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Oscars Round Up: ‘Fury Road’ has an inventiveness rarely seen in action films

For the final installment of our Oscars Round Up series, Pat Brown gives his take on a film with a staggering 10 Oscar nominations. Second only to ‘The Revenant,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ has gotten the nod in categories from Best Picture and Best Director (George Miller) to Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Design. […]

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Oscars Round Up: Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Room’ tugs mercilessly at our perceptions

The LV film team has been loving this series, highlighting Oscar nominees in advance of Sunday’s awards ceremony. First, John Rigby discussed ‘45 Years,’ next was Warren Sprouse’s ‘Theeb‘ review and, yesterday, Matthew Byrd checked in with his take on ‘Brooklyn.’ Today, Jaret Morlan (who wrote the piece on Sunday’s Oscar watch party for Issue […]

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Oscars Round Up: ‘Brooklyn’ is an intelligent and seductive love story

This week, the LV film team is exploring a few of the nominees for Sunday’s 88th Academy Awards. John Rigby kicked off the series with his review of ’45 Years,’ and yesterday, Warren Sprouse discussed the Jordanian nominee, ‘Theeb.’ Third in this series is Matthew Byrd’s review of ‘Brooklyn.’ The nominee for Best Picture, Best […]

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Oscars Round Up: Newcomer Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat is “astonishing” in ‘Theeb’

The LV film team offers up a peek at some of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards. Be sure to read the first in this series, John Rigby’s review of ’45 Years.’ Also, check out the article from Issue 193 on the Englert/FilmScene Hollywood Live! party. Today, Warren Sprouse reviews Best Foreign Film nominee […]

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Oscars Round Up: ’45 Years’ a remarkable study in dramatic restraint

With the Academy Awards coming up this Sunday, the LV film team has been reflecting on some of the nominees. Let this week of reviews be your cheat sheet as you make your Oscar predictions! Also, check out the article from Issue 193 on the Englert/FilmScene Hollywood Live! party. Here, John Rigby reviews ’45 Years.’ […]

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Review: Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ moderates a solipsistic worldview with ‘particularizing quirks’

Anomalisa FilmScene — Opens Friday, Jan. 22 The notion of the “uncanny valley” is a familiar topic in discussions around video games and computer animation. It’s a relatively simple idea: animation can be cute, endearing and even empathetic within a certain level of abstraction, but as the animated object edges closer to the reality of […]

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Talking Movies: ‘The End of the Tour’ aims high, stumbles

The End of the Tour Screening Sept. 4 through Sept. 10 at FilmScene It’s tricky making a movie based on a book of interviews with a guy concerned about being interviewed because no matter what, he’ll seem disingenuous. The guy in question is David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), and his interviewer is David Lipsky (Jesse […]

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