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“Midnight in Paris”

Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Director (Woody Allen), Best Original Screenplay (Allen), Best Art Direction

What’s It About: Owen Wilson steps up into the Woody-surrogate role of Gil Pender, a Hollywood screenwriter on vacation in the City of Light with his fiance Inez (Rachel McAdams) and his soon-to-be in-laws. Gil is frustrated with his life, and dreams of writing a great novel instead of tacky scripts to bad movies… Continue reading What Is 'Midnight in Paris'? Oscar Nominees 2012 Guide

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Nominated For: Best Actor (Gary Oldman), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score

What’s It About: Based on the famous novel by John le Carre, “Tinker” follows ex-British spy George Smiley (Oldman), who’s brought back to the Circus (British intelligence — in this movie, everything is spoken in code) to investigate a potential Russian spy. Soon, everyone’s a suspect, including Smiley himself, as the viewer tries to unscramble a… Continue reading What Is 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'? Oscar Nominees Guide 2012

“The Descendants”

Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing

What’s It About: Matt King (Clooney) lives in Hawaii with his wife, who — unbeknownst to him — is having an affair with a real estate guru (Matthew Lillard). As if that weren’t bad enough, Matt finds out about his wife’s infidelity after she suffers massive head injuries during a boating accident and falls into… Continue reading What Is 'The Descendants'? Oscar Nominees 2012 Guide

What Is ‘War Horse’? Oscar Nominees 2012 Guide

“War Horse”

Nominated For: Best Picture, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing

What’s It About: The Narracotts are a farming family struggling to survive in the pre-WWI era. Stubborn father Ted purchases a horse (Joey) up for auction, and his son Albert is smitten almost immediately. The two develop a special bond as Joey grows. Then the unthinkable happens: Ted sells Joey to the… Continue reading What Is 'War Horse'? Oscar Nominees 2012 Guide

“Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D” hits theaters this weekend, and it brings up a lot of contradictory feelings in fans of George Lucas’ legendary franchise. Most parents (and viewers in general) feel an overpowering allegiance to the original trilogy, but our kids, who have been exposed to the prequel trilogy and its animated “Clone Wars” spin-off, might actually prefer Episodes I-II-III. What is a self-respecting IV-V-VI-loyal… Continue reading Family Film Guide: Do Your Kids Love 'The Phantom Menace'?