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Phoenix Critics Circle Debuts!

So excited to announce that I’m a part of this: New Film Critics Group, in Conjunction with the Phoenix Film Foundation, Releases Official Member Roster and Annual Activities PHOENIX, AZ (September 13th, 2014) – Phoenix Film Foundation has launched the Phoenix Critics Circle (PCC), a new association with Arizona-based film writers and journalists dedicated to the… Read more »

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2014 Oscar Predictions

Along with hundreds of other pundits posting their predictions for this Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, here are my picks for who will win, who I want to win, and who should have been nominated.  Best Picture12 Years a SlaveAmerican HustleCaptain PhillipsDallas Buyers ClubGravityHerNebraskaPhilomenaThe Wolf of Wall Street Will win: Gravity Should win: 12 Years a Slave Should have… Read more »

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Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

I posted this on Facebook yesterday: Philip Seymour Hoffman was an extraordinarily capable actor that disappeared into virtually every one of his characters. His role in Magnolia is marked by fierce human compassion; his brilliant portrayals in The Master and Synecdoche, New York provided some of my all-time favorite performances; his ferocity was on display… Read more »

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The Best Films of 2013, Part 2

I love so many movies from this year that making a top twenty was beyond difficult; these top ten could easily be moved around and still hold the impact I want, since this year has many great films worthy of being at the top. Part one, with the eleventh through twentieth best films of 2013,… Read more »

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The Best Films of 2013, Part 1

I’ve seen roughly 150 films in 2013, my most ever in a calendar year. This has been a truly outstanding year for film, with the most five-star releases I’ve encountered and some of the most promising young talents emerging on screen. I love so many movies this year that making a top twenty was beyond… Read more »

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The Best Actors of 2013

1. Robert Redford, All is Lost Robert Redford’s performance in All is Lost is one of the great performances in modern cinema. It relies heavily on silent film techniques and asks him to provide emotion to a nameless, effectively dialogue-free role. As “Our Man,” Redford is stranded at sea in his boat after a shipping container breaks into… Read more »

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The Best Actresses of 2013

1. Sandra Bullock, Gravity While Gravity is film’s greatest technical achievement since Avatar, Sandra Bullock’s brilliant portrayal of Ryan Stone stands as the year’s most impressive female performance. As an astronaut lost in space and stuck in pure survival mode, Bullock delivers a career-best performance that pretty much validates her as a Hollywood actress. As she becomes untethered… Read more »

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The Best Supporting Actors of 2013

1. Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave Creating one of the most petrifying villains I’ve seen in years, Michael Fassbender plays Edwin Epps, a sadistic slaveowner who takes in Solomon (Chiwetel Ejiofor) after he’s been almost killed at another plantation. Epps treats his slaves even more brutally, often savagely beating them for not meeting quota while… Read more »

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The Best Supporting Actresses of 2013

2013 has been one of the best years for film I’ve seen in the past decade. I’ve caught over 150 films released in the past 365 days, and many of them have contained performances that won’t be mentioned on this list. These actresses have the most emotionally affecting, narratively enhancing, and delicately balanced performances I’ve… Read more »

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Monsters University is Pixar’s storytelling in base form: solidly formed characters, a wonderfully realized and beautifully animated world, and enough light-hearted humor to get through occasionally dark themes. It won’t go down as one of their strongest efforts, due to its simplistic narrative and predictable developments, but it reminds us of how charming and sincere their… Read more »