Movieguide® Reviews Best Picture Noms


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Here’s a round up of Movieguide® reviews for Best Picture nominees.  Take a look and see who you think should win.

Nominees for Best Picture (in alphabetical order)

 

ARGO

Quality:  ****  Acceptability:  -2

ARGO tells the strange but true story of how one CIA agent, with help from the Canadian ambassador and his household, helped get six Americans out of Iran during the hostage crisis under President Jimmy Carter in 1980. ARGO is a truly riveting, uplifting, mostly patriotic spy thriller laced with some funny comedy, but there’s plenty of strong foul language and some politically correct in one sequence that undercuts the movie’s patriotism.

 

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AMOUR

Quality:  ***  Acceptability:  -3

AMOUR is an acclaimed Austrian drama in French about two retired, elderly music teachers whose lives are severely tested when the wife suffers a series of debilitating strokes. At first, AMOUR takes what seems to be an anti-euthanasia argument but, as the wife’s condition worsens, it takes an evil stand in favor of murdering people suffering from terminal or debilitating illnesses.

 

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DJANGO UNCHAINED

Quality:  ***  Acceptability:  -4

DJANGO UNCHAINED, a new western from Quentin Tarantino, is about a freed black slave who gets help from a German bounty hunter in finding his wife, who was sold separately by their former owners. DJANGO UNCHAINED has some very well-crafted moments, but there’s abundant foul language, the “n” word is frequently used, and the movie ends in a bloody bloodbath that’s abhorrently brutal.

 

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BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

 

Quality:  ***  Acceptability:  -2

 

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is a quirky, impressionistic movie set in the future about a weird little girl living in a weird, poverty stricken community in the bayou. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD is a bunch of characters in search of a plot, with some foul language and a Romantic, environmentalist worldview verging on pantheism.

 

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LES MISERABLES

Quality:  ****  Acceptability:  -1

 

LES MISÉRABLES is a movie version of the beloved musical play of Victor Hugo’s novel about an ex-convict whose life is redeemed but is hounded anyway by a legalistic policeman. LES MISÉRABLES is a brilliant adaptation of this inspiring, spiritually uplifting Christian story that beautifully depicts God’s transformational powers though the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but it contains some harsh scenes showing the brokenness of humanity without God.

 

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LIFE OF PI

Quality:  ***  Acceptability:  -2

 

LIFE OF PI is an incredible adventure about a boy who finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with a tiger. LIFE OF PI has some very good acting and beautiful filmmaking, with some positive Christian content. However, the story is a little convoluted and disjointed and comes to a syncretistic, mystical understanding of God stating that all roads lead to Heaven.

 

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LINCOLN

Quality:  ****  Acceptability:  -2

 

Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN focuses on President Lincoln’s efforts in January 1865 to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery in the United States and its territories. LINCOLN is a meticulous, captivating, somewhat nuanced, and brilliantly performed moral plea against slavery, racism, and prejudice, but it sometimes suggests that the ends justifies the means and contains too much strong foul language that seems anachronistic.

 

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SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

Quality:  ****  Acceptability:  -3

 

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK is a quirky romantic comedy about a thirtysomething man with anger issues, who befriends a twentysomething widow who also has some emotional problems. After a rocky start, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK becomes very entertaining, with a feel good ending, but there’s about 130 obscenities and profanities and only some light moral or redemptive moments.

 

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ZERO DARK THIRTY

Quality:  ****  Acceptability:  -2

 

ZERO DARK THIRTY is about the killing of Usama bin Ladin, the leader of Al Qaeda. It focuses on one American female agent’s obsession with finding the terrorist leader, despite timid officials in Washington. ZERO DARK THIRTY is powerful and patriotic, but you never see the villain until the end, and there’s many strong obscenities and intense violence.

 

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