As we sit in the midst of the annual film awards season, it’s time for this passionate filmgoer to pick my favorite films of 2017. It is also appropriate now because several of the lauded films had limited big-city openings, and are just now showing up in local theaters. Golden Globes, Critics Choice and other award shows are behind us. The Academy Awards nominations are coming on Jan. 23, and the award show is on March 4.
What are the odds that two films in the annual Oscar race would be about the same incident of World War II? And yet, that's what we have in 2017. The shared topic is the incident at Dunkirk on the French coast in late May of 1940, during the early days of World War II. Some 400,000 British and allied troops were amassed on the beaches of Dunkirk, trying to flee the advancing German army. The British navy wasn't positioned correctly to do much good.
Looking for a special movie to watch this holiday season? Boy, do you have a lot from which to pick — from classic dramas to irreverent comedies, from age-old stories to modern tales. Most offer warm feelings, nostalgic memories, and feel-good finales — which are reasons why many of us include a favorite Christmas movie, along with decorating the tree and drinking our eggnog. And this film buff includes several Christmas movies among his favorites.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".