With most precursor awards leading up to the Academy Awards unveiling their nominations last week, two of those films in the race open this week for audiences to see.

“Minari” led the local Houston Film Critics Society nominations but, ultimately, the film walked away with zero wins. The film is mostly in Korean but is one of the most American stories in the race this year. It stars Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead”). The writing is the stand-out for this film, which has been lauded to a level of anticipation I fear many viewers will find it underwhelming when they finally see it.

Dustin Chase is a film critic and associate editor with Texas Art & Film, which is based in Galveston. Visit texasartfilm.com.

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