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Movie Review: “Interstellar”

Space… the final frontier. Actually, when it comes to the movies, this “final frontier” has gotten a tad crowded throughout the years. The thing is, the topic of space travel has been explored on a cinematic level quite a few times during the past few decades. In fact, some of the most talented and well-known more »

Movie Review: “St. Vincent”

During the first half of his long, storied career, I think it’s fair to say that Bill Murray, the acclaimed star of “St. Vincent,” has carved a nice niche for himself portraying characters that fit a certain comedic mold. Due to the fact that he wasn’t exactly blessed with the looks and muscles of… oh, more »

Sure beats Seth MacFarlane: Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris has been talked about as a potential Academy Awards host, it seems, since a couple of years after he got done playing Doogie Howser. The child star-turned-sitcom star-turned-Broadway star has already hosted the Tonys and Emmys, while also winning both. In 2015, Harris will finally host the Oscars, the show’s producers announced more »

First ‘Rosewater’ trailer is about hope, survival, Oscar bait

Jon Stewart’s chops as a political satirist, stand-up comedian, TV host, writer and even actor can be hardly called into question after nearly two decades of The Daily Show, although in recent years his fake news program has started to feel like a poor man’s Colbert Report. Still, the 20-time (!!!) Emmy winner has little more »

Telluride Film Festival nabs ‘Wild’, ‘Imitation Game’, ‘Rosewater’ world premieres

Things are about to get feverishly heated in the 2015 Oscar race, as the Telluride Film Festival just announced a whopper of a lineup in a traditional low-key manner. Not that they’ll ever going to gloat about it like Toronto, New York or Venice do, but the 41st Southern Rocky shindig managed to secure three more »

David Ayer and Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ to wrap up 2014 London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival has declared war against fellow fall Oscar pacesetters. Literally. Okay, maybe not literally literally. But in its limelight battle with Toronto, Venice, Telluride or New York, the London shindig seems to heavily rely on war movies. Specifically, pictures set during World War II. Always a fertile ground for Hollywood auteurs more »

IFC Films picks up SXSW hit ‘Before I Disappear’ for North American distribution

As a short aficionado, there are no words to describe the excitement I felt hearing one of the most precious compressed gems in recent memory was getting a lengthened version. Of course, I never really got my hopes up to see the feature-length counterpart of Shawn Christensen’s “Curfew” bowing in more than a handful of more »

Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ secures Oscar-friendly release date

It’s official, Jon Stewart’s rookie directorial effort has just joined the likes of “Foxcatcher”, “Boyhood”, “Unbroken”, “Gone Girl”, “Birdman”, “The Imitation Game” and “Wild” on this year’s (very) early and very crowded Oscar contender pack. After snapping up distribution via Open Road Films (“End of Watch”, “The Grey”), and securing a high-profile premiere spot at more »

Jessica Chastain plays with fire, Colin Farrell in ‘Miss Julie’ trailer

With dozens of obvious Oscar contenders, and perhaps as many not so obvious, on the official slate for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, getting noticed and building healthy buzz ahead of the fest’s debut isn’t exactly a walk in the park. But if a steamy, provocative, riveting trailer starring Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell more »

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Loaded Toronto Fest lineup includes ‘The Judge’, ‘The Drop’ and ‘Good Lie’

As much as on-the-rise, smaller shindigs like Telluride or New York continue to chip away at Toronto International Film Festival’s prominence and relevance in the build-up to the Oscars, TIFF remains a barometer of often low-budget cinematic excellence and virtue. Case in point, the just-announced 2014 roster, consisting of no less than 37 (mostly) high-profile world more »

Riveting ‘Imitation Game’ trailer debuts, tells Alan Turing story

The Oscar race is a marathon rather than a sprint, so while contenders like “Birdman”, “Foxcatcher” or “Gone Girl” may have got a head start thanks to promptly released trailers and various early festival debuts, nothing’s lost just yet for competitors such as The Weinstein Company’s “Imitation Game”. With the support of two highly skilled more »

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David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ set for New York Film Festival bow

Forget Cannes, Venice, Telluride or Toronto, the New York Film Festival is the place to get your successful Oscar campaign underway. “Captain Phillips” bowed at the NYFF last year ahead of a London Fest screening and wide theatrical release, and things worked out pretty well for the six-time Academy Award-nominated Paul Greengrass drama. “Her” also more »