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VIDEO ESSAY: Who Should Win the Oscar for Best Lead Actress

Some Best Actress contenders seem to be nominated for their roles more than for their performances, but the most deserving actress is a smart exception.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • January 31, 2013 7:13 PM
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Trailer Talk: In a World Where Characters Narrate Trailers, Who Needs Announcers Any More?

You may not know the name Don LaFontaine, but if you watched trailers anytime from the '80s to the aughts, you know The Voice ("In a world where...").
  • By Vadim Rizov
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  • January 31, 2013 12:04 AM
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  • 9 Comments

VIDEO ESSAY: Who Should Win the Oscar for Best Lead Actor

It’s Daniel Day Lewis’s contest to lose. His performance is pitch-perfect, but does that make it the best?
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • January 29, 2013 7:43 AM
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The Unknown Unknowns: Just How “Ambiguous” is David Fincher’s ZODIAC?

The following is a conversation about David Fincher's 2007 film "Zodiac." It was inspired by Twitter conversation about whether it is, in fact, an ambiguous movie, as many have claimed, or if it only seems that way; if it's open, closed, or somewhere in between.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting, Michael D'Angelo, and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • January 28, 2013 1:35 AM
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  • 17 Comments

VIDEO ESSAY SERIES: Who Really Should Win the Oscars

Press Play presents "Who Should Win," a series of videos that evaluates the nominees of each major Oscar category to decide who really deserves to win the Academy Awards.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • January 24, 2013 9:56 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Who Should Win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor

They’ve all won Oscars already. Who deserves to win another? Let the footage tell the tale.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • January 24, 2013 9:43 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Who Should Win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

This year’s Supporting Actress field features talented young sensations and accomplished veterans. Who deserves to come out on top?
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • January 24, 2013 9:32 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: LIFE OF PI and the CGI Animal Kingdom of Rhythm & Hues

Rhythm & Hues has made a fortune getting animals to realistically talk in the movies. With Life of Pi, it has now achieved not only an animal but an entire CGI world that could easily pass as the real thing, with every pixel manipulated in such a way as to stimulate specific responses in the audience.
  • By Kevin B. Lee
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  • January 22, 2013 12:22 PM
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GIRLS on Film: Secrets, Seduction and Reclaiming the Body on Camera

Hannah Horvath’s constant nudity in "Girls" has been a point of discussion since the start of the first season; one of the reasons Girls has been successful has to do with the way it tackles our own attitudes regarding female overexposure.
  • By Arielle Bernstein
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  • January 21, 2013 8:30 AM
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  • 6 Comments

The Grimm Possibilities of MAMA

Though "Mama" does not ultimately succeed as a film, it does offer a set of rich possibilities for the creation of a modern fairy tale, one that, like those told once upon a time, faces the horrors of everyday life head on, also recognizing the power of fantasy to make imaginative sense of those horrors.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • January 21, 2013 8:30 AM
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