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The 2019 Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced this morning and Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” was the standout with four nominations including Best Feature, Best Director (Schrader), Best Male Lead (Ethan Hawke) and …

Steve McQueen continues to surprise.  After the Oscar-winning “12 Years A Slave” you might have thought the London-born filmmaker would attempt another thought-provoking epic and he has, in a way.  “Widows” is a genre movie with…

There are still two major films left to see for 2018, but you can be guaranteed that Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” is going to be very close to the top of my year-end top 10 list. Inspired by his own parents’ volatile love affa…

Every year, the fall movie season brings with it a slew of films hoping to launch into the awards conversation. This year is no different, with films like “A Star is Born,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and “Green Book” becoming early favorites for awa…

Recently, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences president John Bailey and Carol Littleton, a member of the Board of Governors, appeared at the EnergaCamerimage Film Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland. While the discussion varied greatly, you bett…

2018 will probably be a very memorable year for Zoe Kazan.  The 35-year-old actress is best known for her roles in films such as “The Big Sick,” “Ruby Sparks” and the HBO mini-series “Oliver Kitteridge,” but she&#821…

And then there were four.  As we begin this second full week of November there are just four potential Best Picture contenders left to screen: “Mary, Queen of Scots,” “Vice,” “Mary Poppins Returns” and “The Mul…

Before we get to the unique story that found Daniel Stiepleman writing a movie about a close family member who is both a political and judicial icon, let’s cover the most pressing news first. Stiepleman’s aunt, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ba…

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 166 films that have submitted for this year’s documentary Academy Award. A number of films have still not had their required theatrical runs, but are expected to by the deadline.  And,…

You likely know writer, director and showrunner Sam Esmail from his breakout series “Mr. Robot.”  But the Emmy-nominated visionary showrunner actually has something new for you to binge on beginning this Friday.  On the same day that &#8220…