6 items from 2017
This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.
01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.
worth paying multiplex prices for
La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)
A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)
The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)
Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)
A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)
Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)
London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)
The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/Tba/09.23)
I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)
Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)
A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)
Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)
- MaryAnn Johanson
Time for something a bit fun and potentially a little bit embarrassing for me. What could it be? Well, looking back on how the season has evolved by checking my initial Oscar predictions for this year, of course! In past years, this has been occasionally cringe inducing, while sometimes it’s actually been a point of pride. This year, spoiler alert, it’s somewhere in between, which is probably where it should be. That’s the nature of the beast though, as it’s impossible to know what will play during an upcoming precursor season. You basically just either back an obvious prestige picture or try and pick out one of the promising things at the Sundance Film Festival. I mixed and matched this past time, to mostly solid effect. Below you will see my first set of Academy Award predictions, which you can compare to my most recent ones. »
- Joey Magidson
Alicia Vikander is a natural. In E! News' exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures' The Light Between Oceans, Vikander's vulnerability produces one of the most sweeping cinematic moments of 2016. According to director Derek Cianfrance, she wasn't initially allowed on set, as he wanted to capture her raw emotion after arriving on Janus Rock. While her co-star Michael Fassbender was familiarizing himself with the set, painting the house and surveying the lush landscape, Vikander "was in a hotel room somewhere for the first week, just wondering what we had been doing," Cianfrance says in a featurette. "We brought her to set one morning in the dark, »
The sweeping romantic film, Disney/Dreamworks Pictures’ The Light Between Oceans, arrives on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on Jan. 24th. This beautiful romance stars two-time Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (Best Actor, Steve Jobs), Oscar® winner Alicia Vikander (Best Supporting Actress, The Danish Girl), and Oscar and Golden Globe® winner Rachel Weisz (Best Supporting Actress, The Constant Gardener).
The timeless tale of love, relationships, and impossible choices is a must for any of lush, beautiful romantic movies. This release includes never-before-seen bonus features, including a documentary which reveals director Derek Cianfrance’s unique approach that allowed the all-star cast to embody their characters and examine the power of love; a historical look at New Zealand’s Cape Campbell Lighthouse that serves as Janus Rock, a key element in Stedman’s novel; and insightful and in-depth audio commentary led by Cianfrance.
DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Light Between Oceans,” a lush, »
- Tom Stockman
The deal will cover Participant films in all territories outside of North America. Lionsgate will initially introduce two Participant films to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month: Jose Padilha’s “Entebbe” and Rupert Wyatt’s sci-fi thriller “Captive State.”
‘Logan,’ ‘T2 Trainspotting’ Among Films to Premiere at Berlinale
Participant said it plans to provide Lionsgate with up to five narrative films annually, along with several documentary features. The companies are already partnered on the upcoming drama “Wonder,” starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay.
“We’re delighted »
- Dave McNary
A total of 145 scores were recently announced as being eligible for this year’s Academy Award, with everything from perceived frontrunner “La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz) and “Jackie” (Mica Levi) to outliers like “Sausage Party” and “Elle.” The final five will be nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring selections from 110 of the eligible scores — as well as the full list of every eligible score.
The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer
“Armenia, My Love, »
- Michael Nordine
6 items from 2017
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