Diversity takes a back seat in Oscar nominations

By : Wire Report
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Diversity was not on the minds of the academy members when Oscar nominations were announced Jan. 13.

Todd Phillips’ R-rated comic book smash “Joker” topped all films with 11 nominations, while Martin Scorsese’s elegiac crime epic “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s Los Angeles fairy tale “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and Sam Mendes’ continuous World War I tale “1917” all trailed close behind with 10 nods apiece.

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Screened Out – The New Girlfriend

By : Stephen Miller
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Anais Demoustier, Romain Duris, Raphaël Personnaz

 

The New Girlfriend will be on DVD and for rent on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

This cross-dressing psychological flick is rather good, but it never quite hits the freaky sexual fission it shoots for – especially for a modern film.

French director/writer François Ozon (8 Women, Swimming Pool) usually peddles in a careful balance of understated wit and sexual tension. Girlfriend has bits and pieces of those. As enjoyable as this is, this film’s subjects just aren’t dangerous and titillating enough in 2016.

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Screened Out – Secret in Their Eyes

By : Stephen Miller
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Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman

Good psychological thrillers are extremely difficult and rare.

They need great acting, sure, and this one has that. They also have to exist in that thin area between thrilling and plausible, between surprising and unbelievable.

There are some illuminating moments in Secret in Their Eyes – most of them are provided by Roberts. Then there are many scenes that veer into drippy melodrama and even farfetched camp. The film ends up feeling like a Dennis Lehane novel (Gone, Baby, Gone and Mystic River) kidnapped by over-the-top director Pedro Almodóvar (The Skin I Live In and Bad Education). Your love of Secret will depend on how you feel about mashing these disparate styles together.

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