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Best Motion Picture – Drama“12 Years a Slave”“Captain Phillips”“Gravity”“Philomena”“Rush”Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical“American Hustle”“Her”“Inside Llewyn Davis”“Nebraska”“The Wolf of Wall Street”Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – DramaCate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine”Sandra Bullock – “Gravit…

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No one would claim that Spike Jonze’s “Her” is a perfect film. Nor is it completely original in theme. Far from it.But it’s so imaginative and so touching and so surprisingly and brilliantly realized in every seeming casual particular that it’s the film that rather perfectly completes the magnificent mosaic of films in 2013.A truly great movie year. Without quali…

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It’s “Clash of the Titans” without Titans, a “Gladiator” with nobody to root for and a “Samson” without a proper “Delilah.” At times, with its stiff, charisma-impaired cast, its digital sets and slo-mo slaughter, “The Legend of Hercules” has a whiff of the Augean Stables about it – if you catch my drift.The rest of the time, this star vehicle for …

Best Motion Picture – Drama“12 Years a Slave”“Captain Phillips”“Gravity”“Philomena”“Rush”Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical“American Hustle”“Her”“Inside Llewyn Davis”“Nebraska”“The Wolf of Wall Street”Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – DramaCate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine”Sandra Bullock – “Gravit…

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LOS ANGELES – How do you give a lifetime achievement award to a director still very much in motion, to an artist who refuses to settle down, to someone who actively does not want one?Woody Allen is in the midst of a run of box-office successes and critical acclaim. His current film, “Blue Jasmine,” has firmly implanted itself into this year’s awards-season conversa…

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – If Woody Allen attends the Golden Globe Awards, he’d rival Bill Clinton as its biggest surprise guest.Allen will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday’s ceremony. The writer-director famously avoids awards shows, though, and skipped those for his previous 12 Golden Globe nominations.“We’ve read that Woody&…

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LOS ANGELES – How do you give a lifetime achievement award to a director still very much in motion, to an artist who refuses to settle down, to someone who actively does not want one?Woody Allen is in the midst of a run of box-office successes and critical acclaim. His current film, “Blue Jasmine,” has firmly implanted itself into this year’s awards-season conversa…

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“My wife takes pills and I drink,” says Daddy to the new housekeeper. Which is one reason in “August: Osage County,” opening Friday, why he may not be around long.His family will be the focus of the whole film though, which is why we’re watching TV auteur John Wells’ (“ER”) shortened film version of Tracy Lett’s marathon Pulitzer Prize-winning play.Our wo…

“The life story that inspired the Coen Brothers movie ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’,” blares the corner of the newest edition of Dave Van Ronk’s memoir “The Mayor of McDougal Street” (Da Capo Press, 246 pages, $15.95).That’s only partially accurate. In the notes to the film’s soundtrack, John Jeremiah Sullivan identifies Van Ronk as “the merchant marine turned …

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The most moving chapter of director Peter Berg’s based-on-a-true-story Afghanistan war drama “Lone Survivor,” opening Friday, does not include stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch or Ben Foster.It is instead a five-minute-or-so collection of real video and images of Navy SEAL(s) in training that is kinetic, compelling and moving. We watch as they are plun…

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“My wife takes pills and I drink,” says Daddy to the new housekeeper. Which is one reason in “August: Osage County,” opening Friday, why he may not be around long.His family will be the focus of the whole film though, which is why we’re watching TV auteur John Wells’ (“ER”) shortened film version of Tracy Lett’s marathon Pulitzer Prize-winning play.Our wo…

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The most moving chapter of director Peter Berg’s based-on-a-true-story Afghanistan war drama “Lone Survivor,” opening Friday, does not include stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch or Ben Foster.It is instead a five-minute-or-so collection of real video and images of Navy SEAL(s) in training that is kinetic, compelling and moving. We watch as they are plun…

“The life story that inspired the Coen Brothers movie ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’,” blares the corner of the newest edition of Dave Van Ronk’s memoir “The Mayor of McDougal Street” (Da Capo Press, 246 pages, $15.95).That’s only partially accurate. In the notes to the film’s soundtrack, John Jeremiah Sullivan identifies Van Ronk as “the merchant marine turned …

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The key scene in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” – one of the best films, by far, released in 2013 – is ever-so-quiet and understated. It comes toward the end.It’s 1961. Struggling Greenwich Village folksinger Llewyn Davis has traveled to Chicago in the hope of landing a long-term booking in one of the country’s biggest and most influential folk club…

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The key scene in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” – one of the best films, by far, released in 2013 – is ever-so-quiet and understated. It comes toward the end.It’s 1961. Struggling Greenwich Village folksinger Llewyn Davis has traveled to Chicago in the hope of landing a long-term booking in one of the country’s biggest and most influential folk club…