Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a researcher of magical creatures, travels from Britain to New York in this Harry Potter expanded universe film. When one of his creatures escapes his person at a bank in a delightful opening set piece, Scamander gets apprehended by the equivalent of a magic police officer (Katherine Waterston) and a Nomag (aka a Muggle) gets away with Scamander’s briefcase full of creatures.
This all set in a 1920s period piece landscape including a dangerous wizard criminal, a conspiratorial anti-witch Muggle, and a looming dark presence.
David Yates returns to direct this Rowling-verse film (Yates directed the final four Potter films). Beasts has a similar feel to the Potter films in their warmer moments, although the film doesn’t Continue reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Movie Review
This is a good year for Best Actor nominees. All five actors gave strong performances in their respective films. But the field isn’t as even as it appears.
The questions remains the same as it was two years ago: Continue reading 2016 Academy Awards Predictions – Best Actor
The Danish Girl, from director Tom Hooper, revolves around painter Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) in 1920s Copenhagen. Einar undergoes a struggle with gender identity that threatens to compromise his career and his marriage with his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander).
Calculated shot choices and Desplat’s lightly vibrant score accompany a Continue reading The Danish Girl (2015) Movie Review
Note: I have covered the four acting categories in depth here.
- Steve Carrell — Foxcatcher
- Bradley Cooper — American Sniper
- Benedict Cumberbatch –The Imitation Game
- Michael Keaton — Birdman
- Eddie Redmayne — The Theory of Everything
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The Best Picture Nominees:
- American Sniper
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- The Imitation Game
- The Theory of Everything
I have watched all eight of the movies listed above. Now, I will attempt to go through them one-by-one and give a brief explanation of my personal opinion of each movie, as well as evaluate their chances of winning on the big night. Continue reading Breaking Down the 2015 Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
2014 was a great year for movies. There were plenty of notable performances across all of this year’s acting categories. I will try to break down who I think will win, who I think deserves to win, and what surprises may occur.
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