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  • 'Blackhat' proves disappointing thriller Jan 15, 2015 6:15 AM
    Visually muddied, dramatically torpid and confoundingly plotted, “Blackhat” represents a major disappointment from Michael Mann. This cyberattack thriller couldn't be better timed in light of Sony Pictures' hacking incident. Yet, “Blackhat” feels dated with its attackers taking cues from Alan Rickman in “Die Hard” by using a terrorist front to camouflage the old-fashioned motive of greed.

  • Oscar nominations announced for lead actress Jan 15, 2015 7:57 AM
    The 87th annual Academy Award nominations for lead actress in a motion picture have been announced in Beverly Hills, California, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

  • ‘Two Days’ looks at one life in a big world Jan 15, 2015 10:47 AM
    “Put yourself in my place.” It’s a line heard a number of times in “Two Days, One Night,” the exquisitely simple and moving new film from Belgium’s Dardenne brothers. about one woman's (Marion Cotillard) fight for her economic survival. Cotillard’s committed, selfless work as Sandra earned her a best actress Oscar nomination.

  • ‘Most Violent Year’ a most inspiring motion picture Jan 15, 2015 6:15 AM
    “A Most Violent Year” clocked in at No. 3 on Dann Gire’s best 2014 movies and ranks as one of the most harrowing and moral motion picture about capitalism. This is not a story that panders to our desires for easy answers and quick, cathartic solutions. J.C. Chandor’s drama inspires us to rise above those around us, to become the best versions of ourselves during the worst of circumstances.

  • Moore's raw performance elevates 'Still Alice' Jan 15, 2015 11:15 AM
    If you see “Still Alice” in the theater, be prepared to sit through the closing credits. You'll need that time to compose yourself. Julianne Moore's portrayal of a woman struggling with early-onset Alzheimer's garnered her an Oscar nomination Thursday. And she took home a Golden Globe on Sunday, too.

  • ‘Birdman,’ ‘Budapest’ top Oscar nominations with 9 nods each Jan 15, 2015 11:55 AM
    Two extravagant comedies, “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” dominated nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards with nine nods each, while “Boyhood” remained the widely acknowledged front-runner. The three films were nominated for best picture on Thursday along with “Whiplash,” “The Theory of Everything,” “The Imitation Game,” “American Sniper” and “Selma.”

  • ‘The Wedding Ringer’ is a disappointing bawdy farce Jan 15, 2015 5:26 PM
    The most disappointing thing in “The Wedding Ringer” isn’t the tasteless, unfunny gag involving a bachelor party, a dog, some dollops of peanut butter and ... It’s not the perpetuation of outdated gender stereotypes. What’s truly regrettable is that it almost succeeds as a heartfelt comedy about male friendship in which its two stars, Josh Gad and Kevin Hart, get to demonstrate that they can act.

  • Eastwood’s ambitious ‘Sniper’ misses the target by that much Jan 15, 2015 10:45 AM
    Clint Eastwood’s ambitious military bio-drama “American Sniper” hits with the canny craftsmanship we’ve come to expect from the veteran filmmaker, especially when dealing with action movies involving big guns. There’s a lot to admire in this Oscar-nominated drama based on the life of U.S. Navy SEAL and master sniper Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper, whose performance is a work of transitional magic.

  • ‘Paddington’ a kids’ movie you can’t bear to miss Jan 15, 2015 5:15 AM
    This is a sweet, magical and fantastical little comedy with lots of heart and silly sight gags. You might even call “Paddington” the “Anti-Ted.” More mature viewers will appreciate the polished visual imagination put into the Crayola colors, clever set designs and Erik Wilson’s constantly moving, superbly framed cinematography that lets us know we’re not watching some cheap TV production.

  • Oscar buzzed: Academy pulls ‘Lego,’ doesn’t support ‘Life’ Jan 15, 2015 6:34 PM
    "The Lego Movie” was snubbed for an Oscar nomination, along with David Oyelowo in “Selma” and its director Ava DuVernay. But Oscar’s unkindest cut of all was saved for “Life Itself,” Steve James’ personal and empathetic documentary on Chicago film critic Roger Ebert. For Academy voters to fail to at least acknowledge “Life Itself” with a nomination? As the late Vizzini would say, inconceivable!

  • Linklater, Anderson, Eastwood among Directors Guild nominees Jan 13, 2015 1:33 PM
    Golden Globe winner Richard Linklater is among the five Directors Guild Award nominees for his film “Boyhood.” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” director Wes Anderson and “Birdman” director Alejandro González Inarritu were also nominated for outstanding directorial achievement in feature film.

  • Woodstock man makes kids' film to honor son who died at 10 Jan 13, 2015 4:48 PM
    Mason Parrish had barely turned 10 when he asked his dad, “When I grow up, can we make movies together?” Chris Parrish, a Woodstock native and graduate of Woodstock Community High School, replied, “Of course.” Three years later, Dad made good on his promise. At Chicago Studio City in Cicero. Parrish directed a kids film titled “Thrill Ride,” based on an idea and characters created by Mason.

  • Movie locations a tourism draw for Georgia communities Jan 13, 2015 4:43 PM
    When Hollywood films a hit movie or TV show in Georgia, hardcore fans can bring in millions of tourism dollars when they come to get a firsthand look at the places they’ve seen on the screen. Lee Thomas, the deputy commissioner in charge of the film division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, said a boost in tourism is one of the greatest economic bonuses the state gets from providing scenery and backdrops to projects from “Deliverance” to “The Walking Dead.”

  • Liam Neeson's 'Taken 3' earns $39.2M at weekend box office Jan 12, 2015 5:05 PM
    Liam Neeson's 'Taken 3' tops weekend box office with $39.2M debut

  • ‘Man Seeking Woman’ in search of the right comedic tone Jan 12, 2015 5:30 AM
    The new FXX half-hour comedy “Man Seeking Woman,” premiering at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, has an impressive pedigree. So why isn't it funny?

  • Artistic license gets an audit in Hollywood’s awards season Jan 11, 2015 7:01 AM
    After Stephen Hawking privately screened “The Theory of Everything,” he judged the affectionate portrait of his life with a succinct verdict. “Broadly true,” Hawking said. Not everyone, though, is so polite about the limitations inherent in re-creating life and time in a neatly dramatic two hours.

  • 'Taken 3' topples 'Hobbit' reign at box office Jan 12, 2015 9:06 AM
    After three weeks atop the box office, "The Hobbit" has been taken down by Liam Neeson. "Taken 3" nabbed the top spot at the weekend box office in North America with $40.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The third installment of the 20th Century Fox thriller series stars Neeson as a vengeance-seeking retired CIA operative with "a very particular set of skills."

  • 'Boyhood' leads Golden Globes, 'Grand Budapest' upsets Jan 12, 2015 12:22 AM
    Kicking off the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wasted no time in skewering Hollywood's most tender subjects: the hacking of Sony Pictures over “The Interview,” the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby and television rise as a cultural rival to movies. In an opening blistering with zingers, the hosts welcomed Hollywood's “despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats” to the Globes to celebrate “all the movies that North Korea was OK with.”

  • Who will win (and who should win) at the Golden Globes Jan 11, 2015 10:15 AM
    One of Hollywood's favorite nights is Sunday, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association picks their best of the year — and more importantly, gives us our best early hint at how the Oscars might play out. The Globes encompass TV awards too, though, and on that side, “Fargo” leads the field with five nominations. Still, you can expect “True Detective” and its A-list cast to get most of the attention in the miniseries category with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. That is, unless the captivating HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” with noms for its stars Frances McDormand and Bill Murray, comes along to steal the thunder.

  • Stars weigh in on how they’d improve awards season Jan 10, 2015 7:15 AM
    Hollywood’s awards season kicks into high gear with the Golden Globes on Sunday, and it won’t stop until the Oscars are handed out on Feb. 22. Awards shows are usually long and sometimes predictable, but at least viewers at home can pause anytime to get a snack. Not so for the actors and filmmakers, who must win humbly and lose graciously again and again.

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