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Oscars 2022: Best Original Score Predictions

The race for Best Original Score is marked by experimentation and invention, highlighted by the innovative frontrunner “Dune,” “The Power of the Dog,” “Spencer,” “Cyrano,” “King Richard,” “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” “Nightmare Alley,” and “Candyman.” Plus, two animated musicals — both graced by the songwriting chops of the very hot Lin-Manuel Miranda — experiment with […]

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Nightmare Alley Review: Guillermo Del Toro’s Carnival Noir Is Stylish As Hell, With A Standout Cate Blanchett Performance

Stan Carlisle walks away from a house on fire and ends up at a carnival. This is how Guillermo del Toro’s gorgeous noir “Nightmare Alley” begins, setting the mood for a wickedly enjoyable tale of freak shows, dark and stormy nights, innocent dames, morally bankrupt schemers, and a femme fatale to die for. Adapted from the […]

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‘Nightmare Alley’ Review: Guillermo del Toro Taps Bradley Cooper’s Dark Side in This Bravura Carnival Noir

The world is one big carnival, and we’re all just suckers — or “marks,” in the parlance of the traveling grifters so effective at fleecing those poor rubes who are not with it — in Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley.” A perfect match of material to auteur, William Lindsay Gresham’s pulpy 1946 novel and the […]

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‘Nightmare Alley’ Bites Off More Chicken Heads Than It Can Chew, but Guillermo del Toro’s Noir Is Too Luscious for Oscars to Ignore

There are two movies within Searchlight Pictures’ “Nightmare Alley.” One makes eight-time nominee Bradley Cooper a long overdue Oscar winner. The other would add another statue to the shelf of visionary director Guillermo del Toro. Depending on which one entices an Academy voter, they could fall for one, both or neither of the options. The […]

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‘Nightmare Alley’ First Reactions Commend Guillermo del Toro Noir’s ‘Breathtaking’ Production Design, Bradley Cooper’s ‘Career-Best Performance’

The first reactions to Searchlight Pictures’ “Nightmare Alley” are thundering in following the film’s global premiere in New York City on Wednesday evening. Film critics and entertainment writers who attended the high-profile screening took to social media, praising Guillermo del Toro’s follow-up to his 2017 best picture winner “The Shape of Water.”Based on William Lindsay […]

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Gotham Awards Predictions: Will Netflix Rule Both Sides of Film and TV With ‘The Lost Daughter’ and ‘Squid Game’?

The Gotham Awards will be the first awards body on the independent circuit to choose its winners for the year on Monday.On the film side, two Netflix features lead the tally, both from debut women filmmakers — Rebecca Hall’s “Passing” and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Lost Daughter.” There isn’t always an obvious blueprint to predicting this […]

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‘Nightmare Alley’ Trailer: Guillermo del Toro Takes An All-Star Cast Into A Deceitful World Of Noir

There are very few awards contenders left to screen this Oscar season. The one film that has purposefully set itself up to show its wares last, however, is Guillermo Del Toro’s long-awaited thriller “Nightmare Alley.” The curtain will go up on his adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham‘s 1941 novel on Dec. 1. In the meantime, […]

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‘Nightmare Alley’ Official Trailer: Cate Blanchett Hypnotizes Bradley Cooper in Sinister New Footage

While “House of Gucci,” “Licorice Pizza,” and “Don’t Look Up” are dominating movie headlines right now, don’t forget that a new Guillermo del Toro movie is on the way this December. Searchlight Pictures has debuted the official trailer for “Nightmare Alley,” del Toro’s highly-anticipated follow-up to “The Shape of Water.” That film grossed nearly $200 […]

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Oscars 2022: Best Sound Predictions

It’s a very competitive sound race, with frontrunner “Dune” being challenged from all sides by sci-fi (“The Matrix Resurrections”), horror, superheroes, spies, musicals, westerns, and film noir (“Nightmare Alley”).However, the sonic power and complexity of Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” (Warner Bros.) is going to be hard to beat. Its great achievement is creating a grounded reality […]

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New Nightmare Alley Image Teases Bradley Cooper And Cate Blanchett In Guillermo Del Toro’s Dark Noir

If the idea of Guillermo del Toro tipping his toes into the water of film noir doesn’t excite you, then I’m afraid nothing will. The filmmaker with a deep and abiding love of movie monsters is taking a trip into uncharted territory, leaving creature features behind for a change to focus on something even scarier: […]

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