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2013 Academy Awards predictions…

2013 Academy Awards predictions…

Posted on February 21st, 2013

The 85th Academy Awards (aka ‘The Oscars’) will air Sunday the 24th at 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific. Here are The Small Town Critic’s predictions for the winners of the major award categories…

Best Picture nominees: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty

Prediction: Argo. Spielberg’s “Lincoln” looked to be the favorite at first but the outrage of Ben Affleck’s omission from the “Best Directing” category has openly energized support for “Argo” and many predict it will run away with “Best Picture” simply for this reason. I’m partial to the highly original “Beasts of the Southern Wild” but it has no chance. Although I think it will lose the Oscar, I think “Django” is the most memorable movie of 2013 and will persist in history as a popular one…

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Top comedies of the 1970’s

Top comedies of the 1970’s

Posted on February 15th, 2013

With all of Hollywood focusing on the Oscars which is a week away, why not talk about something completely unrelated, like comedy classics from the 1970’s? Here are a few of the best and now is a perfect time to get acquainted (or re-acquainted) with them since there is absolutely nothing new in the theaters worth mentioning…

“Where’s Poppa?” aka “Going Ape” (1970) – George Segal plays a man desperate to have a life and find romance if it weren’t for his senile mother played by Ruth Gordon who blocks his chance for happiness at every turn. This edgy dark comedy shocked audiences back then but is now considered a cult classic. Funniest moment: Rob Leibman’s inability to take a shortcut through Central Park without getting his clothes stolen…

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THE MASTER review…

THE MASTER review…

Posted on February 8th, 2013

by Coop Cooper

One of my favorite films of 2011, “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” dealt with characters under the influence of cults and gave audiences a glimpse into the psychology of members who are under the control of an influential individual. It also offered clues to the techniques these individuals and groups use to exact control. Loosely based on the life of L. Ron Hubbard and the rise of his Scientology religion, “The Master” also explores these ideas of control, influence and self discovery in the package of an exceptional film…

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THE COLLECTION mini review

THE COLLECTION mini review

Posted on February 1st, 2013

“The Collection” – A sequel to the 2009 horror thriller “The Collector,” this film franchise was initially supposed to be a prequel to the successful “Saw” film series. Arkin (Josh Stewart) who survived the first film is inadvertently freed when the serial killer known as ‘The Collector’ pulls off a mass killing, the likes of which has never been seen in cinema. During his escape, he misses the opportunity to save Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick), the daughter of a powerful political figure (Christopher McDonald). Enforcers working for this figure force Arkin to help them locate locate and guide them into the Collector’s base of operations to save Elena, but inside the raiders find more danger than they bargained for…

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ROBOT & FRANK mini review

ROBOT & FRANK mini review

Posted on February 1st, 2013

“Robot & Frank” – Set in the near future where robot caretakers are commonplace, Frank (Frank Langella) is a retired cat-burglar in a small New York community whose Alzheimer’s symptoms are steadily increasing. His son (James Marsden) insists that Frank accept the latest model of robot caretaker (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard) much to the ire of Frank’s daughter (Liv Tyler) who thinks robot labor is ruining society. Frank hates the robot at first but as the automaton begins to improve his day-to-day life, he soon realizes the robot could help him revive his former career. In an attempt to keep his waning brain sharp, Frank begins to teach the helpful robot the art of picking locks and casing marks. However, Frank’s renewed hobby begins to strain his relationship with the kindly librarian (Susan Sarandon) he is courting…

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SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK mini review

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK mini review

Posted on February 1st, 2013

“Silver Linings Playbook” – Bradley Cooper plays Pat, a severely bipolar ex-teacher who has been released from a mental health facility which he was in for assaulting his wife’s lover. He goes home to live with his soft-hearted mother (Jacki Weaver) and his beleaguered bookie dad (Robert De Niro), and he immediately begins to make their lives miserable. Obsessed with reconnecting with his ex, he alienates everyone around him until he meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) who is just as damaged and overbearing as he is. The two form an unlikely friendship as Tiffany ropes him into a dance competition which becomes a form of therapy for them both…

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