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Oscar nominees: "The Descendants" and "The Artist"

It will be Oscar time soon, so I wanted to inform you of two fantastic movies currently in the theaters.

"The Descendants," starring George Clooney, is a touching modern-day film.

Matt King (Clooney) is dealing with many difficult family issues.

His wife suffered a horrible boating accident and she is in a coma.

Matt now has to take care of his 10-year-old daughter and reconnect with his 18-year-old daughter as well.

Throw in that Matt has to make a big decision on some pristine, sacred island land, and that he has to reconcile that his wife had a past affair.

The story is great, well written and well acted. and Clooney's performance is worthy of an Oscar.

"The Artist" is a darling, sharp film that takes the viewer back to the Golden Age of the Silent Film.

Mega silent film start George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) has the world on a string. George, though, will find out that a new technology is coming into play, "the talkies."

During his time as a silent screen star, George befriends a pretty, young actress Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) and you'll find out that by chance that will be he best move George could have done.

Peppy has a soft spot for George even as George's career tanks.

This is a classic "Riches to Rags," back to respectability movie that should do well at the Academy Awards.

And, oh yeah, George's dog (Uggie) was adorable.

I personally think "The Artist" is going to take most of the awards.

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