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Set in the Belgian countryside, Lukas Dhont's “Close” is about a friendship between two 13-year-old boys whose tender intimacy is tested, tragically, when one seeks to fit in with more macho boys. It's a sublimely delicate and devastating portrait of young friendship and the harsh intrusion of gender roles. In May, “Close” won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. Last month, it was nominated for best international film at the Academy Awards. A24 is currently expanding the film in limited theatrical release.

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“Avatar: The Way of Water” claimed the No. 1 spot on the domestic box office charts for the seventh weekend in a row with an additional $15.7 million according to studio estimates on Sunday. Second place went to Universal and DreamWorks’ family-oriented offering “Puss In Boots: The Last Wish,” which made $10.6 million in its sixth weekend. Third place was claimed by “A Man Called Otto" The meme-able horror “M3GAN,” a Universal release, came in fourth place with $6.4 million and while fifth place went to the Indian blockbuster “Pathaan." Following Tuesday's Oscar nominations, Several studios also re-released their best picture nominees in theaters.

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The sci-fi indie hit “Everything Everywhere All at Once” leads nominations to the 95th Academy Awards with 11 nominations. Nominations included acting nods for star Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan in a comeback performance decades after he starred in “The Goonies” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” A year after a streaming service won Hollywood’s top honor for the first time, big-screen spectacles dominated Tuesday’s nominations to the 95th Academy Awards with the “Avatar” and “Top Gun” sequels getting best picture nods. Collectively, the best picture nominees have earned more than $1.5 billion domestically so far, which is a record.  The Oscars will be presented March 12 in Los Angeles.

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Hundreds of films were released last year, on all sorts of platforms. Yet if we tend to look back at Hollywood during any given year in part by what earned Academy Award recognition, then 2022 will likely go down at a relatively mediocre year for movies.