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The Best Picture Race

By Sandra Olmsted

With so many of the Oscar worthy films opening in December, filmgoers who yearn to see as all Oscar nominated films struggle with what to see. Since film is a collaborative art, the films in the race for Best Picture often also get nominations for Acting, Directing, and many of the creative/production Oscars, such as Screenplay, Score or Song, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, etc. The lists below focus on films that seem “sure things” for Best Picture nominations, films that are “hopeful” of nominations, and films that “maybe” will get nominations and provide information for what to catch this month, what opens in limited release in either NYC or LA to qualify for nomination and may open in St. Louis later, and what came out earlier this year and might be available elsewhere. Although there are always “red herring” films nominated, those fortunate enough to see all of these films will have many Oscar bases covered come the 87th annual Academy Awards on February 22.

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HOLIDAY FARE: Movies Fair, and Not-So-Fair

By Sandra Olmsted

While some highly anticipated films are opening in time for the Thanksgiving weekend, many more are slated for later in December. Here’s a heads up on what’s in theaters for those who will avoid shopping or have it done, and what’s coming out later in the holiday season.

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The Theory of Everything: Almost

By Sandra Olmsted

Director James Marsh’s adapts Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen, the book by the first Mrs. Stephen Hawking, in The Theory of Everything and reveals a sympathetic, humanistic side of the famous British physicist and an even more sympathetic one of his first wife, Jane.

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Futuristic ‘Interstellar’ Contemplates Multiple Meanings of Time, Space, God

By Sandra Olmsted

In an unspecified future, the world has been changed by a blight, which resembles the 1930s Dust Bowl, although America’s breadbasket still grows enough food to keep going. On the family farm, ex-NASA test pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) struggles to raise his kids, the precocious 10-year-old Murph (Mackenzie Foy) and her 15-year-old brother Tom (Timothee Chalamet), with help from Donald (John Lithgow), his late wife’s father.

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The Makings of You: Opening Film for The St. Louis International Film Festival

By Sandra Olmsted

In an unusual move, the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) opens with a film made locally and by St. Louis native Matt Amato, who returned to shoot his debut feature.

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‘Big Hero 6’ is Perfect for Kids

By Sandra Olmsted

In Big Hero 6, Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter) wastes his days illegally fighting robots, and his brother Tadashi (voice of Daniel Henney) wishes his whiz-kid brother, who graduated high school at 13 would enroll in the local university’s robotics program and takes Hiro to the lab.

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