Two Days, One Night: Magical Cotillard

Of the many movies mentioned at Sunday’s Academy Awards, Two Days, One Night could be easy to miss. Even with star Marion Cotillard’s lovely appearance on stage, the film was all but forgotten amidst the hoopla of the tight competition for the big awards. While there isn’t a flying camera or a ...

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2014 Oscar predictions: going with heart

Bradley Cooper for American Sniper is the Reel Dad's pick for Best Actor.

Because 2014 brought us so many strong films, predicting the Oscar winners is a challenge. Here’s how The Reel Dad views the major categories that will be announced next Sunday, Feb. 22. Best Picture: Boyhood This year’s tight race pits the technical brilliance of Birdman against the emotional ...

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Take time to find A Most Violent Year

Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac in A Most VIolent Year.

The realities of the movie business dictate that some films get a lot of attention while others are overlooked, some get nominated for awards while others are snubbed, and some play in many theaters while others fight for attention in DVD packages and on-demand schedules. J.C. Chandor’s A Most ...

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Still Alice explores the impact of Alzheimer’s disease

Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice.'

For any family touched by Alzheimer’s disease, the impact is severe, the outcome inevitable, and the loss profound. How tragic when the connection to memory severs; how devastating to watch a loved one slip away while wanting to help so much. Still Alice thoughtfully explores how this ...

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Behind the Screen: Super Bowl inspiration

The Super Bowl Proves That Truth Can Be As Exciting As Fiction Yesterday’s wild finish to the Super Bowl reminds us how movies about this sport may not always be as exciting as the real thing that happens before our eyes. So, if you can’t get enough of sports cliffhangers this day after the ...

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Theory of Everything reveals ‘reel’ bravery

Theory of Everything.

Bravery comes in many forms. While the traditional hero may conquer worlds that others may see, the unlikely hero can show us how to find the courage within to confront what seems insurmountable. In The Theory of Everything, Stephen Hawking acts like an unlikely hero when we first meet him as a ...

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American Sniper brings the realities of war home

Bradley Cooper in The American Sniper.

At age 84, Clint Eastwood reminds us that, no matter the war, too many soldiers face challenging battles when they come home. While his film American Sniper may advertise itself as the story of one military hero, the director focuses on how our nation fails to support all of our military ...

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