Awards

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Vera Drake

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In "Topsy-Turvy," Mike Leigh's last film to make a trip to the Oscars, William Gilbert observes, "There's something inherently disappointing about success." If so, then Leigh could be in for more…

Marketplace

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Safety in numbers

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Special effects studios like to continually raise the bar, and the work in 2004's tentpoles doesn't disappoint. Companies broke ground with advancements in digital water and other natural elements…

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Spanglish

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It would be unwise to count out three-time Academy Award winner James L. Brooks, whose work has mixed the wry insight of Wilder with the heart-tugging warmth of Spielberg.

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Finding Neverland

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True-life period pictures usually have a prestige advantage when it comes to Oscar nominations, but this moving yet unsentimental tale of author J.M. Barrie's creation of "Peter Pan" has the…

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Hotel Rwanda

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From best picture winners "Schindler's List" and "Braveheart," to Haing S. Ngor's supporting turn in "The Killing Fields," tragedy on a massive scale has left voters feeling that an Oscar, in some…

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Before Sunset

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Like a fresh breeze cutting through the stale commercial air, "Before Sunset" exemplifies what a genuinely independent American movie about engaging and complex adults can actually look, sound and…

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Introduction

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Our Contenders issue highlights those films that, at this early stage in the kudos race, look well placed to get Oscar heat come February. We've cited 25 films -- excluding animated pics -- that, in…

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