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    ‘Birdman’ wins 2015 Oscars; Full recap and winners

      87 years into the ceremony, the Oscars are still unabashedly about the movies. Host Neil Patrick Harris along with Anna Kendrick performed a whizzbang ode to “moving pictures” in perfect Broadway musical style. And despite the fresh songwriting that seemed to give a nod to last year’s winners for Frozen and “Let it Go”, […] More

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    The Hype Cycle: Oscar Nominations One Week Removed

    One week removed from the Oscar nominations, we’re still recovering from #OscarsSoWhite-gate, and the consensus seems to be that if only the Legos were white instead of yellow they would’ve been nominated after all. But really the conversation has started to move toward Hollywood rather than the Oscars, and how as a whole institution we […] More

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    The Hype Cycle: Nominations One Week Away

    2015 is finally here and so are the Oscars and actual Awards Season. No more of this speculation and hype machine stuff around movies that haven’t come out yet or guilds that haven’t had their say. Oscar voting ends today, January 8, and nominations are revealed bright and early on January 15, one week from […] More

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    The Hype Cycle – Anyone’s Race

    This column is a few days late this week, but then this was a particularly busy few days. The first three of the actual awards precursors finally arrived this week, including the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review and the Gotham Independent Film Awards. What’s the verdict? This is still anyone’s […] More

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    The Hype Cycle: AFI Fest

    As the end of the year approaches, the number of question marks in the Oscar ranks continues to sink lower. This past week, Selma, American Sniper, The Gambler and A Most Violent Year all dropped at AFI Fest, leaving only movies like Unbroken (still presumed to be a front-runner in a crowded field), Exodus: Gods […] More

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    Martin Luther King Jr. stands tall in trailer for ‘Selma’

    While there has been no shortage of racial, Civil Rights Movement dramas throughout cinema history, there is a shortage of truly meaningful depictions of the life of the movement’s most important figurehead, Martin Luther King Jr. Thus to see a movie focused firmly on the Alabama march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, to see […] More

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    The Hype Cycle: Pre New York Buzz

    The New York Film Festival starts today, and with it critics and industry members will get their first look at Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, leaving only a few studio tent poles remaining throughout the fall. They’ll also get a renewed look at Mr. Turner, Foxcatcher, and Birdman, so expect those to be back in […] More