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

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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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The Persistence of Disney, Part 17: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 17: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

The only way that I can really deal with One Hundred and One Dalmatians in terms of watching the Disney animated features in succession is to put Lady and the Tramp completely out of my mind.  That lovely film extolled a kind of watercolor intimacy of a dog’s experience.  One Hundred and One Dalmatians isn’t […]

| February 19, 2017
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The Oscar Nominees: Rogue One (2016)

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The Oscar Nominees: Rogue One (2016)

From now until February 26th, I will be taking to be taking a brief look at the nominees for The 89th Annual Academy Awards, one film at a time in several categories. Nominated for: Best Visual Effects | Best Sound Mixing It is understandable to approach Rogue One – the Star Wars saga’s first stand-alone adventure […]

| February 15, 2017
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The Oscar Nominees: Deep Water Horizon (2016)

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The Oscar Nominees: Deep Water Horizon (2016)

From now until February 26th, I’m going to be taking a brief look at the nominees for this years Academy Awards, one film at a time. Nominated for: Best Sound Editing | Best Visual Effects The most unnerving thing about Peter Berg’s retelling of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy is that it in trying to recount […]

| February 13, 2017
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The Oscar Nominees: Captain Fantastic

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The Oscar Nominees: Captain Fantastic

From now until February 26th, I will be taking to be taking a brief look at the nominees for The 89th Annual Academy Awards, one film at a time in several categories. Nominated for: Best Actor – Viggo Mortensen _____________________________________________________ I have an affection for movies about particularly weird families.  I love the textures of […]

| February 12, 2017
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The Persistence of Disney, Part 16: Sleeping Beauty (1959)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 16: Sleeping Beauty (1959)

For a man known for reinventing the language of fairy tales, it’s odd to consider that Walt Disney only made three straight out fairy tales in his career.  Yet, it is important to note that those three films, Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are not only some of the most accomplished work he ever […]

| February 12, 2017
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