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The Mauritanian
The prison set up at Guantanamo Bay after the 9/11 attacks became one of the most controversial parts of the decades-long war on terror. Thousands of people were detained there and only a handful of them were ever charged. During the years after 9/11 there were dozens of stories about prisoner abuse there. One of the most damning testimonies came in the form of the bestselling book, The Mauritanian. This film chronicles the events that lead to one of the detainees finally getting a court date and being able to share with the world his experience. ...
 
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Land
Have you ever had that urge to just get away from it all? Go out to the middle of nowhere and start fresh? Well, this is a movie all about that. Too bad she picks one of the world's harshest climates to start over in. Firsts off, congratulations to Robin Wright on her feature film directorial debut. That is a huge accomplishment and should never be overlooked. I just wish the movie had turned out a little bit better than what it is. The story is told in a very choppy way....
 
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Nomadland
If you are not familiar with the works and stylings of Director Chloe Zhao you need to know that she is a filmmaker with a style unique to her. She is infatuated with the "wild west," she tells slice-of-life stories of ordinary people, and her films feel like they are part narrative movie and part documentary. She is a huge name in the independent film world, and rightfully so. Her films are beautiful, emotional, and moving. Just like Taylor Swift writing a breakup song, Nomadland is right in Chloe Zhao's wheelhouse. And...
 
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Malcolm and Marie
Zendaya has come a long way from her time as a Disney star, and she has made the most of her climb to the up. Now, thanks to her performance in this film, she has a legitimate chance at reaching the pinnacle of any acting career by winning an Academy Award. Her performance is incredible throughout the film, but there is one scene in particular where she shows off her acting range in a jaw-dropping manner. I would be surprised if she doesn't get a nomination for all of the big award shows this year. ...
 
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The Little Things
What do you get when you put three Oscar-winning actors in the same film? A really good movie. Like the title says, it is the little things that make this movie stand out. You can see it in the way Rami Malek twitches his mouth to convey an entire range of emotions. You can hear it in the way Denzel Washington purposefully uses five words when three would make the point. And you can feel it when Jared Leto's physical presence makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. While I can't say...
 
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Finding 'Ohana
Raise your hand if you are a fan of The Goonies. If you are like me, you probably just put both hands in the air and shouted, "Goonies never say die!" It's okay to admit it. We are all Goonies here. Now, click on the link above and watch the trailer for this film. If you don't say, "Wow, this is just like The Goonies," at least three times, I will have to question your Goonieness. Yes, this movie looks and feels like it could be a remake of that amazing 80's...
 
3.7
 
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Our Friend
Humans can find hope and joy in the darkest of times and situations. This film does a beautiful job of using a very dark moment to show the light. It is strange because there is nothing happy about this story, yet it feels good to have gone through it. The trio of actors are all superb. Dakota Johnson gives one of her best performances of her career. Casey Affleck proves once again that he is the superior actor in his family. And Jason Segel shows that he can be so much more than just the funny,...
 
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The White Tiger
Everyone loves a good underdog story. At least that is what we've always heard. Well, if it is a true statement then you have no choice but to like this movie, because it is a good underdog story. Adarsh Gourav, who has starred in several Bollywood films, is great in the lead role. He goes from being a mousey pushover to a business mastermind, through a wild and eventful series of events. Without him this movie would be much less entertaining. This film is a lot more serious than I expected it...
 
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No Man's Land
When I saw the information for this film I was nervous that it might not be very good. It is written by one brother, who is also the star of the film, and directed by the other brother. Many times that means that it is a low-budget flick without professional cinematic value. Thankfully, this movie is about 95% of what you would expect a wide-release film to look and feel like. Yes, it has its moments of bad acting, non-dramatic chase scenes, and other amateur issues, but for the most part this is a pretty good...
 
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One Night In Miami
This film is a tale of two halves. The first 15 minutes are incredible. Especially the introduction of Jim Brown. It is one of the more powerful and poignant scenes you will see in a movie this year. Unfortunately, the rest of the first half is really quite boring. Nothing exciting happens, the four friends are hanging out with each other, which is neat to see and contemplate, but there is no conflict, there is no action, and it feels like the story stalls out. But then the second half of the film shows up to...
 
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The Marksman
I know the question you are all wanting answered. Does Liam Neeson have a certain set of skills in this movie? Of course he does! He's a one-man army versus the baddest of the bad in the Mexican Cartel. Now, if that is your only reason for wanting to see this movie, then go for it. Grab your popcorn, candy, and drink and enjoy. If you like that stuff, but you also want a smart film, well...this is not the movie you are looking for. While this flick is entertaining and somewhat suspenseful....
 
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MLK/FBI
This is a documentary that feels like it could have been something so much better than it is. It is slow, making it feel like it drags on. It is poorly edited, making it nearly impossible at times to understand the point trying to be made. It feels like they found a bunch of important statements and just put them all together whether they belonged together or not. The other odd thing about this film is the music. About every 10 minutes there is an annoyingly loud drum/bass thing going on that feels nothing like the...
 
2.8
 
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Pieces of a Woman
The reaction to this film has been very interesting. There are a lot of people that think this is a lock for a Best Picture nomination and a probable win for Vanessa Kirby in the Best Actress race Then there are a lot of people that think this is a pretty good film with an award-worthy performance from Vanessa Kirby. I fall into the latter category. One thing is for sure, Vanessa Kirby is outstanding in this film. Her performance is so emotional and raw that it almost feels like she is really going through these...
 
3.2
 
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Sound of Metal
What would you do if you spent your entire life pursing something and had it taken away from you in an instant? That is the struggle dealt with in this story. Riz Ahmed is a front runner for best actor thanks to his incredible performance. He spent months learning how to play drums and how to speak using sign language. That kind of commitment combined with his emotional portrayal will surely help him collect several trophies this year. Paul Raci has a good chance of winning more hardware for this film in...
 
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The Trial of the Chicago 7
Aaron Sorkin is a master story teller. He is one of the best ever at writing compelling and dynamic dialogue. In this film he takes that skill to a new level and delivers a powerful story that may be the best film of the year. Not only is the screenplay near perfection, but it is performed by an ensemble of actors that absolutely nail their roles. It would not surprise me at all to see multiple Best Supporting Actor nominations from this movie. If you are a fan of fast-moving, high-stakes drama...
 
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