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Bryan Cranston sells the speech

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 4, 2016 14:10:47 January 4, 2016 14:10:47
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Before the New Year, most Oscar prediction experts were in agreement that it would be Leonardo DiCaprio winning Best Actor. He will most likely win Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globes on Sunday, because those dicksuckers at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association love him. But they don’t get a say at the Oscars. Full Story

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Johnny Depp & “Amanda” Heard in Palm Springs

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 4, 2016 13:21:36 January 4, 2016 13:21:36
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As mentioned earlier, several major Oscar contenders attended the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday to accept awards but, mostly, to campaign for an Oscar nomination. Palm Springs has a great recent record of honouring those who go on to Oscar consideration so, even though they require their award recipients to show up in exchange for the recognition, everyone knows that, unlike, say, the Hollywood Film Awards, these ones actually mean something. Full Story

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The Top 10 Films of 2015

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 31, 2015 15:36:00 December 31, 2015 15:36:00

Anomalisa This is Charlie Kaufman’s sophomore directorial effort, seven years in the making and with an assist by Duke Johnson, who directed Community’s animated episodes. Anomalisa is a flat-out astounding film, where stop-motion puppets peel their faces off but also enact realistic and intimate love scenes, and it swings from one of the single funniest lines of dialogue this year to one of the most painful break-ups. Full Story

Michael Fassbender is really going for it in Assassin’s Creed

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 30, 2015 18:36:55 December 30, 2015 18:36:55

Just under a year from now, Michael Fassbender will attempt to break the video game curse with an adaptation of the video game Assassin’s Creed. The film wrapped principal photography just before Christmas, so we’re starting to see images from the movie, giving us some idea of what Fassy will look like as a medieval assassin caught up in a shadow war with the Knights Templar. Full Story

Marky Mark is the MOST MAN in Daddy’s Home

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 30, 2015 16:23:52 December 30, 2015 16:23:52
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I suppose it’s only fair, since Point Break turned out to be entertaining almost in spite of itself, that the other wide-release non-Star Wars option at the cineplex this holiday season, Daddy’s Home, is exactly as bad as you think it is. Full Story

The Doctor will see you now

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 29, 2015 16:11:11 December 29, 2015 16:11:11

In the wake of New New Star Wars annihilating the box office, Marvel wants to remind us that whatever money the Force didn’t claim goes straight into Tony Stark’s piggy bank, so they get the last cover the year from Entertainment Weekly to introduce Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange. Full Story

Point Break 2.0: enjoyable as a stupid movie

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 29, 2015 14:55:51 December 29, 2015 14:55:51

And yeah, OG Point Break is a ridiculous f*cking movie, too. As far as comparing the two goes, it’s not a matter of the original being better because the original Point Break is silly as f*ck, and this movie is silly as f*ck, so in that sense it’s keeping the tradition alive. It also has some “who cares if they die, this will look totally bitchin’” action sequences, though it doesn’t have anything close to the original’s famous chase scene Full Story

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in (a Christmas) Carol

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 24, 2015 15:49:14 December 24, 2015 15:49:14

(Lainey: the “Christmas” in the title is my corny addition and not Sarah’s. Am working on a theme today.) Todd Haynes made one of my all-time favorite films, Velvet Goldmine, which is about a young man’s sexual awakening at the hands of a more experienced man during the vibrant and drug-fueled 1970s glam-rock era. Full Story

Will Smith in Concussion

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 23, 2015 17:21:25 December 23, 2015 17:21:25
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What a wasted opportunity. Concussion could have been such a kick in the nuts to the NFL. It’s produced by Sony, like the one studio in no way connected to the NFL either through advertising or broadcasting contracts, and Sony took enough of a “come at me, bro” attitude with this movie to use the NFL and all team logos without permission, pretty much daring the league to sue them. Full Story

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Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 22, 2015 18:26:53 December 22, 2015 18:26:53
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Usually we title these reviews with the name of a star in the film, but when it comes to Quentin Tarantino, he is the star of his films. Tarantino is a real auteur, the kind of filmmaker whose authorial stamp is so strong it overrides everything else about his films. For a long time, Tarantino was a filmmaker I enjoyed more academically than actually liked, but his recent run of historical revisionist films has really worked on me, and The Hateful Eight is the best one of the set. Full Story

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Tina Fey & Amy Poehler in Sisters

Sarah Posted by Sarah at December 21, 2015 19:13:12 December 21, 2015 19:13:12
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No one expected much from Sisters, as it opened against Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it managed to not entirely face-plant by taking in $13.4 million over the weekend. Even though it opened #3 behind Star Wars and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip, making it into double digits is a win. It did better than recent bromantic comedy The Night Before, which is a little baffling because The Night Before is a WAY better Full Story