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DVD/Stream of the Week: Shotgun Stories

I am celebrating Mud this week by recommending writer-director Jeff Nichols’ Shotgun Stories.  Nichols followed Shotgun Stories with Take Shelter and now Mud, which together constitute his “Arkansas Trilogy”.  Shotgun Stories was also the breakout film for Nichols’ favorite leading … Continue reading

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Movies to See This Week

Yes, it’s Despair Week at the Movie Gourmet, where you can experience the hopeless human experience with my three top picks.  First, the gripping drama Detachment features a top-rate performance by Adrien Brody as a teacher in a hellish school … Continue reading

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DVD of the Week: Take Shelter

My DVD pick is Take Shelter, #2 on my list of  Best Movies of 2011 and probably the single most overlooked film of last year. Michael Shannon (Shotgun Stories, Agent Van Alden in Boardwalk Empire) is perhaps our best creep … Continue reading

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Few big surprises in the Oscar nods

The Oscar nominations are out, and there are few of the head scratching inclusions and omissions that we frequently see.  Of the Best Picture nominations, The Artist, The Descendants, Hugo and Midnight in Paris all made my Best Movies of … Continue reading

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2011 in the Movies: most overlooked

What are 2011’s most overlooked films? The Guard and Take Shelter are on some Top Ten lists, including mine, but they still haven’t gotten the buzz that they deserve.  These are two of the very best films of the year … Continue reading

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2011 in Movies: the year’s best movies

Here’s my list of the best films of 2011: 1)  Incendies, 2) Take Shelter, 3) The Artist, 4) The Descendants, 5) Poetry, 6) Midnight in Paris, 7) Beginners, 8) Source Code, 9) Young Adult, and 10) (tie) The Girl with the … Continue reading

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Movie to See Right Now

There are some good choices on the long holiday weekend.    Like Crazy is a romance, pure and not so simple. J. Edgar, Clint Eastwood’s interesting take on J. Edgar Hoover’s twisted psyche has some fine performances, but draaaaags. In contrast, … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

As we go deeper into autumn, we’re getting quite the menu of movie choices.  Like Crazy is a romance, pure and not so simple. PBS is featuring the top rate British spy drama Page Eight on this week’s Masterpiece Contemporary. … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

50/50 is an engaging cancer comedy with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen. Margin Call is a taut financial meltdown drama with superb performances by Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany and Stanley Tucci. Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In is a … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

  If you can still find it, don’t miss Take Shelter, Jeff Nichols’ brilliant tale of a psychotic breakdown with Oscar-worthy performances by Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. One of the Best Movies of 2011 – So Far. 50/50 is … Continue reading

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