Now that the nominees have been announced, the Oscar discussion shifts to predicting winners.
And the hits just keep on coming.
One of the year's most controversial films is, in my opinion, also its best.
This week we begin our annual look at the movies likely to compete for best picture at the Oscars, as well as the actors who might take home a statue. Studios use the award season as low-cost publicity, so this series also serves as a winter preview since some of these films will hopefully make it to area theaters over the next month or two.
Fans of crime writer Lee Child (pen name of Jim Grant) were livid when they heard Tom Cruise would be cast as Jack Reacher in the movie adaptation, and rightly so.
Quentin Tarantino. The name inspires a wild mixture of reactions.
Confession is good for the soul, so here goes. I do not like the musical "Les Misérables."
"This Is 40" is among the worst movies bearing the name of writer/director Judd Apatow. And that is really saying something.
"The Impossible" doesn't exactly pull off the impossible (a pun which many reviewers will surely use), but it is an astonishing piece of work.
With the arrival of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," another epic adventure begins.
"Hyde Park on Hudson" might be the strangest movie I recommend all year.
"Anna Karenina" is nearly a great film.
I'm the kind of person for whom the phrase "feel-good movie" is a negative term. I like to feel good, and I especially like to feel good by the time a movie's end credits roll.
"Smashed" is an example of many things I love about independent film.
"Wreck-It Ralph" demolished my defenses. I went into this movie with the same mixture of skepticism and hope with which I approach everything I review, but by the end I was pummeled into happy submission. I became a fan, just sitting there loving a movie.
The British drama "The Railway Man" is based on the memoir of the same title by Eric Lomax, and the best thing I can say for the movie is it makes me want to read the book.
It was inevitable that Blue Sky/20th Century Fox would make a sequel to "Rio," a modest hit in 2011 that earned almost $500 million worldwide. That's what studios do: milk each intellectual property for as much box-office revenue as possible.
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