Tag Archives: Oscar Bait

“A Star Is Born” (2018) – a riveting remake

Nutshell: THAT’S how it’s done. An amazing remake by first-time director Cooper that’s full of the sturm, drang and achingly beautiful moments we expect from this classic story. He’s got his work cut out for him with his next film; Star … Continue reading

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TrailerWatch: Crank up the Awards Season Machine for “A Private War”

Time for Award Season Onslaught y’all!  Yeah, it’s still August.  But I’m seeing a few films that look like shiny, shiny awards fodder.  Operation Finale is one, and now comes a biopic starring Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci. Sounds … Continue reading

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“Thank You For Your Service” is a must-add to your watch list

Nutshell: Jason Hall tells a story about three men returning home from Iraq, and turns it into a rallying cry for better post-service care for our Military.  Intense wartime scenes blend with heartbreaking realities after the characters come home, and … Continue reading

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Catching Up Review: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Bloody, bloody, bloody.  And bloody good.  See what I did there?  FINE.  But if you can stomach the copious amounts of gruesome battle FX (apparently director Gibson loves slinging blood onscreen.  See: The Passion of the Christ) you’ll find an … Continue reading

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: Jackie!

This year has been terrific for biopics and docu-dramas.  But do you have room for one more?  Because I have screening passes for the Baltimore area screening of Jackie, about the former first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Synopsis! JACKIE is … Continue reading

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TrailerWatch: “Silence” speaks of religious persecution in 17th Century Japan

Martin Scorsese’s Silence is slated to hit theaters December 23rd, and now we get a peek at the finished product.  And it looks amazing.  In fact, I want to grab Shūsaku Endō’s book (which this film is based on) and … Continue reading

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Short Film, Short Review: “The Opera Singer”

“Accidents happen.  Life happens.  Or maybe it doesn’t.” Absolutely beautiful.  Can something be uplifting and poignant at the same time?  Well, this short about an opera singer who’s headed toward the end of her life can, and does.  It’s a … Continue reading

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