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Bernard Ozarowski

My movie obsessed origin story begins with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I was 4 years old and can still remember so many details of the experience, as though I were seeing it for the first time yesterday. I’m also quite certain everyone else at the screening remembers my reaction when it appears Indy perishes as the tank goes over the cliff… I grew up watching all the major Oscar nominees with my mom each year. She also instilled in me a love for kaiju and creature features. Now I’m hoping to instill the same sort of passion for the pictures in my son. A lover of all film genres, I’m currently running a multiyear streak of seeing every single Oscar nominee before the ceremony airs.

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The Outpost: an Excellent War Film Elevated by Smart Direction (Review)

The Outpost is a superbly crafted war film that shrewdly balances themes of effective leadership with harrowing battle scenes.

Fatal Affair: Netflix’s Lifetime Movie is a Bumbling Mess of Bad Writing (Review)

Fatal Affair is chaste thriller that fails to deliver the sort of lurid, trashy, entertainment the genre can deliver.

Rebuilding Paradise: Ron Howard’s Crisp Next Step as a Documentarian (Review)

Rebuilding Paradise delivers a visceral cinema verité look at the wildfires that devastated a California town, and the town’s effort to rebuild.

2021 Oscars: Contenders at the Halfway Point (Oscar Preview Part II)

Who will be the Contenders at the 2021 Oscars? Let’s dive into the films that have been released in 2020’s first half to see what may be honored at the Oscars next year.

The Painted Bird: Torture Porn for Intellectuals (Review)

The Painted Bird is a reprehensible picture that fetishizes misery in the service of little more than emotional manipulation.

The Old Guard: Humanity Elevates Comic Book Action (Review)

The Old Guard is led by the ever excellent Charlize Theron and a strong supporting cast that showcases a smart take on IP action material.

Greyhound: Lean WWII Thriller Excites with a Detail Oriented Approach (Review)

Greyhound is an effective detail-obsessed war film carried by a strong central performance from Tom Hanks.

Oscars Preview Part I: The Academy’s New Landscape

Our first Oscars Preview looks at the Academy rule and makeup changes that have occurred since Parasite’s big night and how they might impact the 2020 nominees.

Hamilton: the Most Magical Thing on Disney+ (Review)

Hamilton is the greatest filmed stage show ever, and serves as a universal showcase for the musical’s brilliant wit and unforgettable music.

Desperados: Lazy Netflix Comedy Fails to Entertain (Review)

Desperados is more noteworthy for its behind-the-scenes drama than its storytelling, but leads Nasim Pedrad…