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Annie Review

Wow. I hate to dog pile on Sony at this difficult time, but the new Annie is arguably one of the worst movies of the year. If only it could have been pulled from release instead of The Interview! I envision horrified executives, after watching the final cut, taking a meeting and asking each other, “Is…

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Critics Choice Nominations Announced: How Do You Think I Should Vote?

And so it begins. The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), of which I am a voting member, has announced this year’s Critics Choice nominations for The 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.  “Birdman” leads this year with 13 nominations. The winners will be revealed at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which will broadcast live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium on…

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The Hobbit: The Batttle of the Five Armies Review

Like most who have read and loved Tolkien, I had mixed emotions going into The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: I was both tired of and frustrated by the exploitative expansion of a short book into three long films, but still a bit sorry knowing that this would be the final chapter and…

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Exodus Gods and Kings Review

Just in time for the holidays, a spectacular movie of Biblical proportions. I’d forgotten how entertaining it is to hunker down and watch a cast of thousands on incredibly lavish sets. I don’t care if most of it is CGI, Ridley Scott has given us a historical epic on a grand scale that we haven’t seen…

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Still Alice Review

Still Alice is one of those remarkable films that elegantly treats a tragic topic without leaving you feeling fearful and depressed. This is mostly thanks to Julianne Moore’s luminous performance of 50-year-old Alice Howland, an accomplished professor, wife and mother of three who is diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s. If you’re like me, you watch Still Alice very closely, realizing…

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Wild Review

Wild is a Reese Witherspoon tour de force–an adroit film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s popular 2012 memoir of the same name, about a young woman who has lost her husband, her mother and herself, as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail alone in an attempt at self redemption. I hope you’ll forgive me, though, for…

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The Imitation Game Review

I’m a sucker for a tragic genius period film with an Oscar-worthy lead, and it’s a good thing, because there seems to be a proliferation of them lately. But the abundance in the genre takes nothing away from The Imitation Game’s dramatization of the life of the brilliant Alan Turing, whose efforts and intellect played…

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The Hunger Games Mocking Jay Review

Fans of the franchise, give a sigh of relief and a squeal of anticipation — you will not be disappointed! More than a space filler between Catching Fire and the big franchise finish, Mocking Jay Part 1 is a darkly intriguing film in its own right, even though there are no Hunger Games to speak of.…

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The Captive Review

By Staci Layne Wilson Director Atom Egoyan made a big splash in the 90s with his most critically acclaimed film, The Sweet Hereafter (which was nominated for two Academy Awards). But the hereafter hasn’t always been so sweet. My favorite film of his, Where the Truth Lies, barely blipped on the public radar. 2009’s sexy…

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The Babadook Review

By Staci Layne Wilson It’s been years since a really and truly scary movie has grabbed the hearts and minds of the general public. Yes, there have been some genuine underground hits within the cult horror crowd, but nothing has generated buzz lately quite like a little indie from down-under – and it’s directed by…

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