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Jerry Roberts is a film critic and operator of two websites, Armchair Cinema and Armchair Oscars.

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Hokey Religions, Ancient Weapons: Star Wars turns 40

Hokey Religions, Ancient Weapons: Star Wars turns 40

If my passion for movies were a galaxy then Star Wars would most certainly be its brightest star.  George Lucas’ seminal masterwork landed on America forty years ago today and its impact has never left us.  It has certainly never left the panoply of my life.  It’s still there in much the same way that […]

| May 25, 2017
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Let’s talk about Baby Groot.  He’s precious.  You could watch his antics all day.  He’s like a cute puppy, he could be the star of a series of YouTube videos where you watch him do anything.  Clearly the people behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 know what they have in Baby Groot.  They understood it the […]

| May 5, 2017
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Arrival (2016)

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Arrival (2016)

We have probably all thought about it at one time or another.   What would it be like if (or should I invoke the glass half-full and say when) we are finally visited by an intelligent species from another world?  What would be gained once we stopped rattling the sabers and let the brain trust have […]

| April 24, 2017
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Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Any remake of Beauty and the Beast is going to be a tough sell for someone like me.  That 1991 classic so touch my heart and so shook my notions of what an animated feature could accomplish that any attempts to recapture its magic could only come off as an imitation.  That, in essence, is […]

| April 6, 2017
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Cave of Wonders Podcast, Episode 6: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Cave of Wonders Podcast, Episode 6: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Episode Six of our Disney podcast is our first “cheat episode.”  We’re looking into Steven Spielberg’s classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” (Jerry was so excited that he dressed up for this one!) Doug: Website: http://talkmovietome.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/basementnoise Jerry: Website: www.armchaircinema.com Oscar Site: www.armchairoscars.com Blog: www.armchaircinema/wordpress/com Twitter: https://twitter.com/armchaircma

| April 5, 2017
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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

I’m sorry, but if you don’t think that King Kong fighting a giant octopus is exciting, then you don’t have a pulse. Kong: Skull Island is the best time I’ve had at an action movie in quite a long time.  Here is a movie that I didn’t approach with a lot of anticipation — monster […]

| March 11, 2017
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The Winner is ‘La La Land’ . . . oh wait!

The Winner is ‘La La Land’ . . . oh wait!

La La Land, Damien Chezelle’s sweet romantic confectionary musical about struggling artists set amid the ocean side glow of The City of Angels won the top award of the evening Sunday night taking home only half of its fourteen nominations.  The top prizes included Best Picture, Best Director for Damien Chazelle and Best Actress for […]

| February 27, 2017
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My annual (and reasonably accurate) Oscar predictions

My annual (and reasonably accurate) Oscar predictions

If you aren’t in love with La La Land, the awards probably aren’t going to be much fun this year.  Yet, due to the Academy’s valiant attempt to make up for last year’s #oscarsowhite scandal, some well-deserving nominees will finally have their day.  Here now are my annual (and I think accurate) Oscar predictions in […]

| February 25, 2017
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