Oscar Hopefuls at Fall's Film Festivals: What Hit and What Fizzled at Venice and Telluride?

September 2, 2014 5:32 PM

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Oscar Hopefuls at Fall's Film Festivals: What Hit and What Fizzled at Venice and Telluride?

We just passed Labor Day weekend, but you really know it's fall when film festival season kicks into high gear. In the last week, we've had the premieres of Oscar wannabes like Wild and The Imitation Game at Telluride and Birdman and The Humbling at Venice, and with the Toronto and New York film festivals on the horizon, soon we'll have a good grasp on most of the major contenders looking to capture critical attention as we exit summer blockbuster season. So what's the buzz so far?

Jean-Marc Vallee's (Dallas Buyers Club) adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir starring Reese Witherspoon has unsurprisingly attracted strong praise for its performers, particularly Witherspoon and Laura Dern and general thumbs-ups, with caveats, for the movie itself. Following Strayed as she hikes t...

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