Mr. Turner
"Mr. Turner" is a must see - not for great storytelling - but for the stunning beauty of every shot in the film, which is a painting unto its own. This film is truly a piece of art, one that would please the 19th century British painter J.M.W. Turner. "Mr. Turner" is nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Musical Score. These nominations alone should tell you that "Mr. Turner" is worth the price of admission.

Top 5 movies of 2014
The Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 15 and the awards will be presented at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb 22. The show will be televised live on ABC. Here are my favorite films of 2014: #5 Selma – Director Ava DuVernay will receive an Oscar nomination for Selma, which chronicles Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s epic 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. David Ovelowo should be receiving an Oscar nod on January 15th, portrays King.

California Independent Film Festival
The California Film Festival (CAIFF) is excited to present another year exhibiting a diverse array of films from around the world. The festival has also honored actors and filmmakers including Richard Dreyfuss, Martin Landau, Cloris Leachman, Tony Curtis, Rita Moreno, Diane Ladd, Penny Marshall, Ed Asner, Tippi Hedren, Barry Morrow, and others. The festival takes place at the New Rheem Theatre in Moraga, The Orinda Theatre, and The Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

Mill Valley Film Festival
Since founding the Mill Valley Film Festival in 1977, Mark Fishkin has shepherded this once small, three-day showcase into an eleven-day, internationally acclaimed cinema event presenting a wide variety of new films from around the world in an engaged, community setting. The festival has an impressive track record of launching new films and new filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a filmmakers' festival by celebrating the best in American independent and foreign films, along side high-profile and prestigious award contenders.

* THE BOXTROLLS
are a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of a city called Cheesebridge. The story is about a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator, the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher. When Snatcher comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls. Eggs decides to venture above ground and "into the light," where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie. Together, they devise a daring plan to save The BoxTrolls family. The film is based upon the children's novel 'Here Be Monsters' by Alan Snow.

Watch the trailer (above)