Telluride Film Festival

Venice Film Festival

We learned a lot more about possible Oscar contenders last week during 2 big film festivals.  Here are some of the big movies and how they were reviewed:

THE IDES OF MARCH-Premiered in Venice last week with great reviews. The story revolves around a fictional candidate running for President. George Clooney directs and stars in the movie. There are plenty of great reviews to go around in the acting department. Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood and Philip Seymour Hoffman are well on their way to getting nominations. IDES OF MARCH will get a Best Picture nomination.

THE DESCENDANTS- More George Clooney as a guy trying to reconnect with his daughters after they lose their mother in a boating accident. Reviews have been mostly positive and a good bet that Clooney will get a Best Actor nomination. Can he get Best Director for IDES OF MARCH and Best Actor for THE DESCENDANTS?

SHAME-Michael Fassbender play a sex addict who has to come to terms with his addiction. Directed by Steve MCQueen the movie itself had mixed reviews, but everyone loved Fassbenders performance.

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY-Stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy. Based on a book by the same name. The story surrounds espionage during the Cold War. Oldman appears to be the big takeaway and have the best chances at a nomination.

A DANGEROUS METHOD-Another movie with Michael Fassbender. Also stars Keira Knightley and takes place when psychoanalysis first came to the forefront. Has had mostly good reviews, but may not be able to maintain an Oscar run.

ALBERT NOBBS-Glenn Close plays a woman in 19th century Ireland where women were not encouraged to be independent. Close dresses as man so she can work as a butler in a fancy hotel. The reviews for the movie itself were not great, but Close is pretty much a sure bet for a Best Actress nomination.

What movie are you most looking forward to seeing this Fall?


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