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

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The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: Minari

The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: Minari

I have a general hatred for family dramas.  They almost always feel phony.  The characters always feel like disassociated actors pushed into the same scene, forced through drama that is hoisted up to the 10th level at every turn.  The worst example was Ron Howard’s adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy, which gets everything wrong.  The lovely […]

| April 20, 2021
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The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: Mank

The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: Mank

At last!  After, arguably, the strangest year in movie history, The 93rd Academy Awards are almost here – just 9 days from now.  And to get ready, I’m taking a look at each of the eight films selected as Oscar’s best.  Are they?  Are they really? It is very touching that David Fincher would want […]

| April 19, 2021
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The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: Judas and the Black Messiah

The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: Judas and the Black Messiah

At last!  After, arguably, the strangest year in movie history, The 93rd Academy Awards are almost here – just 9 days from now.  And to get ready, I’m taking a look at each of the eight films selected as Oscar’s best.  Are they?  Are they really? In the wake of Black Lives Matter and the […]

| April 18, 2021
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The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: The Father

The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: The Father

At last!  After, arguably, the strangest year in movie history, The 93rd Academy Awards are almost here – just 9 days from now.  And to get ready, I’m taking a look at each of the eight films selected as Oscar’s best.  Are they?  Are they really? When it comes to Oscar nominees, Florian Zeller’s The […]

| April 17, 2021
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Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

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Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

I offer up a ringing endorsement of Godzilla vs. Kong based on a rating that some might accuse of being generous.  I don’t think so.  The movie is about as much fun as one could have at a movie featuring a towering battle between Godzilla and King Kong – you get what you pay for.  […]

| April 5, 2021
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Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

I feel it necessary to enter into a review of Zack Snyder’s Justice League by noting that I am not unsympathetic.  I’m not giving the film a favorable review but I completely understand why Snyder felt compelled to return to a project that he had to abandon four-years ago after the death of his daughter.  […]

| March 18, 2021
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The 93rd Oscar Nominations: Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

The 93rd Oscar Nominations: Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

After the most troubling year in the history of The Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally revealed its nominees for the 93rd Annual Academy Awards to be awards April 25th, and, it’s a challenge to those who demanded more diversity.  Herein lies a historic year in which the Best Director category, […]

| March 16, 2021
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Coming 2 America (2021)

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Coming 2 America (2021)

I had a knee-jerk reaction going into Coming 2 America and it’s not without prior experience.  Comedy sequels have a long-standing history of offering up less-than-nothing, from Ghostbusters II to Men in Black II to Revenge of the Nerds II to Home Alone 2 they’re almost always a hollow cash-grab, a cynical exercise in which […]

| March 9, 2021
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