Tag Archives: Award Season

“On the Basis of Sex”

“You’re a smart girl, Ruthie. You married a star!” Story: The real-life story of Kiki Bader Ginsburg, and how she went from law school student, wife and mother to a Supreme Court justice. Yeah, her nickname is Kiki. That’s simply wonderful. … Continue reading

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Award Season: AFI Awards for 2018 announced!

The American Film Institute has just released its list of winners from 2018! Ten films and ten television programs have been selected, as well as a special award for the film Roma.  Here’s the info on what these awards signify, … Continue reading

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Rapid Review: “Mary Queen of Scots”

(Because really; award season means you’re trying to winnow down the musts from the must-pass.) “I know your heart has more in it than the men who counsel you.” An epic true story gets a intimate imagining in this beautiful … Continue reading

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “If Beale Street Could Talk”!

I’m stoked about this film, as it’s been getting a whole lot of great buzz, and the trailer is absolutely wonderful. So, synopsis! Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a … Continue reading

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“Green Book” mini-review: A Touching, Powerful Tale

“Kentucky Fried Chicken! In Kentucky! When’s that ever gonna happen?” Genre I’d put it in: Quietly Moving Biopics Remake, Sequel, Based-On, or Original: Based on the real lives of Dr. Donald Shirley and Tony “Lip” Vallelonga. Also based on real … Continue reading

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“Maria by Callas” – a beautiful tribute

“I would like to be Maria, but there is the Callas I that have to live up to.” Called” La Callas” and “The Tigress”, opera singer Maria Callas was known for her powerful, beautiful voice. Complied from historical footage, filmed … Continue reading

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Green Book”!

I’ve heard absolutely amazing things about this movie, and I’m happy that I’ve got passes for the B’more screening of Green Book! Synopsis! When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive … Continue reading

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“First Man” crashes and burns

Nutshell: Shakeycam, choker-shots and Dutch angles rule the day in this dispassionate biopic. Director Damien Chazelle tries to shove Importance down viewers throats, but only manages greatness during the awe-inspiring moon landing. I came away with a headache, and the thought … Continue reading

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “First Man”!

Missed the Columbia screening? No worries – I’ve got passes for the B’more screening of First Man! Synopsis! On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for … Continue reading

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“Operation Finale” – a powerful start to Oscar season

Nutshell: Real-life Nazi hunters get a powerful and moving film tribute, thanks to a stellar ensemble cast and nimble screenplay. Kingsley and Isaac deliver performances people will be talking about when award ballots start to fly. Don’t even bother with … Continue reading

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