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Join a live 'Gravity' chat with film critic Kenneth Turan on Tuesday

October 7, 2013

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Oct. 07--"Gravity," the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney astronauts-in-distress movie, rocketed to the No. 1 spot at the box office over the weekend. Did you find the movie realistic? Was the 3-D up to your expectations? And do you think it can win some Oscars?

Join us for a live chat about the movie at noon Pacific time Tuesday with Times film critic Kenneth Turan and Hollywood awards guru Glenn Whipp. You can also tweet your questions to us using the hashtag #gravityLAT and sign up for a reminder below.

Reviewing the film, Turan said: " 'Gravity' is out of this world. Words can do little to convey the visual astonishment this space opera creates. It is a film whose impact must be experienced in 3-D on a theatrical screen to be fully understood."

Whipp reported that at an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences screening on Saturday, Oscar voters packed the roughly 1,000-seat Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills to see Alfonso Cuaron's movie. And judging from the applause when the credits rolled, he said, voters found much to appreciate.

"The visual effects award is probably being engraved as you read this. Nominations for sound mixing and sound editing would seem assured and five-time Oscar nominee Emmanuel Lubezki should have a strong chance to finally win the Academy Award for cinematography," he wrote.

Whether Bullock will get a nomination for her starring role is another question, though Whipp notes that she's received better reviews than she did for "The Blind Side," the movie that won her the lead actress Oscar four years ago.

Do you think she deserves another statuette? Weigh in on Tuesday.

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