Winner of one Oscar nomination, including Best Picture

Posted by · 11:18 am · August 1st, 2009

The Academy’s recent controversial decision to bump the Best Picture category up to 10 nominees has been mulled over, digested, regurgitated and mulled over again at this point.  There’s nothing really new that can be added to the conversation/debate/speculation, but as I was going through my updated Oscar predictions for Monday’s column, I suddenly realized […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘The Stoning of Soraya M.’ director Cyrus Nowrasteh

Posted by · 1:03 pm · June 26th, 2009

Those seeking a cinematic escape from this week’s barrage of “Transformers” silliness couldn’t find a much more sober alternative than Cyrus Nowrasteh’s “The Stoning of Soraya M.,” an adaptation of the non-fiction bestseller by French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam. A spare, moving study of gender persecution in 1980s Iran, as frank and unpretentious as its title, […]

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