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Critics Call ‘Carol’ Film ‘Flawless,’ ‘Gorgeous,’ An Oscar Contender

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Rave reviews are greeting  “Carol” in advance of its New York Film Festival screening Friday.

Flavorwirecalls it “flawless” and “gorgeous,” with “astonishing” performances.   The Village Voice gushes about Todd Haynes’ direction.

Haynes' work  “has never been more assured, defined by silken camera work and expert framing that conveys his characters’ loneliness. … ‘Carol’ offers a mature portrait of love struggling to materialize, and survive, in a disapproving society,” the Voice says.

Haynes filmed “Carol,” set in 1952 New York, last year here with Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara,  Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson. (Blanchett appears on Stephen Colbert’s CBS “Late Show 11:35 p.m. Thursday.)

Blanchett stars as a wealthy New Yorker Carol Aird in a loveless marriage (to Chandler) pursuing a young department store clerk (Mara). When “Carol” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Rooney was named best actress for her portrayal of Therese Belivet.

All 10 reviews on MetaCriticwritten during Cannes were positive. Four reviewers scored “Carol” a perfect 100, giving it an average of 98 before the New York screening, and making it “a serious Oscar contender,” says the Gold Derby awards prediction site.  When an 11th review was added this week, the average dropped to 95. 

Gold Derbyalso declared Blanchett the front runner to win the Academy Award for best actress next year for the film.

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No reviews have been posted for “Miles Ahead,” Cheadle’s story about innovative jazz trumpeter Miles Davis ending his five-year self-imposed “silent period” out of the public eye in 1979.

The “Miles Ahead” release date is Sunday, when it screens at the film festival’s closing night.

“Carol” is scheduled for a limited release Nov. 20, before Thanksgiving, followed by a larger distribution in December.

As I posted Monday, Cincinnati premieres are being planned for “Carol” and “Miles Ahead,” says Kristen Erwin Schlotman, Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission executive director.

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John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.