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03.05.2014 | 45 days ago | Posted at 03:54 PM

12 Years a Slave out on DVD

By David Luhrssen
  Fresh off the well-deserved Oscar win for Best Picture, as well as a Best Supporting Actress nod for Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave has been released on Blu-ray and DVD. 12 Years a Slave was directed by Britain’s Steve McQueen (Shame) from Solomon Northrup’s account of his enslavement, a book that ranked in 19th century anti-slavery literature with Harriet Beecher St...
02.24.2014 | 54 days ago | Posted at 06:20 PM

Reading the Signs for Hollywood’s Big Night

By David Luhrssen
  Reality will be inescapable at this year’s Academy Awards. Six of the nine Best Picture nominees are “based on a true story.” It’s a curious turn, given that so many top moneymakers are fantasies drawn from comic books or young adult fiction. Perhaps “reality based” pictures hold more gravitas for a Motion Picture Academy whose members have always wanted to be...
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013

Looking Back on the Great and the Good

 I don’t call my picks of the year the “best,” but I do play favorites. To any critic compiling a “best-of” list, I demand: define “best.” Most can’t define anything at all, including their criteria for choosing the year’s top movies. I don’t pretend to know what’s best but I can measure the ability of films

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