Not-Oscars 2017

Welcome to another Not-Oscars, where I call out the year’s best craft and performances, including plenty of good work that was not nominated by the Academy. In many years, this list feels pressing to correct some of the Academy’s egregious blunders. This year, I’m pretty happy with the crop of nominees in every category.

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Tesla Of Justice: ‘The Square’

A man with Tourette’s syndrome. An ill-fated orphan gone viral. An ape — and, unrelated, a man whose behavior is indistinguishable from that of an ape. (Seriously.) These are side characters who provide absurdist comedic moments in a scene or two of The Square, the occasionally dark, occasionally surreal new comedy from Ruben Östlund. The […]

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Black & Blue: Justice Takes A Holiday In Bigelow’s Brutal ‘Detroit’

Fifty years is a long time. Unfortunately, it has not been long enough to distance America from the depicted in Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit. There’s Motown music in the background and the cars look old, but otherwise, you’d be hard-pressed to find a single moment of the movie that doesn’t crackle with contemporary relevance. Bigelow’s direction […]

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