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2015 Academy Awards — Predictions and Preferences

The 2015 film year pointedly illustrates Hollywood’s strategy to save the best for last. While “Woman in Gold,” Woody Allen’s “The Irrational Man,” and “Me and Earl and the Dying … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Golden Globe Chatter — Literally

The movie year is looking more and more like a basketball game. Only the last quarter seems to count, and little matters at all until you get to the playoffs, … Continue reading

January 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

At the Movies — 13 Films from Winter 2014-2015

As usual, film distributors are insuring against short memories and saving their best releases for the end of the year when voters consider their award choices. Among 2014 movies, one … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Birdman — a movie by Alejandro González Iñárritu

The spirit of Samuel Taylor Coleridge has to be invoked practically every minute Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Birdman” digitally projects on the screen. While Michael Keaton, in his best role of … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lend Me a Tenor — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

When a piece of a door breaks off after apparently being slammed one time past its tolerance, actor Perry Ojeda, playing an internationally renowned opera singer in “Lend Me a … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Fault in Our Stars — a movie by Josh Boone

Shailene Woodley has natural appeal. In at least three of her films — 2011’s “The Descendants,” last year’s “The Spectacular Now,” and the current “A Fault in Our Stars — … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Chef — a movie by Jon Favreau

“Chef” has all the ingredients to be charmer, and it doesn’t disappoint. Although Jon Favreau’s movie raises questions about some aspects of its plot — A man whose comments and … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jersey Boys — a movie by Clint Eastwood

In dozens of speeches and articles, I’ve warned against comparing a movie to a play or either to a book. “The media, and the tools of expression needed to convey … Continue reading

July 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Taking Home Oscar for 2013 and The Day After

Oscar night is here. Two of the six major categories, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, are fairly predictable while the other four can go in several directions.       The … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Oscar Nomination Predictions Updated– 2013 Movies

 By early tomorrow morning, the suspense will be over as regards the films and actors who will receive Academy Award nominations for movies  released in 2013. The Oscar will be  … Continue reading

January 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

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