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Gary Oldman will run away with Best Actor for his work in “Darkest Hour”

22 November 2017 8:48 AM, PST

There are times when the prognostication world anoints a presumed Oscar winner, only to have the film or the performance fall flat when actually seen. Then, there are other times when the movie or performer meets expectations and the victor should begin writing up their speech for the Academy Awards. More often than not, the former winds up being true. Gary Oldman is a case of the latter, as his turn in Darkest Hour is 100% going to win him the Oscar for Best Actor. It’s just a done deal, Academy wise. Beginning its theatrical run today, it’s also a quality biopic that’s more than simply shameless awards bait. The film is a look at British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Oldman), how he came to power during the early days of World War II, and his agonizing decision over whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on. The »

- Joey Magidson

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Independent Spirit Award nominations announced

21 November 2017 10:43 AM, PST

Just a few moments ago, the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were revealed to the public, continuing on with Phase One of the awards season. This precursor marks another new point in the race, as many of these movies nominated today will be contending for Oscar attention as well. Removed from the Academy Award race though, this is just a great precursor because of what it nominates. The films are small in budget and often need a leg up, so this is a spotlight on what the viewing public should be searching out in theaters and at home on Blu-Ray or VOD. Congrats to the nominees and read on to see who and what they were… You’ll see all of the nominees below, but as you’ll be able to tell, it appears to be a race between Call Me By Your Name, The Florida Project, Get Out, and Lady Bird, »

- Joey Magidson

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“Coco” is one of Pixar’s best films yet

20 November 2017 10:52 AM, PST

Ladies and gentlemen…Pixar has done it again. One more time, they’ve crafted an original modern animated classic. In this instance, the movie in question is Coco, the latest Disney/Pixar outing to tug at heart strings and make you smile in equal measure. Opening this week, in time for Thanksgiving, it should probe to be another massive hit, both with audiences and also Academy voters. The critics are already on board, and rightly so. This is something truly special. There’s no way to fully prepare yourself for the emotional impact of this one, so just know that the company is going to make you cry once again. The film is a family story, centering on young Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez), who yearns to play guitar. However, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, that’s not a possibility. With the Day of the Dead festival on their minds, »

- Joey Magidson

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