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Summer movie season started a week early this year, with “Avengers: Infinity War” hitting theaters the last week of April rather than the first week of May, which is the traditional start of the season.

Why a week earlier? Money, of course. Disney had planned a May 4 release, and waited until other high-profile movies stayed two weeks away from that date before moving to April 27. Those sly foxes at the Mouse House got themselves an extra week of moviegoer’s prime attention!

Of course, it’s not the only high-profile release this summer. What follows is my annual lighthearted look at what to expect on the big screen through July, including The Rock leaping tall buildings in a single bound, a pope documentary, and more “Mission: Impossible.” To borrow from one of this summer’s titles, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”!

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"The Shape of Water" won four Oscars and was the big winner, while fellow Best Picture nominees "Dunkirk," "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Darkest Hour" took two apiece. 

We knew going in that the Oscars were going to be predictable, and by and large they were. The two biggest question marks were Original Screenplay and Best Picture -- Jordan Peele took Original Screenplay for "Get Out," while "The Shape of Water" grabbed Best Picture as well as Best Director, Production Design and and Original Score. This year's indie darling and crowd favorite "Lady Bird" went home empty handed, to the dismay of many.

Below are my thoughts, observations and general musings while watching the 90th Annual Academy Awards:

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A chaotic year in Hollywood has led to a fairly bland awards season, as many of the favorites in major categories have dominated the early accolades. That is, except for Best Picture. That’s anyone’s guess, and what fun it’s been to trace that race’s trajectory this year.

Of course, there’s more reason to watch the Oscars than just the awards. There’s the fashion. The tradition. Host Jimmy Kimmel. And this year in particular there’s the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, which we can expect to be addressed throughout the evening.

We already a know it’s affected the Oscars a few ways: Tradition holds that acting winners from the previous year return to present the same award to the other gender, but last year’s Best Actor winner Casey Affleck (“Manchester By The Sea”) will not return. You may recall him financially settling sexual misconduct allegations made against him during production of his film “I’m Still Here” (2010), so he voluntarily bowed out of the obligation. Similarly, James Franco was thought to be a shoo-in for a Best Actor nomination for his great work in “The Disaster Artist,” but sexual misconduct allegations by five women shortly before Oscar balloting closed likely eradicated his chance at a nomination.

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This year there were 341 films eligible for the Best Picture Oscar, but only these nine made the cut.

Which movie will the 7,258 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences choose as its Best Picture? It's a wide open race and tough year to predict, and still too early to tell. (Full Oscar predictions coming closer to Oscar night.)

Below are links to the reviews for the nine nominated films. You can find reviews of the Foreign Language Oscar nominees here.

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