Don’t Miss the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Tonight (Jan. 15)

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are broadcast live at 6 p.m. (PT) today (Jan. 15) on A&E. Be sure to tune in.

I am a long-time member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which presents the awards show, and it’s always fun. Also, winners of Critics’ Choice Awards often go on to win the Oscar.

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Nominees for the 87th Academy Awards

"Birdman" was nominated for nine Academy Awards.  Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

“Birdman” was nominated for nine Academy Awards.
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Following is a list of all nominees for the 87th Academy Awards. The show will be held Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

BEST PICTURE
“AMERICAN SNIPER”
“BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)”
“BOYHOOD”
“THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL”
“THE IMITATION GAME”
“SELMA”
“THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING”
“WHIPLASH”

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
STEVE CARELL, “Foxcatcher”
BRADLEY COOPER, “American Sniper”
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, “The Imitation Game”
MICHAEL KEATON, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
EDDIE REDMAYNE, “The Theory of Everything”

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
MARION COTILLARD, “Two Days, One Night”
FELICITY JONES, “The Theory of Everything”
JULIANNE MOORE, “Still Alice”
ROSAMUND PIKE, “Gone Girl”
REESE WITHERSPOON, “Wild”

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Video Verdict: Reviews of ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Love Is Strange’

Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) becomes the chief suspect when his wife goes missing in the David Fincher thriller “Gone Girl.”  Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) becomes the chief suspect when his wife goes missing in the David Fincher thriller “Gone Girl.”

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A pair of R-rated dramas anchor this week’s major home video releases.

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Top 10 Movies of 2014

From left to right, Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, Bradley Cooper plays Rocket, Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill, Vin Diesel plays Groot and Dave Bautista plays Drax in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”  Forrest ranks the film among the best of 2014. Photo courtesy of Disney

From left to right, Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, Bradley Cooper plays Rocket, Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill, Vin Diesel plays Groot and Dave Bautista plays Drax in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Forrest ranks the film among the best of 2014.

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As we march into the new year and prepare ourselves for upcoming awards shows, it’s appropriate to reflect on the best movies of 2014. As usual, the year produced sure bets from well-known auteurs and a strong crop of art-house darlings, but we also had terrific pictures emerge from the much-derided cinematic mainstream. In fact, a number of blockbusters cracked my top 10. Following is the cream of the 2014 movie crop, complete with notes on how you can see them.

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Video Verdict: Reviews of ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Get On Up’

Ellar Coltrane stars in the Richard Linklater film “Boyhood.”  Photo courtesy of Paramount

Ellar Coltrane stars in the Richard Linklater film “Boyhood.”

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This week’s home video releases are anchored by a much-hyped project from writer-director Richard Linklater.

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Video Verdict: Reviews of ‘The Equalizer’ and ‘Tusk’

From left, Justin Long and Michael Parks star in the Kevin Smith horror film “Tusk.” Photo courtesy of Lionsgate

From left, Justin Long and Michael Parks star in the Kevin Smith horror film “Tusk.”

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A new film from writer-director Kevin Smith and a revenge adventure starring Denzel Washington anchor this week’s home video releases.

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Video Verdict: Reviews of “Pride” and “The Good Lie”

Reese Witherspoon, left, and Ger Duany star in “The Good Lie,” a drama inspired by the real-life story of the Lost Boys of Sudan.  Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Reese Witherspoon, left, and Ger Duany star in “The Good Lie,” a drama inspired by the real-life story of the Lost Boys of Sudan.

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This year, Christmas week is slow in terms of home video. Still, two small titles are worthy of mention, and both were inspired by real-life events.

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