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Focus

Like Ficarra and Requa’s 2011 comedy Crazy Stupid Love, Focus begins promisingly and bops along enjoyably for a while, only to run out of steam…

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Maps to the Stars

David Cronenberg's film of Bruce Wagner's Hollywood satire-nightmare turns ludicrous situations into operatic tragedy.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Monsieur Hire

Patrice Leconte's "Monsieur Hire" is a tragedy about loneliness and erotomania, told about two solitary people who have nothing else in common. It involves a…

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If We Picked the Winners: Table of Contents

In anticipation of the Academy Awards, we polled our contributors to see who they thought should win the Oscar. Once we had our winners, we asked various writers to make the case for our selection in each category. We're posting those essays this week, two a day, leading up to the big reveal of our pick for our best picture on Friday. Here you'll find links to all our picks.

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"Essay by Glenn Kenny

Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"Essay by Omer M. Mozaffar

Best Original Screenplay: "Her" written by Spike JonzeEssay by Nell Minow

Best Adapted Screenplay: "Before Midnight" written by Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard LinklaterEssay by Brian Tallerico

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity"Essay by Peter Sobczynski

Best Documentary: "The Act of Killing"Essay by Olivia Collette

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"Essay by Susan Wloszczyna

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"Essay by Odie Henderson

Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave"Essay by Matt Zoller Seitz

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