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MOVIE REVIEW: Silence

But all of those lofty intentions will not be automatically transcendent for everyone.  Let me say it like this as delicately as I can.  The level of your Christian faith, or lack thereof, will formulate your reaction, appreciation, or acceptance of “Silence.”  It is an agonizing personal test for an audience, just the same as it is for the characters on screen.  This will either be a soul-rattling testament or maddening torture.

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MOVIE REVIEW: War Dogs

You know the "Goodfellas" tropes: excessive narration, ordinary people getting rich or powerful doing extraordinary and often illegal activities played by colorful actors or actresses, dramatic license spinning a likely lesser true story, a kicking period soundtrack, pervasive drug use, freeze-frame shots to stamp moments, and a tidy epilogue of comeuppance.  Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it is also lazily standing on the shoulders of giants.  That’s the impact and existence of Todd Phillips’s “War Dogs” in a gun… err… nutshell. 

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COLUMN: Who should win/will win the 2016 Golden Globes?

More and more each year, the Golden Globes have become more an a popularity contest than a true precursor to the Academy Awards.  What you're watching on TV is a party thrown by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and hosted by Ricky Gervais in an effort to be loved and share some love.  To its credit, the awards show still garners legitimate attention and ratings.  The winners do get a pretty positive rub and the marketers gain a few more "Winner of..." graphics to put in the newspapers next to their films.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Z for Zachariah

Playing concurrently in limited theatrical release and on Video On Demand outlets after debuting at January's Sundance Film Festival, "Z for Zachariah" is based on Robert C. O'Brien's 1974 novel of the same name.  Written in the form of a diary during the paranoid peak of the 1970's, the post-apocalyptic novel reverberated with tension and clashes of survival.  Even with a trio of talented actors that turn heads, you would never know such crackle existed from the resulting film that falls flat at every turn.

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OSCAR PREDICTIONS 2014: The race for Best Picture

In this seventh and final post, we have come to the big finish.  Here is my breakdown for the race for Best Picture.  This is the big one and the cherry on top for my prediction series.  Stick with me and I will win you your Oscar pool.  Let's go!

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OSCAR PREDICTIONS 2014: The male acting awards

It's time to make my formal predictions.  In this sixth post, we are deep into the major award categories.  Here are my picks for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor.  Stick with me and I will win you your Oscar pool.  Let's go!

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OSCAR PREDICTIONS 2014: The writing and directing awards

It's time to make my formal predictions.  In this fourth post, we are starting to get to the major award categories.  Here are my picks for the two screenplay awards and Best Director.  Let's go!  Stick with me and I will win you your Oscar pool. 

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