The Oscar Flicks Are Upon Us! Clooney! Leo! Marilyn! Schtupping!

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My incisive new column takes you through the wealth of quality entries invading the cineplex while aiming for the gold:

George Clooney playing the kind of imperfect-but-lovable character he specializes in, and doing it with his customary charm and subtlety.

People singing and dancing without sound.

An unhinged doctor using sex-change surgery as revenge.

A mishandled girl who joins a sex-and-violence cult.

A blond screen legend who looks better in a dress than that tortured FBI chief.

And a sad, hollow man who bangs himself into oblivion, but has the time of his life doing so.

All in 3-D!

Please buy the mug on the way out.



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Musto
Musto

OK, I just saw Hugo. Gorgeous art direction. It should win for that. Sadly, there were only 12 other people in the theater!

But along with War Horse and Tin Tin, this film is definitely part of a trend: A spunky yet somehow disconnected boy has something that others want. He ends up on a wild adventure that reunites him with the joy in life, partly thanks to some older man who becomes a surrogate father figure.

I love a good trend.

Spunkmeistrix
Spunkmeistrix

Hugo was unbearably fake and treacly. The 3D and art direction were great, but the film in general was unbearable, and not appropriate for children. Stop it, Hollywood, just stop it!

Musto
Musto

By the way, I'm getting bombarded with items and photos about Clooney's new girlfriend. it's Oscar season indeed.

JW
JW

You mean Clooney's beard?

Whiplash
Whiplash

The Artist just won NY Film Critics for Best Picture but it sounds like you think there are more deserving films.

Ick
Ick

Love your critiques on these films. You've made it all clear for me.

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