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Oscars Underdogs: Nine Actors Who Deserve Voters’ Attention

One problem with awards races is that there are too many possibilities, so some outstanding performances get overlooked. Here are nine actors who did spectacular work in 2021, but are underdogs in...

Joel Coen Is New King of Scotland With His Beautiful ‘Macbeth’

Never underestimate Joel Coen. In a year when nine of the top-grossing films are part of a franchise, his new film is Shakespeare. Entirely filmed on soundstages, with abstract, Expressionistic sets. It’s...

Oscars: Jennifer Hudson Deserves ‘Respect’ for Her Work

The past year has given us several impressive performances by actors playing well-known women. Though two thesps have garnered a disproportionate amount of awards buzz thanks to Film Twitter, Jennifer Hudson deserves...

Brothers Offer New Perspective on ‘Maternity and Family’ With ‘Parallel Mothers’

Pedro Almodóvar has written and directed 23 feature films since 1978; each one carries his unique style, yet he manages to keep surprising audiences. “Parallel Mothers” may be his best and most...

‘King Richard’ Editor on Crafting Unique Tennis Matches and Capturing Venus and Serena Williams’ ‘Inspiring’ Family

Pamela Martin of Warner Bros.’ “King Richard,” says, “When it comes to editing, you have to love your characters, flawed or not. And I loved that family.” Before signing on, the editor says,...

George Clooney on Working with Ben Affleck in ‘Tender Bar,’ Inspiration for Role and Political Activism

Amazon’s “The Tender Bar” is George Clooney’s eighth film as director, with William Monahan scripting from J.R. Moehinger’s book about a family that spans the years, with Daniel Ranieri, then Tye Sheridan...

How Pixar’s ‘Luca’ Was Inspired By Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Playful’ Style

“Luca” fulfills Pixar’s mandate of expanding its boundaries. The animated film, directed by Enrico Casarosa, is set in Italy, but the storytelling is influenced by Japanese films, especially the works of Hayao...

‘Bergman Island’ Offers Rare Look Into Life of a Female Screenwriter

Movies sometimes depict the difficulties of filmmaking and a few even deign to mention the screenwriter. Among the rare films in which scripters are front and center: “Sunset Boulevard,” “In a Lonely...

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