There are dozens of year-end films that no one has seen yet, but Oscar pundits have been calculating different movies' odds since January.
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I'd give this year's festival a passing grade, just in terms of featuring movies that neither challenge you to make sense of them nor to stay awake.
Some people have greeted this week's selection of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as hosts for next February's Oscar broadcast as a harbinger of doom. Yeah, right -- like this annual ritual wasn't already one of the walking dead.
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