‘The Favourite’ leads LGBT-inclusive Oscar noms

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 91st Academy Awards announced the nominees for its class of 2019 with “The Favourite” and “Roma” tying for the most recognition with 10 nominations each.

“The Favourite” earned nominations for its three lead actresses with Olivia Colman scoring a Best Actress nomination for portraying Queen Anne and Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz receiving Best Supporting Actress nominations.

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‘Disobedience’ trailer puts Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz in forbidden love affair

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The first official trailer for “Disobedience” showcases a passionate but forbidden love affair between two women.

The film follows Orthodox Jewish woman, Ronit (Rachel Weisz) as she returns home to her deeply religious community after her father’s death. Upon her return she finds herself attracted to her cousin’s wife Esti (Rachel McAdams). Ronit and Esti begin a secret affair while Esti’s husband Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) becomes suspicious of Ronit’s intentions.

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Screened Out – The Light Between Oceans

By : Stephen Miller
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Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz

Ah, romance! What we want from these hanky-twisters is a tidal wave of emotions that drown us in complexity. The Light Between Oceans doesn’t do quite that, but it’s at least an invigorating swim.

Give all credit to the actors. All of it! Vikander is creepy as a disconsolate mother brought back from the edge of eternal darkness. Fassbender is her stoic husband, who must choose between his deep love for his wife and his rocklike ethics.

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Screened Out – The Lobster

By : Stephen Miller
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Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly

NOTE: The Lobster was supposed to open Memorial Day weekend in Orlando; it has been postponed. It will open in Tampa.

This water is so tepid in this inscrutable art flick that The Lobster never boils.

This high-concept existential piece about coupling and romance has won a lot of awards, including top prizes at the Cannes Film Fest. Though the extraordinarily weird world is intriguing, I sincerely felt the film was missing wit and speed. Instead, The Lobster is extremely ponderous and unfunny, and everyone talks and acts as if they’re in junior high and hooked on barbiturates.

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