At The Movies: Genre Pictures Have No Borders

While its got its share of surprises, Drug War follows the cop picture formula closely enough to connect with those who like that kind of film, and its bracing, tightly choreographed shootouts are every bit as good, if grittier than their big studio counterparts. In most cases, American audiences are loath to go to subtitled movies. But, over the years, exceptions have been made for martial arts pictures and action movies. Drug War fits perfectly into the last genre — and its the best such import since 2002s Infernal Affairs, the Hong Kong picture that inspired Martin Scorseses The Departed. Oscar contenders coming to Lincoln If youre among those who like to see all the Oscar nominees on the big screen (always a good idea), you need to head to theaters over the next three weeks as two pictures likely to get nominations open in Lincoln Friday. Sandra Bullock, who took home a best actress Academy Award for her work in The Blind Side, is getting rave reviews for her performance as an astronaut floating in space and fearing death in Gravity. Shes almost a sure thing for a nomination. Director Alfonso Cuaron has been Oscar-nominated three times — for writing and editing. He could easily get a fourth or fifth nominations for writing and directing Gravity and the films impressive 3-D and cinematography could get Academy consideration as well. Enough Said, which begins a three-week run at the Ross Media Arts Center Friday, is building Oscar momentum for its stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and, especially, the late James Gandolfini. The romantic comedy about a pair of middle-aged divorcees is a sure bet to get a Golden Globe nomination in its comedy category. With 10 films now tabbed for best picture consideration, both Gravity and Enough Said could make that cut as well. ‘Nebraska’ looking like an awards hit Nebraska, the film about a father and son journey from Montana to Nebraska to cash a lottery ticket, with some scenes shot in Lincoln, looks like it will be another critical and awards hit for director Alexander Payne. Star Bruce Dern is a lock for a best actor nomination, Will Forte could get a best supporting actor nod and the film is a best picture possibility as well. It will open on Nov.

Now at your library: Streaming movies, music

For Seattle resident and library patron Jamie Koepnick-Herrera, Hoopla has joined her other streaming services such as Netflix, which she uses for movies, and Hulu, which she uses to watch current seasons of television shows. On Hoopla, she found the yoga videos she was looking for. “I think it provides a great free source of entertainment for families who can’t afford to get a movie for family night or for teenagers to have access to that album they can’t afford,” Koepnick-Herrera said. Hoopla’s movie and television collection is impressive in its numbers: About 3,000 titles. It is, however, chockfull of B-movies. Some of the newer movies weren’t exactly hits in the theaters, such as Keanu Reeves’ “Generation Um” and Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” which preceded his hit “The Butler.” But there are also many older films, including some classics. The choice of foreign flicks is also healthy and with some quality picks. Documentaries, such as “Gasland” and “Restrepo,” are some of the top picks for a collection that also includes public television documentaries, like Ken Burn’s “Prohibition.” Under the television section, Hoopla offers plenty of National Geographic and British shows, but not much else. There aren’t past seasons of many shows, which is one area Netflix thrives in. There are also educational choices, such as preparation videos for high school advanced placement exams. The limit on new movie titles, though, is not something unique to Hoopla. Even Netflix, with its bigger budget, often spars with movies studios on when to release new movies. And it’s not something unique to streaming either.