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Solo: A Star Wars Story

An engaging but unnecessary bit of backstory for one of blockbuster cinema's most beloved characters.

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Future World

Everything in “Future World” is skin-deep, shallow versions of deeper material from other films.

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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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"Life Itself" Makes the Oscar Shortlist

Steve James' "Life Itself" had made the Oscar shortlist, the list of 15 films that will now contend for five nominations for the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Chosen from 134 eligible submissions, the documentary branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences picked what they consider the 15 best films of the year. They will now choose five nominees from the list below:

“Art and Craft,” Purple Parrot Films
“The Case against 8,” Day in Court
“Citizen Koch,” Elsewhere Films
“CitizenFour,” Praxis Films
Finding Vivian Maier,” Ravine Pictures
“The Internet’s Own Boy,” Luminant Media
“Jodorowsky’s Dune,” City Film
Keep On Keepin’ On,” Absolute Clay Productions
The Kill Team,” f/8 filmworks
Last Days in Vietnam,” Moxie Firecracker Films
“Life Itself,” Kartemquin Films and Film Rites
The Overnighters,” Mile End Films West
“The Salt of the Earth,” Decia Films
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” Lafayette Film
“Virunga,” Grain Media

The nominations will be announced on January 15th, 2015, and the Oscars will be handed out on February 22, 2015.

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