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Holiday Movies Always Bring Oscar Buzz

By Sandra Olmsted

The holidays are here and plenty of great films that are getting Oscar buzz and some movies that are just entertainment are headed to theaters in the next few week.

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Home Grown Awards: St. Louis Film Critic’s Announce Nominations

By Sandra Olmsted

The local film critics, who have been making a name for themselves in awards circles, released their nominations for the 2013 films. One of the most unusual awards the St. Louis Film Critics (SLFC) give is for Best Scene. These are the nominations for this year: 12 Years a Slave – The hanging scene; Captain Phillips – The scene near the end of the film where Tom Hanks is being checked out by military medical personnel and he breaks down. Gravity – The opening tracking shot; Her – Off-screen OS sex scene. The Place Beyond the Pines – The opening scene where Ryan Gosling is walking through the carnival.

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Holiday Season Always Offers Promising Award-winning Films

by Sandra Olmsted

The holiday season offers many films for all audiences, and below is the scoop on several getting some buzz.

Opening Friday, Dec.  13:

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (Lionsgate) Tyler Perry dons his Madea suit and bring Madea back to the big screen for a Holiday film. When Madea helps a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, the two of them find a big surprise when they arrive. As the small, rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Carnival, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested,and all the while Madea dishes out her own brand of Christmas Spirit to one and all. In addition to contemporary songs, the soundtrack boasts a healthy array of popular traditional Christmas songs.

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Out of the Furnace: Taking the Heat

Russell (Christian Bale) contentedly works in the mill like their father did, while brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) joins the Army in the drama Out of the Furnace opening Dec. 6

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The Book Thief: Lost from the Novel

by Sandra Olmsted

Director Brian Percival’s adaptation of Markus Zusak’s World War II novel stands alone as a film because of the acting and exceptional set and production design which gives the audience a peek inside the Nazi Germany from the point of views of a foster child, her everyman Papa, and her grumpy Mama. In 1938, while her mother carts her and her younger brother across Germany to deliver them to foster parents, Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse), a little girl, gets a crash course in loss, and Death (Roger Allam), who narrates the film, meets her for the first time. Captivated by Liesel, Death takes an unlikely interested in this human child. Meanwhile, Liesel must adjust to her new parents, Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson) Hubermanns, and to a new town, a new school, and a new way of life as war and rationing arrive on their doorstep. Fortunately, Liesel meets Rudy Steiner (Nico Liersch), the boy next door, who falls hard for the tough and guarded Liesel.

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Dallas Buyers’ Club: Oscar Bound

By Sandra Olmsted

At the very least, Matthew McConaughey should get an Oscar nomination  for his role as Ron Woodroof, a homophobic, hedonistic Texan whose bad lifestyle choices lead to a diagnoses of AIDS in the film Dallas Buyers’ Club. Taking the diagnosis as a personal affront to his manhood, Ron ignores the diagnosis and pretends there’s nothing wrong until his health begins to fail. Then he’s very proactive.

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