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DVD and Blu-ray Picks for March 18 - 24

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This week brings Frozen to Blu-ray and DVD, which is funny because the film is still playing in theaters, and is in the top ten, box office-wise. There’s also some Oscar also-rans hitting as well, and some great Criterion catalog stuff.

Oscar Scuttlebutt: '12 Years a Slave' and the Aftermath

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Last night ended the Oscar season in perhaps the best way possible. After months of hype, backlash, and then the modest waves of backlash to the backlash, the ceremonies concluded with mostly good choices, which is always (pleasantly) surprising.

The 2014 Academy Awards: And The Oscars Go To...

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It’s that time of year again: the Academy Awards are upon us.  It’s the 86th annual celebration of the best that cinema has to offer (or the best films that didn’t ruffle the feathers of Academy voters—seriously, people, no Before Midnight?  Come on!).

Oscar Scuttlebutt: The Room Temperature

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We're still a couple of weeks away from the Oscar ceremonies, we won't see the results until March 2, and not much is going to change between now and then as with twenty days left, voting is mostly done (though voters have until February 25 to submit). Whatever curve balls are to be left (like the Woody Allen situation) have to hit now.

The 86th Academy Awards Nominees Are...

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The day is finally here—early this morning, the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards were announced.  Unsurprisingly, American Hustle, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Nebraska were all well-recognized.  Surprisingly, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Butler, Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, and...

Oscar Scuttlebutt: Nominations are Over, Let's Get On With It

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Tomorrow will offer the announcements for the Oscars, which means that part of the journey is almost over. We're at the midway point of season, and we're about to see things get really interesting. Especially when you have incidents like David O. Russell comparing Jennifer Lawrence's Hunger Games contract to slavery.

Box Office Predictions: 'Hercules' Battles 'Lone Survivor'

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It's a relatively slow weekend at the box office, with one new release (The Legend of Hercules) and two pictures expanding (Her, Lone Survivor), which means that we're in the heart of award season movies, and January releases. Mostly adult fare, but then also, Frozen is turning into a phenomenon, so it could be an interesting race for the top slot.

Oscar Scuttlebutt: The DGA and the Tightening Race

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Though the box office hasn't been stellar, the late birth of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street may have given it more energy than some of the other limited release Oscar contenders. At least it seems that way going by the DGA announcements.

Alfonso Cuaron and Martin Scorsese Lead the 2013 DGA Nominations

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The DGA nominations (and usually the winners) are one of the clearest bellwethers for how the Oscars are going to go down. This year's five nominations helps set up a playing field, and it's one where David O. Russell and Martin Scorsese will compete for the same award.

Box Office Roundup: 'Frozen' Returns to the Top Spot

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Considering that much of America is suffering through a pretty nasty winter, it's surprising that audiences would turn out en masse for Frozen -- which could remind them of their current situation -- but the film has proved resilient, and has returned to the top spot after six weeks in release. It easily bested the only new picture out this weekend, Paranormal Activity: The Marked...

2014 Writers Guild Nominations: The Stars And Snubs

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The annual WGA Awards fills me with delight, only because it's giving much needed credit to a number of screenwriters who should be receiving more love for their work. While I don't agree with all the selections of the 2014 WGA nominations, there are still a few great ones that got the acknowledgement that they deserve.

ScreenCrave's Most Disappointing and Worst Films of 2013

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Like any year, 2013 had a number of big stinkers. Films that could have been contenders, but left us slightly wanting -- and sometimes offended that the film got made. It seems the biggest offenders are often the over-hyped summer movies (though sometimes it was would-be Oscar pictures as well) that promise so much and deliver so little. So here's our list of the worst and most disappointing...

Box Office Roundup: 'Frozen' and 'Catching Fire' Appeal to Families More...

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Movies tend to open and fade away. Such is the nature of modern box office. But Christmas is the one time of year where that's not always the case. Which is why -- kind of out of nowhere, but it makes perfect sense -- Frozen came close to being the number one film of the weekend, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire now seems like it could...

Box Office Predictions: 'The Wolf' Battles 'Smaug' for Top Slot

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It's the day after everything opened, that is to say it's the day after Christmas, which means that we already have a look at how this weekend could play out. And with Wednesday's numbers in, it's going to be a battle for the top slot, likely between Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of...

Oscar Scuttlebutt: As the Year Ends....

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2013 began with Texas Chainsaw 3D, and is closing with a smattering of films that could get some awards love, with The Wolf of Wall Street the strongest, and with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty a question mark. Have we learned anything? Probably not.