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Diverse weekend releases usher in new season of films


With the Academy Awards last weekend, a new season of films has officially begun. March should bring more new releases each weekend than January and February, which are typically slow months for theaters because of the awards season. This weekend has three nationwide releases, all playing to very different audiences. 300: Rise of an Empire […]

Predicting the closest race in years


With the 86th Academy Awards only three days away, the Best Picture race has seemingly narrowed to a three-way duel between Alfonso Cuarón’s immersive sci-fi spectacle Gravity, Steve McQueen’s soul-searing historical drama 12 Years A Slave and David O. Russell’s flashy crime caper American Hustle. No matter which film ultimately triumphs, two things are already […]

Oscars bring the best fashions to the table


Apparently, the Super Bowl is a big deal. Now, I do the parties, the cheering and eating and screaming, but, honestly, the outcome of the Super Bowl has no effect on my life whatsoever. And apparently, the NBA’s Finals are also a big deal. Again, I’m a good sport — but a good sport who […]

Great novels inspire the Oscars’ best films


This Sunday marks the 85th Academy Awards, which means that the annual race for best picture will finally come to an end. All things considered, it’s been a pretty good year for film. The artsy Beasts of the Southern Wild holds rank with the conservative Lincoln. The awkwardly funny Silver Linings Playbook is keeping up […]

2012 Oscar season disappoints in best original song category


In a year where the nominations for best picture range from the feel-good The Help to the philosophical Tree of Life, the nominations for best original song remain disappointingly shallow. For the 84th Academy Awards, only two songs were nominated for the category: Rio’s “Real in Rios” and The Muppet’s “Man or Muppet.” It’s not […]