Today, it's the March edition of Midday at the Movies, and Tom is joined in the studio by our movie-maven regulars: Ann Hornaday is film critic for the Washington Post and the author of Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies; Jed Dietz is the founding director of the Maryland Film Festival, home to the historic Parkway Theater here in Baltimore.
A week after the 91st annual Oscars ceremony left movie-goers grumbling over some of the Academy's top picks, Ann and Jed consider why folks were getting all red-in-the-face over Green Book's Best Picture Oscar, and why Alfonso Cuaron's highly praised Roma came close to the top honor -- but missed the cigar. They discuss the extraordinary post-Oscar bump that Green Book has enjoyed this past week, and the post-Oscar release of A Star is Born: Encore." That's a new version of the popular film, now making a brief, week-long swing through theaters, that features an extra twelve minutes of mostly performance footage, and a new song, "Clover," sung by Jackson and Ally in a scene that was missing from the original release.
And among the new films they spotlight, Jed, Ann and Tom share their thoughts about director Peter Jackson's extraordinary new film about World War One called They Shall Not Grow Old. Jackson takes silent, black-and-white historical footage shot on the actual battlefields, adds archived reflections by WWI veterans, and produces a talking, colorized documentary that offers a compelling new glimpse at the horrors of war.