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If we are to believe history, the majority of this year’s Best Picture Nominees will come from among this eclectic list, featuring two films from the great Steven Spielberg.
 

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Coriolanus

Director: Ralph Fiennes
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain, Paul Jesson
2 December
Coriolanus


Hurrah! Someone has finally decided to plunge beyond the basic Shakespeare tragedies to take on something few outside of college have ever considered. Based on the life of Roman leader Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, it marks the directorial debut of famed British actor Ralph Fiennes. Making the wise decision to update the war torn tale to our modern battlefields, we get the typical tale of resolve and revenge as filtered through our tech savvy times. While the baroque language remains the same, Fiennes has found new artistic life in what many might see as a forgotten bit of the Bard.


 

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We Need to Talk About Kevin

Director: Lynne Ramsay
Cast: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Ashley Gerasimovich
2 December
We Need to Talk About Kevin


With the amazing Ratcatcher, director Lynne Ramsay became a filmmaking force to be reckoned with. Many still can’t forgive her decision to leave the adaptation of The Lovely Bones. Now, she returns with a ripped from the headlines family horror story based on the novel by Lionel Shriver. Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly are parents of the title teen, a troubled youth who goes on a school wide killing spree. The movie deals with the consequences after and the excuses/insights before. With Ramsay behind the lens and these two remarkable actors in front, the result should be some significant end of the year fireworks.


 

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The Sitter

Director: David Gordon Green
Cast: Jonah Hill, Sam Rockwell, Ari Graynor, Method Man, Max Records, Chris Collins
9 December
The Sitter


Jonah Hill used to be fat. Used to be. Check out a Google search of him now and you’ll see a slimmer, svelte, shadow of his former funnyman self—which begs the question: can a comedian who used to trade on his size and shape remain viable at only half the heft? It remains to be seen, since this scatological slamdunk was made while Hill was still tipping (and testing) the scales. They don’t call it a belly laugh for nothing. The trailer is indeed hilarious (little kids swearing—works every time) and all references to Adventures in Babysitting need to stay in the ‘80s where they belong.


Since deciding to employ his underdeveloped muse muscles over five years ago, Bill has been a significant staff member and writer for three of the Web's most influential websites: DVD Talk, DVD Verdict and, of course, PopMatters. He also has expanded his own web presence with Bill Gibron.com a place where he further explores creative options. It is here where you can learn of his love of Swindon's own XTC, skim a few chapters of his terrifying tome in the making, The Big Book of Evil, and hear samples from the cassette albums he created in his college music studio, The Scream Room.


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