Author Archive: Jerry Roberts

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

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My annual (and confidently accurate) Oscar predictions

My annual (and confidently accurate) Oscar predictions

My prediction accuracy remains about 90%, adding in for surprises.  This year, it’s best to best on Christopher Nolan and Oppenheimer. Best PictureThe Nominees:American Fiction | Anatomy of a Fall | Barbie | The Holdovers | Killers of the Flower Moon | Maestro | Oppenheimer | Past Lives | Poor Things | The Zone of […]

| March 9, 2024
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They Shot the Piano Player [Video Review]

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They Shot the Piano Player [Video Review]

| March 2, 2024
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They Shot the Piano Player (2024)

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They Shot the Piano Player (2024)

Spanish director Fernando Truaba is one of those filmmakers whose filmography would be the envy of any amount of unsuccessful but still aspiring young directors struggling to make a name for themselves.  His best-known work is 1992’s BELLE EPOQUE which brought him the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film.  I admire that film a great deal, […]

| March 1, 2024
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Madame Web (2024)

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Madame Web (2024)

Madame Web takes place in 2003, which is fitting because feels like it was MADE in 2003!  You know, before Disney really started to build the MCU and every superhero movie was trying and, in most cases, failing to be Tim Burton’s Batman? This movie feels like that on a junior league level.  The palette […]

| February 20, 2024
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God + Country (2024)

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God + Country (2024)

I have been very quick to knock any film for having a preaching-to-the-choir narrative, whether it is on the right or the left.  It’s hard to both-sides an issue anymore and keep the public’s attention.  Everyone, it seems, wants to hear what they want to hear. The struggle comes in making that narrative at least […]

| February 20, 2024
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Vishniac (video review)

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Vishniac (video review)

| February 2, 2024
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Vishniac (2024)

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Vishniac (2024)

It is a little hard to walk into a documentary about The Holocaust anymore and not wonder what the latest entry is bringing to the conversation.  Holocaust documentaries are a crowded field; essential but crowded.  For me, the most successful are those that don’t cover the same ground.  The focus on the individual is not […]

| January 31, 2024
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The Movies of 1970 (Part 1)

The Movies of 1970 (Part 1)

It was a year of contrasts and that was reflected on the silver screen. Join me as I take a cinematic head trip through the inaugural year of 1970 from the first week in January to the last week in April.

| December 2, 2023
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