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OSCARS DEATH RACE: IN DARKNESS

Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz) is a sewer inspector in Nazi-occupied Lvov; he's also a thief, robbing abandoned houses to provide for his family, and he and his partner Szczepek (Krzysztof Skonieczny) hide the spoils in the watery catacombs beneath the city. One day in 1942, the burglars run into another group in the sewers: Jewish families who have dug down through the floor of an apartment in the ghetto, knowing that going literally underground is their only chance to survive. Socha agrees to help them, but only a dozen of them, and only for $500 a week.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • February 23, 2012 7:46 AM
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OSCARS DEATH RACE: MONSIEUR LAZHAR

A teacher dies tragically, leaving her eleven- and twelve-year-old students variously bereft, disoriented, and determined not to react. Days later, Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) -- an émigré from Algeria with years of teaching experience who's trying to put a calamity of his own behind him -- presents himself as a replacement. His classroom style is different from what the kids have gotten used to; he prefers orderly rows of desks to the "team-building" semi-circle, and the school's administrator (Danielle Proulx) has to tell him that he can't just casually whap a misbehaving boy upside the head.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • February 22, 2012 7:46 PM
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OSCARS DEATH RACE: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2

I haven't had much to do with the "Harry Potter" series; maybe one of these days I'll get around to reading the books, but to date, I've seen the films nominated for Oscars during the Death Races, and that's about it. …Wait, I saw the first film on a plane and liked it fine.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • February 22, 2012 2:57 AM
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OSCARS DEATH RACE: TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

I had to watch the second "Transformers" for a previous Death Race iteration, so I thought I knew what to expect -- i.e., not much, but perhaps a faint hope that the formidable Julie White would return as Sam Witwicky's mom.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • February 21, 2012 7:41 AM
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OSCARS DEATH RACE: RANGO

The trailer for "Rango" made the movie look unappealing, and I didn't have high hopes when I threw it in the DVD player. Oops: it's awesome.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • February 21, 2012 6:22 AM
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OSCARS DEATH RACE: Surveying the race for Best Supporting Actor

Not much of a race here, I'd say; one guy's had it sewn up for months now. Doesn't mean we can't discuss it, though.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • February 20, 2012 7:21 AM
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OSCARS DEATH RACE: Surveying the Race for Best Actress

The BAFTAs complicated this assessment somewhat, but at least we can predict with a reasonable degree of confidence who isn't going to win. And now, the firm of Streep Davis & Others, LLC…
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • February 20, 2012 7:16 AM
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OSCARS DEATH RACE: CHICO AND RITA

I wish I had seen what other reviewers did in "Chico & Rita." The word "dazzling" keeps coming up, but I was not dazzled. …Well, not by the film, whose plot is the old "boy meets girl / girl gets in naked catfight with other girl / boy wins girl back / girl leaves for New York / boy gets deported" tale of star-crossed musicians in a bygone era.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • February 20, 2012 6:59 AM
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OSCARS DEATH RACE: W.E.

When a movie bombs, I like to go to Rotten Tomatoes, sort the reviews by "Rotten," and enjoy the show. Flops can bring out the best a critic (or her thesaurus) has to offer, the acidic synonyms and dismissive gut-punches she saves for when a movie is genuinely and thoroughly crap and not just misguided or inconsistent, and I like scorched-earth movie reviews for the wordsmithing -- but also because I know that glorious tingle, that "I'm-a stomp this flat and make the deadline with two hours to spare" feeling.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • February 19, 2012 8:57 AM
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OSCARS DEATH RACE: ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

Not to crap on two Steven Spielberg movies in a row here, because I do enjoy his work sometimes. Alas: enh. "The Adventures of Tintin"'s failure to land with me isn't entirely on the director; the source material seems like something I'd have loved as a child, but isn't something I knew before coming to the film, so I didn't get any reunion-y feelings, and motion capture may appeal to some, but is still creepy to me.
  • By Sarah D. Bunting
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  • February 18, 2012 9:53 AM
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