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There’s a moment early on in “Phantom Thread” where Reynolds Woodcock — the much-lauded dressmaker and central character of the film — is chastising his partner Johanna. Following this scene, she is never heard from again. Johanna, bemoaning Reynolds’ coldness, simply asks him where he has gone, referring to his emotional distance. Reynolds decides to forgo an answer and simply replies, “I cannot begin my day with a confrontation.” Reynolds, a man of rigid routine, views confrontation as the ultimate evil, tripping him up and disrupting his carefully planned inner world. “Phantom Thread” is, in essence, a film about confrontation, and what happens when such a man’s norms are eroded — the consequences of living a meticulously planned existence. “Phantom Thread” is the newest film by writer-director auteur Paul Thomas Anderson, the filmmaker behind such classics as 2007’s “There Will Be Blood,” 1997’s “Boogie Nights” and 2003’s “Punch Drunk Love.”…

2017, with all of the nominations, looks like it’s shaping up to be a great end to the Academy’s eighth decade of awarding Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers. In the past 89 years, the Academy has done more than just award those famous golden-figured Oscar trophies. The Academy has given people the courage to achieve their dreams no matter where they live or what they hope to accomplish in life. They make filmmakers want to get up and do what they do everyday, which is to entertain and inspire people all across the world. Remember, if it wasn’t for audiences, then what would be the point of making films? After making some hard decisions, I have managed to pick who I think should win in each of the major categories. However, it is fair game for all of the nominees and each one has an equal opportunity to win gold. BEST…

Guess what, kids? It’s almost superhero season at the movies! Yes, we’re just days away from Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly anticipated (to put it lightly) sequel to Marvel’s blatant rip-off of the Super Friends TV show. So since Marvel movies are responsible for most of the annual box-office intake, I figure it would be appropriate to pick out the best big-screen adaptations of Stan Lee’s squad. Just for the record, I’m including Marvel movies before and after Disney grabbed onto superheroes’ coattails. With that, BEST OF LIST, ASSEMBLE!!!!   X-Men (2000) Two superheroes ruled cinemas from 1978 to 1997: Superman (primarily in the 1980s) and Batman (primarily in the 1990s). Marvel’s biggest cinematic output during that time was the tale of a duck from another dimension. Then came an interesting idea from director Bryan Singer; take two acclaimed British thespian actors, an Australian theatre actor, John Stamos’ model…

Summer is just around the corner and that means millions of people will need an excuse to stay indoors with air conditioning for two hours. Thankfully, cinemas are still open (for now) and will be chock full of new movies for the public to soak up. We took a look at the ones we think will trend on FaceTwitGram or something Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15) 36 years after the first installment, the angry Aussie is back for a new generation. Original writer/director George Miller helms this reboot with Tom Hardy taking over the title role. This time around, Max must team up with a mysterious woman named Furiosa (Charlize Theron) to evade crazy killers in tricked out cars that would make the Fast and Furious cars leak oil. Yes, Fury Road is another addition to the reboot/remake/franchise canon. Yes, it follows “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent” and…