What we have to say about the 2022 Oscar nominees

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As our horizons darken with the looming 94th Academy Awards (Sunday, March 27), we’ve compiled a must-read list of reviews from our critics on this year’s nominees, plus interviews with the directors of two films in the running for the best Documentary. Editor Dan Schindel discusses the making of Penthouse and the continued relevance of the prison uprising with Stanley Nelson Jr. and Traci Curry, while MZ Adnan speaks with TO RUN AWAY director Jonas Poher Rasmussen on how the animation provided a pseudonym about him.

This and more, below.

The power of the dog
Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role (Benedict Cumberbatch), Actor in a Supporting Role (Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee), Actress in a Supporting Role (Kirsten Dunst), Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Cinematography, Directing, Editing films, music (Original Music), sound, production design

The power of the dog Is a different kind of western film
Acclaimed director Jane Campion returns to the movies with an all-star cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and more.


West Side Story
Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Ariana Debose), Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Set Design, Sound

New West Side Story Brings the issues of the show’s father to the forefront
Director Steven Spielberg, long obsessed with absent fathers, interrogates this theme and other issues of patriarchy and gender roles in his film take on the classic series.


Licorice Pizza
Best Picture, Direction, Writing (Original Screenplay)

Licorice PizzaPaul Thomas Anderson’s Ode to the San Fernando Valley of the 1970s
Stoner jokes, unexpected pop culture references, and an unlikely love story collide like charms on a bracelet.


Dunes
Best Picture, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup & Hair, Music (Original Score), Sound, Visual Effects, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Dunes Is impressive but incomplete
The biggest problem with the bend Dunes in a movie is that the book appears increasingly derived from generic sci-fi tropes.


Macbeth’s Tragedy
Actor in Lead Role (Denzel Washington), Cinematography, Production Design

Denzel Washington stars in a new black and white Macbeth
Working for the first time without his brother Ethan, Joel Coen [The Tragedy of Macbeth]starring Denzel Washington, embraces the text with uncommon fidelity.


Tammy Faye’s eyes
Actress in the lead role (Jessica Chastain), make-up and hairstyle

The story of the “First Lady of Religious Broadcasting”
Tammy Faye’s eyes features a captivating performance by Jessica Chastain, but turns out to be less interesting than the documentary on which it is based.


Parallel mothers
Actress in a Leading Role (Penélope Cruz), Music (Original Score)

Pedro Almodóvar presents a seductive thriller about motherhood
Penélope Cruz and Milena Smit play two young mothers with very different backgrounds in the Spanish director’s latest study on female interiority.


The worst person in the world
International Feature Film, Writing (Original Screenplay)

The worst person in the world Is among the best portraits of modern femininity
Part of the film’s glory is that its heroine’s choices, however unexpected, are taken seriously.


soul summer
Documentary (feature film)

The forgotten “Black Woodstock” of 1969
soul summerQuestlove’s directorial debut, seeks to resurrect the memory of the Harlem Cultural Festival, a vital touchstone of black music.


Ascent
Documentary (feature film)

The industry and leisure of the world’s largest middle class
Jessica Kingdon’s new movie Ascent documents China’s factories, etiquette centers and other contemporary curiosities.


TO RUN AWAY
Animated feature film, Documentary (feature film), International feature film

How a documentary used animation to protect the identity of its main character
Afghan refugee Amin didn’t feel comfortable telling his story to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen without a way to conceal his identity. Rasmussen explains the process at Hyperallergic.


Penthouse
Documentary (feature film)

‘You Should Feel Disturbed’ — Talking to the Directors of Penthouse
Following the film’s nomination for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, Stanley Nelson and Traci Curry speak to Hyperallergic about the continued relevance of uprising.

For more film coverage of Hyperallergic, visit hyperallergic.com/category/film/

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