In the Dark

The 88th Academy Awards have come and gone, so let’s recap.

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The only thing the Academy Awards could take a back seat to is a crazy election year. While politics dominate the news, the whole Oscar hype has been oddly off its game. And then there was the nominations scandal that left many actors of color out of the running, a disgraceful error that this institution must address in the future.

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‘Deadpool,’ starring: Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin; directed by Tim Miller; Rated R

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Something I’ll never understand. For instance, who wrote the rule about rewarding movies no one gets to see unless you live in a “major city”? By the time Oscar night arrives, the general public is lucky to have seen about half the nominees. Andsomewhere it must be written that only the crummy movies can be released in early winter or late summer.

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photo courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes

Outside of a small contingency of movie enthusiasts, not many have had the chance to see “Room.” It opened in major cities and then poof — it was gone from theaters in a matter of weeks. But that was just enough time garner its star, Brie Larson, a lot of awards buzz. In fact, right now she is the overwhelming odds-on favorite to win the Oscar for best actress.

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Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emery Cohen

Directed by: John Crowley

Rated: PG

 

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Freeheld

In a year when gay issues have been at the forefront, coincidentally there were at least four movies released in 2015 dealing with issues relating to gay rights. “Freeheld,” with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page playing a real life lesbian couple who fought for partner benefits, never achieved much buzz. “Stonewall,” the Roland Emmerich movie about the eponymous riot that sparked the gay rights movement, barely made it into theaters.

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It’s been an interesting year in movies, often wildly uneven with some huge hits, lots of misses, and some yet to be seen. Those stingy movie studios are just now delivering some of the most anticipated movies into theaters, a frustrating marketing maneuver that saves money and builds interest — supposedly.

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Chris Hemsworth

Little Opie has directed a whale of a tale in this new movie, but oddly it never gets its sea legs.

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Everyone has a favorite Christmas movie. For some, it’s an old black and white like “The Bishop’s Wife” (1948) with David Niven as a beleaguered minister and his wife played by the luminous Loretta Young who are visited by a handsome Cary Grant playing the angel that brings a Christmas miracle.

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