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Elaine May’s Mikey & Nicky Ready for Rediscovery on Criterion Blu-ray

To these eyes, one of the most notable films of the ’70s that still remains largely unknown and unheralded is “Mikey and Nicky,” Elaine May’s astounding and virtually unclassifiable third feature film. It’s probably better known today by most people for the wild behind-the-scenes stories surrounding its production than for the finished product, which disappeared virtually without…

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The Kid Who Would Be King

I have good news and bad news for anybody who is (as I was) looking forward to “The Kid Who Would Be King,” the latest film by British writer/director Joe Cornish. The bad news is a little complicated. Cornish has essentially transplanted “A Kid in King Arthur’s Court” to a modern-day post-Brexit England. This isn’t…

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The Favourite, Roma Lead 2019 Oscar Nominations

This morning saw the announcement of nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards. Leading the pack with ten nominations each are “The Favourite” and “Roma,” both receiving nods for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.  A full list of nominees is below:    Best Picture  “BlacKkKlansman““Black Panther““Bohemian Rhapsody““The Favourite”“Green Book““Roma”“A Star…

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#346 January 22, 2019

Matt writes: In honor of the nominees being announced this morning for the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, let’s analyze perhaps the most important “Oscar movie” of all time, “A Star Is Born.” Bradley Cooper’s awards contender is the fifth screen version of the story, and though it is a remarkable achievement in its own right, the best…

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Final Predictions For the 2019 Oscar Nominations

It’s that time—Christmas Eve for Oscar pundits. What will the Academy Santa Claus bring them in the morning? Sure, they know what a lot of the presents will be before they open them. It’s a guarantee that “Roma,” “Black Panther,” and “A Star is Born” will be multiple nominees in just under 24 hours. The…

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Don’t Come Back from the Moon

“Don’t Come Back from the Moon” murders its central metaphor with extreme prejudice, beating it into the ground until it is no longer recognizable. The gist is that the children of a small California desert town have a saying for when their fathers eventually abandon them: They refer to it as “going to the Moon.”…

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