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The winner in the Oscar nominations race Tuesday after a bruising year for the film industry was Oppenheimer with 13 nods, followed by the otherworldly Poor Things with 11 and the period epic Killers of the Flower Moon with 10.

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Christopher Nolan’s atomic opus Oppenheimer received widespread critical acclaim and broke box office records. It’s half the Barbenheimer phenom with Barbie from last July. The three-hour film, which is semi-trippy and flashback heavy, chronicles the trials and tribulations of the secret Manhattan Project’s J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy).

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Poor Things

Think Frankenstein story, and his bride. Director Yorgos Lanthimos owes a debt to Emma Stone, his childlike and highly randy Bella, in Poor Things. The comedy is dark and the vibe Victorian fantasy. And did we mention the sex? How Bella handles that activity has been the talk of film circles. No spoilers here but rest assured her consciousness is raised. Also stars Willem Dafoe and Mark Ruffalo.

Available to watch in theatres.

Killers of the Flower Moon

Martin Scorsese delves into the systematic killing of Osage Nation members for their oil-rich land in the 1920s in his drama Killers of the Flower Moon. With a star-bright cast, including Lily Gladstone, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Warning: its running time is 3 hours and 26 minutes. There’s craft in every shot.

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Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, in the billion-dollar club at the box office, is a live-action musical comedy focused on the 64-year-old plastic doll in a range of iterations. It also took the globe by storm, culturally speaking. The film stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling (as Just Ken). Robbie plays Stereotypical Barbie, who experiences an existential crisis but lands on the road to self-discovery.

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With the help of a prosthetic nose, Bradley Cooper brings Leonard Bernstein alive in Maestro, which he also directed. The famed conductor’s personal life and persona on stage benefit from Cooper’s energy and chain smoking. Cooper got an assist from Carey Mulligan, who plays the actor Felicia Montealegre, Bernstein’s stylish wife.

Streaming on Netflix.

American Fiction

Cord Jefferson’s directorial debut American Fiction is what satire should be: funny while succinctly pointing at truths. Jeffrey Wright plays a frustrated academic up against the wall of what Black books must be to sell. He takes action. The film is also about families and the weight of their struggles. Wright is joined by a great supporting cast in Leslie Uggams, Erika Alexander, Issa Rae, Sterling K. Brown and Tracee Ellis Ross.

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Anatomy of a Fall

Justine Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall took the Palme d’Or at the 76th Cannes Film Festival. It stars Sandra Huller as a writer, Sandra, trying to prove her innocence in court in her husband’s death at their chalet in the French Alps. The verdict? We won’t tell. Did she or didn’t she? Triet wrote the film with her husband, Arthur Harari. “It’s OK, he’s alive,” she told The Associated Press’ Jake Coyle.

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The Holdovers

The Alexander Payne offering The Holdovers is set at Christmastime, but its themes of loneliness and belonging resonate well beyond the holiday, wrapped in a comedic package. Set in 1970 over the holiday break at a boarding school, there’s plenty of nostalgia in the details. It stars Paul Giamatti in curmudgeonly glory as the teacher stuck minding Angus (Dominic Sessa) and other students with no place to go.

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The Zone of Interest

There’s another meaty role for Huller in the Holocaust story The Zone of Interest, directed by Jonathan Glazer. She plays Hedwig, the wife of Rudolf Hss (Christian Friedel), the real-life, bloodthirsty commandant of Auschwitz. The action largely has Rudolf and Hedwig living their everyday family lives just a few steps from the ovens and trains that were instruments in the slaughter of millions of Jews. A story worth telling, considering their status as monsters? You decide.

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Past Lives

Celine Song’s feature debut Past Lives is a triumph for her as a director and writer, and for Greta Lee, one of her stars. Largely autobiographical, it tells the story of childhood companions in Seoul who reunite and rekindle in New York years later, landing in a love triangle. The other thirds of the equation are played by Teo Yoo and John Magaro. It’s understated glory, inducing the best kind of tears: those come by honestly without massive manipulation.

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Annette Bening plays the never-say-die marathon open-water swimmer Diana Nyad and Jodie Foster portrays Nyad’s best friend and trainer, Bonnie Stoll. Enough said. Nyad isn’t your average sports biopic. At age 60, Nyad decides to attempt as she did in her youth to swim the shark-infested ocean from Cuba to Miami. Nothing will stop her and lots of things try. A lesson in single-focus excellence.

Streaming on Netflix.

Society of the Snow

The story of an amateur Uruguay rugby team’s 1972 plane crash in the Andes as they travelled with relatives and friends to Chile for a match has been told on film many times. There were 45 on board. Sixteen survived after 72 days in the mountains. They faced biting cold, massive snowstorms, avalanches and starvation, the latter motivating them to eat the dead. In Society of the Snow, J.A. Bayona wanted to honour the tragedy’s victims and survivors, including him. It’s bleak indeed, with a spirit of love and camaraderie.

Streaming on Netflix.

The Color Purple

It was a book (Alice Walker). It was a dramatic film (Whoopi Goldberg as Celie). It was a Broadway musical (Fantasia Barrino as Celie). This The Color Purple has Barrino back. It’s a musical, too, adapted from the stage version, and it’s directed by Blitz Bazawule. He squeezes the strength of Black women out of his harrowing, maximalist film. Colman Domingo is Mister, Halle Bailey is Nettie, with Taraji P. Henson and Danielle Brooks helping the story along amid all the singing and dazzle.

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Spider Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Welcome to an animated high-octane comic-book sequel that manages to work. In Spider Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) is a 15-year-old better able to deal with his crime-fighting powers. Spider-Gwen is voiced by Hailee Steinfeld. By sequel, we mean the first half of the first sequel to Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse. There’s your cliffhanger alert. Available for pay at Apple TV, Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu and elsewhere.

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May December

The breakout star of Todd Haynes’ tense May December is Charles Melton of Reggie fame on TV’s Riverdale. He’s the May to Julianne Moore’s December, with a whole lot of Natalie Portman thrown in. Inspired by the Mary Kay Letourneau case, Moore plays a ripped-from-the-headlines woman who went to prison over an affair with a seventh-grader she later marries. Portman’s character comes for a visit as she studies how to play Moore in a movie. Things, as they say, fall apart. Although the film’s performances weren’t honoured with nominations, the screenplay for May December was.

Streaming on Netflix.


Who engineered the 1963 March on Washington? Bayard Rustin, somebody lots of people knew nothing about before Colman Domingo came along in George C. Wolfe’s Rustin. With verve, Domingo digs into the experience of a Black gay man in the racist and homophobic 1960s. Cameos abound: Jeffrey Wright, Adrienne Warren, Kevin Mambo, Audra McDonald, Chris Rock, Glynn Turman. Produced by former U.S. president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground. Obama awarded Rustin a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Streaming on Netflix.

20 Days in Mariupol

A joint production by The Associated Press and PBS’ Frontline, the documentary 20 Days in Mariupol has been met with critical acclaim and an audience award at the Sundance Film Festival. AP journalist Mstyslav Chernov directed the movie from 30 hours of footage shot in Mariupol in the opening days of the Ukraine war. Chernov and AP colleagues Evgeniy Maloletka, a photographer, and producer Vasilisa Stepanenko were the last international journalists in the city before escaping.

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The Boy and the Heron

Dreamy and enthralling, director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli do it again. Well. The beautifully animated Japanese fantasy The Boy and the Heron has young Mahito late in the Second World War mourning the death of his mother and encountering a talking and ornery gray heron he can’t get rid of. And there’s a very important tower.

Available to watch in select theatres.

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