncanny. Now, this week brings another doc that can boast the same thing. It̵ ... READ MORE
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Breaking Down The Most Up In The Air Best Picture Race Ever

Wed, Feb 20 2019


Too often, it seems like we head into Oscar night with a ton of races already wrapped up. This year, that’s decidedly not the case. A ton of the 24 Academy Award categories are still up for grabs, but notably, we still don’t have a clear view of the Best Picture field. Sure, we have a frontrunner, but it would be a history mak ... READ MORE
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“Hearts Beat Loud” – Kiersey Clemons, Brett Haley, and Nick Offerman: Hollywood Film Tribute

Wed, Feb 20 2019


Today we are recognizing Hearts Beat Loud, as well as co-writer/director Brett Haley, plus co-stars Kiersey Clemons and Nick Offerman. Our Hollywood Film Tributes recognize films and talent for their excellence in the art of filmmaking.

In a more just and fair world, Hearts Beat Loud would have at least one Academy Award nomination ... READ MORE
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What Can We Learn From An Academy Member’s Ballot?

Tue, Feb 19 2019


Ballots for the 91st Academy Awards are due in just a few short hours. On Sunday night, the Oscars will be handed out in all their glory, despite how mangled the telecast may end up. As voters are turning in their ballots, I wanted to share what one anonymous Oscar voter was choosing as their picks. One ballot obviously doesn’t tell ... READ MORE
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Could We Be In Line For The Worst Oscar Telecast Ever?

Tue, Feb 19 2019


It gives me no pleasure to write this, but as voting for the 2019 Academy Awards ends today, the actual upcoming ceremony may end up being unwatchable. Every change that the powers that be have instituted, hoping to drum up a bigger audience, has instead only alienated those who actually love the show and tune in to the Oscar telecast rel ... READ MORE
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WGA Shocks With Wins For “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” And “Eighth Grade”

Mon, Feb 18 2019


Sunday night brought the next precursor to our door in the Writers Guild of America. The WGA Awards were given out right as the Academy Awards loom a week away. With the Oscar categories of Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay far from locked up, this was an opportunity for voters to make a statement about those races. Or, ... READ MORE
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“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” – Morgan Neville: Hollywood Film Tribute

Mon, Feb 18 2019


Today we are recognizing Won’t You Be My Neighbor, as well as director Morgan Neville. Our Hollywood Film Tributes recognize films and talent for their excellence in the art of filmmaking.

One of the biggest injustices when the Academy Awards were announced was the fact that this film was snubbed in Best Documentary Features. ... READ MORE
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Box Office Report for February 15-17

Sun, Feb 17 2019


Welcome back to the weekly box office report! Each Sunday, expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, a massively budgeted picture in Alita: Battle Angel entered the marketplace, hoping to be the one to dominate and become the box office champion, along with a few o ... READ MORE
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Cinema Audio Society As Well As Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Hand Out Awards

Sun, Feb 17 2019


Last night, two important precursors for specific technical categories gave out their awards, helping to potentially inform how two Oscar fields may end up turning out. The pair of groups are the Cinema Audio Society, which ties into Best Sound Mixing at the Academy Awards, while the Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild obviously ties i ... READ MORE
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“Donnybrook” Is Deadly Serious About Its Violent Nature

Sat, Feb 16 2019


Filmmaker Tim Sutton has a dark view of the world. He’s shown that in previous features, but really doubles down with his newest work. Take any one scene from Donnybrook, Sutton’s new release that opened this weekend, and you’ll see an example of this. Grim and joyless, this portrait of desperate violence and working cla ... READ MORE
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