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    Review: The Breadwinner

    This review originally appeared on Third Coast Review. Every year, after the Oscar nominations are announced, the dust settles and a few titles rise to the top as head-scratchers. How the heck did that get nominated for an Academy Award? There’s one such movie in this year’s Best Animated Feature category, although mercifully it is not The Breadwinner. (I’ll give you three guesses which it is…it starts with a B and ends in …oss Baby.) From the studio that created The Secret of the Kells and Song of the Sea, both masterpieces in their own right and both also nominated for Oscars, The Breadwinner is a universally stirring drama about a…

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    Coming Soon: November

    One month down, two to go. The end of year movie blitz is in full swing, and so far it’s going swimmingly. My best of the year list has at least a few contenders, and likely many more to come. So what’s on deck for November? Only a big-budget, sci-fi book adaptation, a biopic that hasn’t quite lived up to expectations, the next Love, Actually (potentially) and the next installment in the Jennifer-Lawrence-is-a-badass series, among others. Let’s take a look, shall we?