Predicting the 87th Academy Awards

FMR’s Jordan Baker throws out his predictions for Sunday’s big show/the end of awards season madness.  Well, it had to happen eventually: the Oscars are merely days away, and yet there’s an honest-to-god...

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Review: Blackhat

All the timeliness in the world can’t rescue Blackhat from a sluggish script full of wooden characters, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. Exceedingly timely but sloppily written, Michael Mann‘s Blackhat applies the director’s formidable style to...

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Capsule Reviews: Into the Woods, Unbroken, American Sniper, Ida, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

The following are short reviews for five 2014 releases that I’ve seen over the past few weeks but have never quite found the time to sit down and focus on. Below are condensed...

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<> on October 19, 2009 in Santa Clarita, California.

Best of 2014 Part 2: The Dream Ballot

FMR’s Jordan Baker does his part to feed into Hollywood’s awards-race machine and shares his fantasy Oscar ballot. Now that the Academy has unveiled its own nominees for 2014, I figured it’s the...

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2015 Golden Globe Predictions

FMR’s Jordan Baker gives his predictions for the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. Awards season has been in full swing for a while now, but it officially kicks into high gear tonight with the...

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Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings

Unforgivable editing, choppy narrative and unfortunate casting gives Exodus a cynical sheen writes FMR’s Cate Baum. Biblical films are always going to attract negative criticism because religion is like that.The problems are, however,...

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Best of 2014 – Part 1: The Top 25

FMR’s Jordan Baker gives his picks for the Top 25 (and Bottom 10) films of 2014. The Year that Was: 2014 2014 has come and gone, which means it’s arbitrary list-making time. Who...

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Review: The Interview

Yet again, Hollywood proves itself to be arrogantly racist and unaware of cultural differences in director Seth Rogen’s war “comedy” writes FMR’s Cate Baum. In a world where the USA (outside of the...

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Review: Winter Sleep

The 2014 Palme D’Or winner is a turgid, pseudo-intellectual slog of a movie, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker.  Of the two films released this month that channel Bergman (the other being Miss Julie), Nuri...

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Review: Selma

Ava DuVernay‘s Selma is a powerful, relevant story that humanizes Martin Luther King, and puts most historical dramas to shame, writes FMR’s Jordan Baker. It seems unthinkable that a figure like Martin Luther...

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