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In a year when movie attendance was at its lowest, so is my interest in Oscar, despite the good news that Billy Crystal will host the show. More than ever, this evening devoted to film excellence is becoming a popularity contest, and all attempts to correct the course are failing. The addition of five more films in the Best Picture category, a move designed to be more inclusive of popular films, only succeeds in omissions in that the Best Director category still limited to five nominees. Case in point: “The Help” received a nomination but director Tate Taylor didn’t.

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‘The Vow’

Starring: Channing Tatum,

Rachel McAdams

Director: Michael Sucsy

Rated: PG-13

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As much as I dislike horror movies, I can’t object to an old-fashioned fright, and there are plenty of seat-jumping moments in this throwback to the good old days of scary movies. There is nary a drop of blood spilled in this, not to mention the merciful overall lack of gore. This is one of those movies that plays with your mind instead of grossing you out. Every time a door creaks open or a candle blows out it telegraphs what is to follow, giving you just enough time to steel yourself before something jumps out — in good old 2-D.

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The inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen is one that should have been told long before now. The only major treatment it has received was an HBO movie in 1995 called “The Tuskegee Airmen,” that was until George Lucas, the creator of the “Star Wars” series, decided to take it up as a personal cause.

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‘The Iron Lady’

Starring: Meryl Streep,

Jim Broadbent

Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Rated: PG-13

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