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    12 Films To See In December

    Christmas is coming, which means annoying family members giving you an excuse to hit the movie theater if only to escape from their incessant babbling. Or maybe that’s just how I settle things in my family? Regardless, in honor of the twelfth month, this month’s Must-See List is celebrating its own ...

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    Trailer of the Week: Bérénice Bejo Plays a Wife in Search of Closure in Asghar Farhadi's 'The Past'

    Sony Pictures Classics has released its first trailer for "The Past," the latest film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, of 2012 Oscar winner "A Separation."

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    Watch: U.S. Trailer For Asghar Farhadi's Powerful 'The Past' Starring Bérénice Bejo & Tahar Rahim

    Named this summer as one of our Best Films Of 2013...So Far, a Cannes winner for Best Actress (Berenice Bejo) along with an Ecumenical Jury prize for director Asghar Farhadi, it may have been a quiet for the past few months, but Sony Pictures Classics is finally starting to run with "The Past." And ...

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    OSCAR ODDS: The Great Beauty, Child’s Pose, The Past and Gloria

    Among all the national Oscar ® submissions for consideration, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will nominate 5 on January 16, 2014 to compete for Best Foreign Language Film. One of those five films will receive the Oscar ® for Best Non-English-feature at the Oscar ® Awards Mar...

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    OSCAR ODDS : The Great Beauty, Child’s Pose, The Past and Gloria

    Among all the national Oscar ® submissions for consideration, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will nominate 5 on January 16, 2014 to compete for Best Foreign Language Film. One of those five films will receive the Oscar ® for Best Non-English-feature at the Oscar ® Awards Mar...

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    For Your Consideration: 10 Underdog Actresses Who Deserve Oscar's Attention This Year

    Instead of dipping into the already repetitive waters of late October Oscar talk, this column will take the next two weeks as an opportunity to discuss a few names that aren't getting as much talk as they may deserve.

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    Mill Valley Film Fest: San Francisco Film Society Losses, Whoopi Goldberg's 'Moms Mabley,' 'Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,' and Foreign-Language Oscar Entries

    It now seems ironic that the first person I chatted with at the delightful opening night cocktail party of the Mill Valley Film Festival, just a week ago, was Ted Hope. The October 9 announcement that he was leaving his post as Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society, parent organizatio...

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    For Your Consideration: 10 Things You Should Know About the 2013 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders

    It's pretty much an assured equation: Oscars + Foreign Language Film Category = Outrage. Sometimes, the fault lies with Academy voters (as it did when "Departures" won the Oscar in 2008 over what most viewed as two greatly superior nominees - "Waltz With Bashir" and "The Class;" or when "4 Months, 3...

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    Ramping Up to the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival

    While perusing the program for the upcoming 36th Mill Valley Film Festival (October 3 through 13) I was pleased to see that I could indeed see a number of the titles that I'd missed in Toronto and Telluride, including "The Past" by Asghar Farhadi, Roger Michell's "Le Week-End," Stephen Frears' "Phil...

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    2013: The Best Films Of The Year...So Far

    Wow, wait, okay, what? It’s June? Right! So here we are again, rapidly approaching the midpoint of another year, and as is our custom, we’re taking a moment to pause and look back at 2013 so far, and to discuss, debate, and throw hissy fits over what we collectively consider the best films we’ve see...

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