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Dir. Martin Scorsese
(2011, PG, 127 min)

Before Hugo I had only seen three films in 3D. When given the choice, I almost always opt for two dimensions; the ticket surcharge hardly ever seems worth it, unless you’re in the hands of a filmmaker who might be after something more than a pay day. (The trailers accompanying Hugo include ads for cash-grab 3D re-releases of Beauty and the Beast, Titanic, and Star Wars.) Whether Martin Scorsese‘s film is better served with or without the technology is hard to say; some scenes are enhanced, others I think would have been better off without it, and still others are a wash. Its greatest weakness is high-speed action scenes, during which my eyes couldn’t process the illusion of relative depth in the midst of hectic motion in the frame. Its greatest strength is in exploring vast physical environments. Chase scenes are hit-and-miss.

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It’s a new year and a good time for wishful thinking. Ballots have been mailed to Academy Award voters and must be returned by January 14, so to all my Oscar-voting readers — let’s for the moment assume I have any — here are some eligible contenders you haven’t been hearing about but deserve your attention.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, in 'Shutter Island'

Dir. Martin Scorsese
(2010, R, 138 min)
★ ★ ★ ★

Shutter Island was shuffled from an intended fall 2009 release date to February 2010, which changed the its profile from Oscar-season prestige picture to a late-winter thriller with low expectations (a studio delaying a film is often a sign of a lack of confidence), but it has proven to be a sound business decision; though the film has met with generally positive reviews (62 on Metacritic, 67% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes), it nevertheless might have been regarded as a disappointment from Martin Scorsese and struggled to get traction during the crowded awards blitz. Now, the film is well on its way to a domestic gross of $100 million … Read the rest of my review at Culturazzi.org