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Certain movies and directors challenge viewers’ intellect, daring to take the path less traveled on the cinematic screen in order to make audiences actually have to think. Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” (2010) about hijacking dreams and 2012’s survival challenges in “The Hunger Games” are two thought-provoking success stories. We can now add “The Giver” to the list of films requiring moviegoers to think outside the box and ponder the role of individuals in society.
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This Sunday night’s 86th Academy Awards show on ABC should be one of the most exciting in recent years. Last year’s awkward host Seth MacFarlane has been replaced by daytime talker Ellen DeGeneres, making her second appearance. This year, we also have at least a handful of great films all competing for the 8.5- pound golden statuette.
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1. Woody Allen denies abusing Dylan Farrow
(CNN) -- The 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out at Los Angeles' Shrine Exposition Center on January 18.
A lifetime of bitterness poisons the spirit of an Oklahoma family’s matriarch and she in turn contaminates the lives of her children with vitriol and meanness. August: Osage County is a dark film about a seriously dysfunctional family, but it somehow still manages to be very funny as well.
The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards. The show airs Sunday, March 2 on ABC.
On Feb. 24, millions of television sets across the globe tuned in to one of the most celebrated and glamorous celebrity spectacles of the modern era: The Oscars. Yet, within the aftermath of this 85th Oscar ceremony, it is important to note that all too often viewers are somehow missing the bigger picture. Within the Oscar experience, there is a plethora of trivial and somewhat meaningless aspects of the evening that many people choose to highlight. What designer clothing is Meryl Streep going to wear as she struts down the carpet? Did Robert Downey Jr. have something done to his nose? Did you hear about Jennifer Lawrence’s wardrobe malfunction? It is a melancholy truth that these topics are brought to the forefront of discussion.
The latest of Meryl Streep’s career is now out on DVD. “The Iron Lady,” can be rented, but what may be lost on the movie that just received so-so reviews at the Box Office, is that it earned Streep her third Academy Award, and 17th nomination.
Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."
Full list of the 2012 Golden Globe winners:
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros., Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr., star as Watson and Holmes in Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes."
Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures, Meryl Streep as Julia Child.
Rated PG-13 for thematic material. 104 minutes. Two stars out of four.
It’s difficult to separate the movie from its mystique.