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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel comes back as soothing and cozy as its predecessor.

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There are some cool releases this week! I’ve done another divided list below. 21 and Over and Workaholics are first in each list.

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A retrospective analysis of 2012’s chick flicks and a few of my hopes and dreams for 2013’s.

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The Oscar Nominations were announced today by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone, and, well… I paid attention to the Oscars somewhat near the end of 2007 when the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men took the big wins, but my first full year of keeping tabs on Oscar was

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There is not much time left in the Oscar race. The most important awards announcement of the week came on Wednesday when the Producers Guild of America (PGA) revealed its nominees for the Daryl F. Zanuck Award for Producer of the Year in Theatrical Motion Pictures, which are: Argo, Beasts

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Here’s hoping everyone’s had a great holiday season! But for avid Oscar watchers, this time of the year brings more than gay happy meetings and silent nights; it also gives us one of our favorite things: the heart of the Oscar season.

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Each of the top eight races boasts a front-runner or two, but what about the other three or four nominees in each race? It’s both a frustrating change of pace and a welcome one. It makes predicting the Oscars more difficult, but it also makes pinpointing the season a bit more exciting, doesn’t it?

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The Screen Invasion Team watches a lot of television. (Something you may have guessed from the many, many recaps posted daily.) As we watched our Fall TV faves, we noticed a trend: namely, female characters who are kicking ass and taking names (literally, in some cases). Ladies so successfully dominating their respective TV-universes that nothing keeps them down for long. And we wanted to do a little something to show these kick-ass TV chicks the R-E-S-P-E-C-T that is so rightly theirs.

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I had the chance to see Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or-winning Amour (Love) over the weekend. It also played the AFI Fest – and we’ll be talking about that in a bit – but I saw it here on the East Coast. The French-language aspect might hinder its chances at Oscar

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I finally had the chance to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, after missing it in theaters. The buzz surrounding this film is spot on, making this one of the best ensemble films of the year. John Madden directed the fantastic cast of veteran thespians, which include Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Tom Wilkinson, Dev Patel, and Ronald Pickup.The film is based on Deborah Moggach’s 2004 novel, and is a nice mix of drama and comedy.

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It’s that time again! Time for a weekly Blu-Ray/DVD roundup. Here’s the roundup and my opinion on whether you should Buy It! Skip It! or Rent It! There’s an interesting assortment of genres to choose from this week for the Buy It’s! It really depends on what you’re in the

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An award-winning, all-star cast, led by Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith, lights up this “buoyant comedy laced with genuine emotion.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to “outsource” their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most

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The Venice Film Festival, which we discussed last week, might give way to some Oscar contenders, but the Toronto International Film Festival is where the awards season really begins. After all, the last five Picture winners played at the fest. If that trend continues, one hoping to find this year’s eventual

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The Primetime Emmys are supposed to represent the cream of the crop when it comes to honoring the year’s best television programs, and before I go any further, I’d like to say that for the most part, the academy did a good job with its nominations. Still, The Emmys tend to

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The first footage from Downton Abbey Series 3 aired during TV Land’s 40th AFI Life Achievement Award presentation, honoring Shirley MacLaine, this past Sunday. MacLaine plays Lady Cora Crawley’s (Elizabeth McGovern) mother, Martha Levinson…and apparently does it so well that McGovern would be overjoyed by a repeat performance. The video is unfortunately shaky, by my

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  We dished on Joss Whedon’s The Avengers last week, so let’s discuss the Oscar likelihood of two films with much smaller scales: John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. To date, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has grossed roughly $35.5 million in the States

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