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Some of Hollywood’s greatest movies have never won an Academy Award. But there’s an indication that critically acclaimed movies are now being recognized with Oscar nominations. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Three trends to watch at the Oscars this weekend

Throughout its history, the Academy Awards has picked some questionable winning films. But there are signs the Oscars are more often recognizing quality filmmaking.
Moviegoers familiarize themselves with the joystick that will allow them to interact with the film ‘I’m Your Man’ during its premiere on Dec. 16, 1992. AP Photo/Richard Harbus

From Smell-O-Vision to Astrocolor, the film industry’s biggest innovation flops

Sound, color and special effects transformed the moviegoing experience. These inventions decidedly did not.
King of a technologically advanced country, Black Panther is a scientific genius. Marvel Studios

The hidden superpower of ‘Black Panther’: Scientist role models

Seeing black lead characters who are accomplished scientists could be just the thing to help inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.
Tommy Wiseau clutches a football in ‘The Room,’ the 2003 film he wrote, produced and starred in. Wiseau Films

What makes some art so bad that it’s good?

Sometimes a work of art is characterized by a string of failures, but nonetheless ends up being a gorgeous freak accident of nature.
‘I don’t care what they say about me,’ P.T. Barnum once said, ‘as long as they spell my name correctly.’ Everett Historical/Shutterstock.com

How the ‘Greatest Showman’ paved the way for Donald Trump

The new movie about P.T. Barnum couldn’t come at a better time: It's impossible not to see his ghost in our culture, in our advertisements and in our president.
The Justice League should be a sum of its parts but the question remains: Who is the protagonist? From left: Cyborg, Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman. (Handout)

A team divided: Who is the hero of Justice League?

The reviews are coming in pretty harsh for Justice League. If Superman is awesome and Batman is awesome and Wonder Woman is awesome, shouldn’t the three of them together be thrice as awesome?
Movies from the “neo-noir” genre offer a darker and bleaker vision of the city, in stark contrast to the world of the TV sit-com. Tan Zi Han/Shutterstock

Movies and TV choose to tell us different stories about the cities of today

Movies often portray the city as a dystopia, particularly in the 'neo-noir' genre, which explores postmodern themes. TV shows and ads present an altogether sunnier picture of life in the city.
While the original Blade Runner provides some insight into artificial life, and the book explores power and human relationships, Blade Runner 2049 has none of that. (Handout)

Blade Runner 2049: No hope in this dystopia

Blade Runner 2049 represents a failure of the imagination. The film is a series of events strung together and steeped in narcissism, excessive self-absorption, isolation and regressive politics.
Tourists play slot machines at the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jae C. Hong/AP Photo

In Las Vegas, excess and fantasy bleed into tragedy

Excessive indulgence is the city’s unifying theme. It’s also a way to end your life. Just ask Stephen Paddock.

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