Author: Cameron Tipton

Oscar Predictions: August: Osage County

With even one look at the cast of August: Osage County, it is not hard to imagine Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts garnering nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Both women are immensely talented, but that does not make their categories any easier to win. August: Osage County is a film adaptation of a play by Tracy Letts. Streep plays Violet, the matriarch of the Weston family, and Roberts steps into the role of her daughter, Barbara. The story of a dysfunctional family, this movie is not short of any demons. Violet Weston assembles her family after her...

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Oscar Predictions: Captain Phillips

Back in October, I wrote a full review of Captain Phillips, which can be read here. Now that awards season is in full swing, Captain Phillips is up for two major Oscars: Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor (Barkhad Abdi). Tom Hanks was surprisingly not nominated for Best Actor. With consistent nominations but no wins at The Golden Globes or the SAG Awards, it’s hard to say if Captain Phillips’ chances are very good. Both categories are tough, with Abdi competing against Jared Leto, Jonah Hill, Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender. In the Best Picture category, eight other major films...

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The Mindy Project’s winter finale warms the heart

The winter finale of The Mindy Project opened with the titular character explaining that each great love story has a beginning and an ending. Having just been broken up with by seemingly perfect lawyer boyfriend Cliff, Mindy feels a surge of hope as she watches “Gone With the Wind.” Just as Scarlett proclaims she’ll find a way to win Rhett back, Mindy knows she has to try to get Cliff back. By the end of the episode, Mindy is indeed in someone’s arms. Major spoilers from here on out, Mindy Project fans! The Jim and Pams of the TV...

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Captain Phillips: What Desperation Does to Men

Paul Greengrass’s Captain Phillips is every bit the action thriller it promises to be. Captain Phillips is based on the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, a cargo ship.  Somali pirates attacked the ship in the Indian Ocean, struggled with the crew and eventually took real-life captain Richard Phillips hostage in a lifeboat. The movie tells the story of the hijacking and subsequent rescue of Phillips, played by Tom Hanks, who, as he so often does, captivates. When Tom Hanks wants you to feel an emotion, nine times out of 10, you’re going to feel that emotion. This is exactly the...

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