Movie Critic http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh City Paper Writer Al Hoff Weighs in on the Oscar Buzz http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-city-paper-writer-al-hoff-weighs-oscar-buzz <p>The Academy Awards are right around the corner, Sunday March 2nd to be exact. There’s plenty of speculation about who’s likely to win, along with conversation about who's worthy of the awards.</p><p>Al Hoff is our movie contributor and a film critic for the Pittsburgh City Paper. She's parsed through the top Oscar contenders and says based on critic responses, the two favorites in many categories are <em>American Hustle </em>and <em>12 Years A Slave</em>. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:35:04 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24806 at http://wesa.fm Fruitvale Station and Typical Conjurings http://wesa.fm/post/fruitvale-station-and-typical-conjurings <p>Bringing the good and the bad news from the film reel, City Paper Film Critic <em>Al Hoff </em>presents her opinions on several upcoming movies and documentaries coming to a theater near you.</p><p>With a release date that could not be more timely, <a href="http://www.fruitvalefilm.com">Fruitvale Station</a> documents the final days of Oscar Grant, an African American man from San Francisco who was <a href="http://movies.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/movies/fruitvale-station-is-based-on-the-story-of-oscar-grant-iii.html">shot and killed</a> by police while unarmed at a subway station. The film comes after the controversial George Zimmerman verdict&nbsp; in which many believe race played a crucial role.</p><p>http://youtu.be/ceVVVils8z4 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:51:18 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13821 at http://wesa.fm