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  • Subtle shades of greatness frame cinematography nominations

    Subtle shades of greatness frame cinematography nominations
    Gray is the new black. Night, the new day. Rain, the new sun. Clouds gather, shadows linger. The Oscar-nominated cinematographers' images fill the screen with a beauty only possible in worlds gone monochromatic, turning the most elemental of color...
  • Oscars 2014: Nominations — and snubs — attest to the strong field

    Tom Hanks' starring role in "Captain Phillips" was one of his most acclaimed performances in a distinguished career. But the two-time Oscar winner, who is also a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, took nothing for granted —...
  • Oscar nominations 2014: Bale, DiCaprio, Dern for lead actor

    Oscar nominations 2014: Bale, DiCaprio, Dern for lead actor
    Representing one of the most heated Oscar races in years, the Academy Award lead actor nominees announced Thursday are Christian Bale for "American Hustle," Bruce Dern for "Nebraska," Leonardo DiCaprio for "The Wolf of Wall Street," Chiwetel Ejiofor for...
  • Does long Oscar race help films?

    Does long Oscar race help films?
    As long as this Chicago winter might feel, it's a mere blip compared with the ongoing movie awards season. The Movie City News website runs a column called "20 Weeks to Oscar," which translates to about 38 percent of the year — yet if you count...
  • After Oscar Nominations, There's No Clear Frontrunner

    Academy voters try to adhere to the organization's myriad rules during Oscar season -- except for the one barring them from talking about their vote. A convivial lot, Academy members (I've been one for 30 years) habitually chat about their likes and...
  • Today's film characters may be unlikable, but they're not unworthy

    These days, it seems as if the collective voice of moviegoers echoes the Taylor Swift lament "Why you gotta be so mean?" And for once they're not talking about me or my fellow critics. The discontent and, in some cases, the disdain is directed at some...
  • Truth as Strange as Fiction for Oscar's Documentary Nominees

    Looking at this year's quintet of nominees for documentary feature, it's not hard to see them falling into one of two camps: art or war. Both "20 Feet From Stardom" and "Cutie and the Boxer" are portraits of artists struggling for widespread recognition....
  • For ASC Contenders, Film Vs. Digital Debate is Reflected In Their Work

    Judging by the feature nominees for the ASC Awards, the film-vs.-digital debate that has roiled the cinematography world in recent years has been fought to a draw, at least for now. Digital capture has thoroughly penetrated the market, and standards in...
  • 'Catching Fire,' 'Frozen' to stay on top as 'Out of the Furnace' bows

    'Catching Fire,' 'Frozen' to stay on top as 'Out of the Furnace' bows
    After a gigantic Thanksgiving, the post-holiday box-office weekend will again belong to Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and Walt Disney Pictures' "Frozen." "Catching Fire," the post-apocalyptic sci-fi action movie starring Jennifer...
  • 'Inside Llewyn Davis': folk drama has critics singing its praises

    'Inside Llewyn Davis': folk drama has critics singing its praises
    Joel and Ethan Coen's new folk-music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis" has struck a chord with critics — make that a few chords, plus a couple of verses for good measure. The film, which stars Oscar Isaac as a struggling folk singer in 1960s New York,...
  • 'Lenny Cooke' documentary follows basketball hopeful's road to defeat

    As unlikely as it seems, failure and obscurity can have rewards of their own. The new documentary "Lenny Cooke" follows its titular subject on the road to defeat. Or rather, the film explores how defeat can nevertheless lead to a triumphant confirmation...