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The Oscar race begins with this morning’s announcement of nominations.  Biggest surprises: only two nominees for best song, overlooking songs by Lady Gaga, Elton John, Chris Cornell, Sinead O’Connor, and Mary J. Blige, no Pixar film on the Best Animated Feature […]

The American Film Institute: AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR Bridesmaids The Descendants The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo The Help Hugo J. Edgar Midnight In Paris Moneyball The Tree Of Life War Horse AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR Breaking […]

The National Board of Review announced their awards for 2011.  I’m especially pleased for the recognition for “Margin Call,” Christopher Plummer’s performance in “Beginners,” and the excellent documentary “Crime After Crime.” Best Film: Hugo Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo Best […]

Martin Scorsese’s enchanting “Hugo” is a thrillingly immersive adventure.  It is about two orphans trying to solve a mystery.  It is about the way that stories help us make sense of life.  It stretches from the very beginnings of movies […]

This week’s release of “Hugo,” based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, is inspired by the films of George Méliès, the French magician-turned-filmmaker who pioneered the field of special effects.  “A Trip to the Moon,” made in […]