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Snapshot Review: ‘A Walk in the Woods’

A WALK IN THE WOODS

Robert Redford and Nick Nolte star in

Robert Redford and Nick Nolte star in “A Walk in the Woods.”

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Critical rating: 3 stars out of four

Directed by: Ken Kwapis (“Big Miracle,” “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants”)

Starring: Robert Redford and Nick Nolte

Rated: R for language and some sexual references

The story: Screen adaptation of writer Bill Bryson’s bestselling, 1998 memoir, “A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.” The film, like the book, focuses on Bryson’s attempt to walk the 2,200-mile trail with his friend Stephen Katz.

The scoop: A comedy for mature audiences that value strong acting and subtle humor over car crashes and a barrage of crass gags. “A Walk in the Woods” is consistently funny, but it’s also a reminder that older folks needn’t act as though their best days are behind them. The movie is a likable mix of comedy and drama made better by the wonderful performances of Nolte and Redford. Like a hiker on a long journey, director Ken Kwapis takes an easygoing pace, covering a lot of territory but taking time to breathe and enjoy the scenery.

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Winners of the 87th Academy Awards

The movie awards season has come to a close with the 87th Academy Awards ceremony. Following is a full list of winner.

Best Picture

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”

Best Actress

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”

Best Supporting Actor

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”

Best Foreign Language Film

“Ida”

Best Animated Movie

“Big Hero Six”

Best Documentary Feature

“CitizenFour”

Original Screenplay 

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Best Adapted Screenplay

Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Best Original Song

“Glory” by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn

Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Achievement in Cinematography

Emannuel Lubezki, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Achievement in Visual Effects

Ian Hunter, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley and Paul Franklin, “Interstellar”

Achievement in Costume Design

Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling 

Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Achievement in Production Design

Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Achievement in Sound Mixing

Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley, “Whiplash”

Achievement in Sound Editing

Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, “American Sniper”

Achievement in Film Editing

Tom Cross, “Whiplash”

Best Live Action Short Film

“The Phone Call”

Best Documentary Short Subject

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”

Best Animated Short

“Feast”

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RiffTrax names the worst movies of the 1990s

The funny folks at RiffTrax have announced results of their fan poll for the worst movies of the 1990s. Among the 20 films that made the cut are “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” “Spice World,” “Bio-Dome” and “Battlefield Earth.” Check out the FULL LIST.

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RiffTrax names worst films of 2014

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made RiffTrax's worst films of 2014 list."  Photo courtesy of Sony

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made RiffTrax’s worst films of 2014 list.”
Photo courtesy of Sony

The votes are in, and the good folks at RiffTrax have unveiled results for their worst films of 2014 poll.

I agree that most of these movies are lousy, although I did like two. That just shows that I’m an independent thinker, right?

Following is the RiffTrax List. You can visit their site for the full commentary. Also, be sure to vote in the current “Worst Movies of the ’90s” poll.

 

RIFFTRAX’S WORST MOVIES OF 2014

10) “300: Rise of an Empire”

9) “Noah”

8) “Sex Tape”

7) “Quija”

6) “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” 

5) “Left Behind”

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Forrest and Gary Freeman chat about ‘The Hobbit’ on KGAB 650-AM

Listen to Forrest and Gary Freeman dissect the weekend box office results for Dec. 22, 2014. Forrest also offers a full review of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” Be sure to click through!

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Nevada film critics name ‘Birdman’ best film

The Las Vegas Film Critics Society named "Birdman" best movie of 2014.  Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight

The Las Vegas Film Critics Society named “Birdman” best movie of 2014.

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For many years, I was a voting member of the Las Vegas Film Critics Society. Since I no longer contribute to any media outlets in Nevada, I have stopped voting with the group, but I still feel a kinship with the members, many of whom are personal friends. Because of that — and because the Las Vegas Critics always make interesting picks — I think its important for me to report on their 2014 Sierra Award winners.

This year, “Birdman” was the big movie, taking the group’s best picture award and ranking No. 1 on its annual top 10.

Following is the full list of winners.

LAS VEGAS FILM CRITICS SOCIETY 2014 SIERRA AWARDS

Best Picture
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Best Actor
Michael Keaton, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Best Actress
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”

Best Supporting Actress
Tilda Swinton, “Snowpiercer”

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominees announced

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" received 11 nominations for the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” received 11 nominations for the 20th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

As a longtime member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, I am pleased to announce the nominees for the organization’s 20th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. I cast my nomination ballot Friday, as did the other 300 or so members of the group, so the nominees represent something of a critical consensus of the best of 2014 cinema.

Now, we get to digest the nomination list for about a month before voting for the winners, which will be announced during a live TV broadcast Jan. 15 on A&E. The show will air at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET), and it’s always a lot of fun.

“Birdman” leads all contenders with 13 nominations, but “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Boyhood” aren’t far behind, with 11 and eight nods respectively.

Following is the complete nomination list …

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 20th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

BEST PICTURE

Birdman

Boyhood

Gone Girl

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

Nightcrawler

Selma

The Theory of Everything

Unbroken

Whiplash

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