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Aren’t we ready for next year – our own year-in-advance picks we know we’ll laugh at in several months’ time, the obvious Oscar bait that fizzles out for one reason or another, the films that catch fire at the last minute, the campaign chicanery? But we still have this Oscar

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Hayao Miyazaki’s body of work in animation is so relevant, and his last entry “The Wind Rises” one of the most perfect ode’s to an author’s career I have seen on cinema.

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The first-ever screening of David O. Russell’s American Hustle took place on Sunday. Word on the film ranges from decent to terrific, but the one aspect on which everyone seemed to agree: Jennifer Lawrence. Last year’s best actress winner apparently steals the movie with her scenes as the wife of

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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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The movie world is all about the actors, though the occasional director, like Peter Jackson, George Lucas, or Steven Spielberg, gets lucky every now and then. Among the cinematic minds who almost always the short end of the stick, however, are the writers, but The Hollywood Reporter gives them the

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Today was a day of firsts. Today was the first time I watched a shorts cuts programme at TIFF (liked 6 of the 7 shorts shown), I saw my first Miyazaki film on the big screen and generally had a great weird time. I am not going to mention my

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