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Who Needs an Oscar Nomination? Sony's 'The Lunch Box' Is Best of the Limiteds

A grab bag of new specialized openings were led by "The Lunch Box" (Sony Pictures Classics), a low-budget Indian film from a first-time director that nabbed attention at Cannes last May and showed significant early life in its two-city opening.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 2, 2014 4:29 PM
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'Non-Stop' and 'Son of God' Continue 2014 Box Office Roll

Marking the 14th straight weekend of improved grosses over 2013, two less-heralded new releases scored strong Friday returns. Number one for the day is the French/US co-production "Non-Stop," starring Liam Neeson. Close behind at #2 is "Son of God," a theatrical version of the successful cable miniseries "The Bible" from last year.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • March 1, 2014 11:24 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Wind Rises' and 'Elaine Stritch' Pull Crowds, 'In Secret' Sags

The range of new art films this weeks shows the diversity of the specialized world, with an acclaimed animated feature, another show business documentary, two subtitled films and a higher-budget period drama all debuting to quite variable results. "The Wind Rises" and "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" are the standouts.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 23, 2014 4:08 PM
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Three Films to See in Theaters This Weekend (and Two to Skip)

This weekend's your chance to catch two Foreign Language Oscar hopefuls -- Palestine's "Omar" and erstwhile Romanian contender "Child's Pose." Also, head to the English-language revamp of Hayao Miyazaki's farewell feature film "The Wind Rises," with its star-studded voice cast, but heed critics' advice and skip vulgar auteur Paul WS Anderson's "Pompeii," and stuffy Emile Zola adaptation "In Secret."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 21, 2014 4:04 PM
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Miyazaki Talks Retirement, Oscars, True History in 'The Wind Rises'

Well, I hate to break it to you, but during my satellite interview at Team Disney last week on the Oscar-nominated "The Wind Rises," Hayao Miyazaki confirmed that he will not direct another movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 14, 2014 8:11 PM
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Is Hayao Miyazaki Really Retiring? 'Wind Rises' Director Thanks Academy for Oscar Nom

When Hayao Miyazaki officially announced his retirement back in September, it seemed like he wasn't going to back down. But since then, rumors have circulated that the 73-year-old Studio Ghibli director may not stick the landing. In other news, the director graciously thanked the Academy for nominating "The Wind Rises."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 16, 2014 3:09 PM
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English-Language Voice Cast for 'The Wind Rises' Includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Werner Herzog

A top drawer roster has been assembled for the English-language version of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki's latest film for Studio Ghibli, "The Wind Rises." Disney will open the dubbed version of this animated Oscar contender in select North American theaters on February 21, 2014 before expanding on February 28.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 17, 2013 7:39 PM
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New York Film Critics Circle 2013 Winners (UPDATE)

The New York Film Critics Circle winners can be hugely influential on other awards races, especially in a year with so many hopefuls. "American Hustle"took home three awards and Oscar frontrunner "12 Years a Slave" settled for best director. Frontrunners Cate Blanchett and Jared Leto took their respective categories. Anyone wondering if Jennifer Lawrence would wind up with a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination can be assured that she will. And Hollywood/Indiewood icon Robert Redford will also land an Oscar nomination for "All is Lost."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 3:11 PM
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Annie Awards Nominations Give Early Picture of Animated Oscar Race

Providing a quick advance of where the Animated Feature category of the Oscars is heading, Disney Animation's "Frozen” and Pixar's “Monsters University” led the feature film nominations for the 41st Annie Awards nominations with 10 each, while Universal/Illumination's “Despicable Me 2″ and DreamWorks Animation's “The Croods” followed with nine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2013 12:43 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises,' Final Film in a Soaring Career

A first official US trailer has arrived for Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises," which recently had its awards qualifying week-run in L.A. and New York, and has its theatrical release with a yet to be announced English-language voice cast February 21. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 18, 2013 3:07 PM
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