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By Sandra Olmsted
This year, the Oscar race has at least three additional political factors to consider when choosing predictions and, of course, one other factor that couldn’t be forgotten, is the spending by the studio to promote their film to the voting membership.
By Sandra Olmsted
Clearly, director Lasse Hallström loves dogs as evidenced by his making both A Dog’s Purpose and Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009). Despite the animal rights controversy about Hallström most recent dog film, both films honor the way dogs uphold their relationship with mankind. Both films also show how mankind often asks too much of dogs or doesn’t honor the relationship. The same is true of the relationship between mankind and any domesticated animal, and that’s why this cat lover needed a box of tissues to get through A Dog’s Purpose.
By Sandra Olmsted
Hot on the heels of Casey Afflect’s award-winning role in Manchester by the Sea, Ben Affleck writes, produces, directs, and stars in Live by Night, a La La Land-style homage to Golden Age Hollywood’s film noirs.
The Oscar race heats up with the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announcing the Critics’ Choice Awards. The 2015 awards forecast 30 of the 33 Oscar nominees in the top six races, missing only directing noms for The Big Short and Room, and an acting nom for The Big Short.
by Sandra Olmsted, Ph.D.
The Holiday selection for movies offers lots of choices and something to please everyone! All these films are in theaters now.
BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK (TriStar) Director Ang Lee’s adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel relies heavily, perhaps too heavily, on technological advancements in filmmaking to tell the story of a reluctant war hero and his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad,. When Nineteen-year-old private Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle, he is brought home for a brief victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game, what really happened to the squad is revealed, contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions of heroism. Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker, Kristen Stewart, and Steve Martin also star. Rated R for language throughout, some war violence, sexual content, and brief drug use; 110 minutes.
by Sandra Olmsted
Here’s a recap of a few more films in theaters now, and a few of the coming attractions to look forward to seeing soon.
Moana (Disney) Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) sails out on a daring mission to save her people and recapture the spirit of her ancestors, the greatest sailors in the world who voyaged across the vast Pacific and discovered the many islands of Oceania. That was three thousand years ago, and their voyages of discovery stopped for a millennium. Moana needs help to navigate the difficult water, battle enormous sea monsters, and overcome impossible odds, and the help she gets comes from the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her quest to become a master wayfinder. Will Moana fulfill the ancient quest of her ancestors and discover the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity? Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker, the film is ideal for youngsters and delightful for all fans of animation. Rated PG for peril, some scary images, and brief thematic elements, it runs 113 minutes.« Previous Entries