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‘Star is Born’ not great, will probably win best picture

6/10 A Star is Born is the kind of predictable, pretentious Oscarbate that I want to despise with every fiber of my being, but I can not. Everything about this movie tells me I should hate it, but it is … Continue reading

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Political thriller ‘Miss Sloane’ released almost exactly a month too late

Ever since they started putting TV previews ahead of the trailers in movies, they’ve had a strange affinity for advertising sultry, off-primetime dramas hinging on a single character. Shows like Hawthorne or The Client List, whose advertisements are simply a … Continue reading

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Election week arthouse binge part 2: Denial

Man, Oscarbate movies really suck. If you know what you’re looking for, they feel way too much like an advertisement for something you couldn’t buy even if you wanted to. They’re just, they’re not fun to watch. Denial is based on … Continue reading

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I’m only doing this because of the Oscar noms: Carol

Any time a movie’s trailer reminds me of that satire Swedish arthouse film from (500) Days of Summer, it’s a bad sign, but Carol rises above the scandalous Oscar-bate nonsense it advertises itself as and becomes the most enjoyable romance of 2015. Based on … Continue reading

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