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Racial attitudes inspected in a tough documentary, in a bit of history and a biting satire
Also two animated Oscar contenders and a new slant from Britain on zombies
Feb 24th, 2017
The German hit Toni Erdmann, Gold, the Bre-X clone, and the animal rights target, A Dog’s Purpose
Also a celebration of an iconic Canadian artist, a gritty film from trailer park England and a couple of lurid ones from France
Jan 27th, 2017
New action with Tom Cruise, our Academy Awards hopeful and the return of a classic
And much more: two glimpses inside North Korea, a cool Canadian film, a cameraperson’s scrapbook and Ewan McGregor’s shaky debut as a director
Oct 20th, 2016
45 Years, a gem about seniors; big-sea action in The Finest Hours, and short Oscar hopefuls
Also Al Purdy, a Canadian poet you should know more about, and a young boy’s angst in The Demons
Jan 29th, 2016
A stunning Holocaust drama, young adults battling invaders and Robert De Niro in a stinker
Also Noam Chomsky on the seeds of inequality and Canada’s first 3-D movie rediscovered
Jan 21st, 2016
My Oscars picks: Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel, Still Alice and CitizenFour
Boyhood vs Birdman. It looks like a dead heat right now.
Feb 20th, 2015
Oscar noms surprises: where’s The Lego Movie and David Oyelowo?
Too little Lego and Selma but Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the Academy Award nominations
Jan 15th, 2015
Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and more films I expect will win at the Academy Awards
Chiwetel Ejifor, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender are all nominated for 12 Years a Slave but I think only the film will win.
Feb 26th, 2014
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of the 2013 Oscars
Seth MacFarlane was a superb host, but the overall ceremony was lacking.
Feb 25th, 2013
Argo vs. Lincoln, Wreck-It Ralph vs. Brave and Amour vs Rebelle: My Oscar guesses
Argo’s version of the Canadian caper has stepped up over Lincoln as the favorite for best picture, say most of the Oscar pundits
Feb 19th, 2013