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12 Strong

“Understated” isn’t a word you’d ordinarily use to describe a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but that’s surprisingly what 12 Strong ends up being.

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The Final Year

A documentary about the final year of foreign policy during the Obama administration, and incidentally about the grim surprises that life sometimes has in store…

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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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Tonight (or Why I Don't Make Oscar Predictions)

Because I'm just really bad at it. I have no idea what these... people will do. I've never won an Oscar pool in my life. I try to enjoy the show, and I like analyzing the results, but I can't pretend to divine the Academy's will in advance. Who knows what they'll do? Well, maybe you do.

The TV broadcast starts in about two hours. So if you want to make your predictions — or share your thoughts on the show while it's in progress — please feel free to do so below. I'm going to be on deadline for the Chicago Sun-Times and RogerEbert.com, but I'll check in whenever I can, mostly during commercials, to update comments.

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