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It’s the time of the year many movie lovers fear but fills others with cheer. Folks, the season’s kicking into gear. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman hits theaters across the United States this weekend, while Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash gets an expansion to about 400 screens. Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher and Tommy Lee

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An intriguing teen sex metaphor highlights the unusually lyrical horror flick IT FOLLOWS, but does it deliver the goods?

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar recently screened for select bloggers and critics. Reactions seem to be all over the place, but it could end up being the big spectacle contender – because what else is there, honestly? Guess we’re still looking for “the one to beat,” assuming that we haven’t found it

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Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler will have its world premiere on Nov. 10 at this year’s AFI Fest – more specifically, in the Dolby Theatre. The remake of the 1974 drama that earned James Caan a Golden Globe nomination stars Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, Jessica Lange, Michael Kenneth Williams, and John

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We already knew that Disney had big plans for Into the Woods – Rob Marshall’s big-budget adaptation of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical – but plans for the Oscar campaign now seem settled (though everything is always subject to change): Emily Blunt and James Corden – who play the Baker’s

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Walking the tightrope between good and evil, freedom fighter and terrorist, love and war, Omar is a gripping, tragic story of Omar, a Palestinian baker in the middle of the military occupation. Working with Tarek and Amjad as freedom fighters (or terrorists depending on who’s side you’re on), he falls in love

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Back in August, I had the good fortune to catch AJ Bowen during some down time and we got together and had a nice chat over coffee a few days before the release of his last project You’re Next. Over the past year, whenever in his presence, he has spoken

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Secrets, lies, and half-truths complicate family matters in THE PAST, from Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi.

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Awards, Fests, and Campaigns Disney will push Saving Mr. Banks, which had a great stateside debut at the AFI Fest, as a drama at the Golden Globes. Most of us thought the film, which examines Walt Disney and P.L. Travers’ disagreements about 1964’s Mary Poppins, would contend in the musical

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Legendary animation auteur Hayao Miyazaki says farewell – on his own terms – with the aviation biopic THE WIND RISES.

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Given the recent release of Ender’s Game, it’s fitting that Drones is now screening at AFI Fest. Ender’s Game explores a futuristic war where we use children and their affinity for technology to play essentially video games to enact epic battles on the edges of space. Drones follows two drone

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Blue is the Warmest Color, Abdellatif Kechiche’s drama about a romance between two young women, took to four screens this weekend and opened with $100,316. That’s $25,079 for each screen, a better average than Michael Haneke’s Amour, the drama about an elderly woman and her husband that earned five Oscar

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Before heading into this week’s analysis, one should note that six films we assume are Oscar contenders remain unseen: American Hustle, Lone Survivor, Out of the Furnace, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Wolf of Wall Street. (The lattermost might not arrive this year, but distributor Paramount hopes it will be

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Another twist hit awards-watchers last week as Sony Pictures Classics bumped Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher out of its 2013 lineup – and not too long after an impressive teaser leaked. Maybe SPC simply wants its potential Oscar pony to avoid the current best picture front-runner. As Sasha Stone of Awards Daily

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Perhaps the most notable news of the week came on Monday, when The Weinstein Co. announced that Grace of Monaco will debut in theaters next year. Originally planned for release on Nov. 27, the Nicole Kidman-led biopic needs more time for completion and will hit theaters next spring as a

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We Oscar obsessives discuss the Academy Awards throughout the year, but the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off what we refer to as the Oscar season – and with good reason, as we have lots of ground to cover this week. Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate kicked off the fest with

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