This Oscar season, there are a lot of emotionally manipulative moments, the type that take you out of the film. As a consequence, most of the Oscar contenders so far are a little underwhelming. Expect that to be an ongoing theme over the next few weeks.
Due to a recent Federal Trade Commission decision, I think it best to reveal that, yes, I receive free admission to most of the films that I review. This is the standard practice among film reviewers, and it does not affect my opinion. Unless noted otherwise, you should assume that I received free admission. I have never been on a junket and I do not plan to start. Although in the future, it is possible that I might decide to start interviewing actors, directors, etc.
K. Bowen is a freelance film critic whose work appears at Buzzine, Screen Comment and Stage and Cinema. Previously, he served as the film critic for Star Community Newspapers, reaching more than 100,000 people in the North Dallas area.