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If Critics Picked the Oscars, Here's Who Would Win on February 24th

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 10, 2013 11:43 AM
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And if they picked the Oscars the world would be a better place, don't you think?

And Your 2013 Oscar Nominees Are...

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 10, 2013 9:03 AM
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(And your obligatory Oscar nominees post is...)

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and Vancouver Film Critics Both Hail 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 9, 2013 2:57 PM
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Two more batches of critics group awards to report: the winners from The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle. And, it seems, Terminal City writers and women critics from all over agree: the best film of the year is "Zero Dark Thirty." Likewise, they both agree that its director, Kathryn Bigelow, is the Best Director of 2012. The groups were also in sync on Best Screenplay (Mark Boal, "Zero Dark Thirty" - the AWFJ also gave a Best Adapted Screenplay to Chris Terrio for "Argo"), Best Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"), and Best Documentary ("Searching For Sugar Man").

From the Wire: The 2012 Better-Than List

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 9, 2013 12:20 PM
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"A Thousand Words is better than Argo" and more of Armond White's annual contrarian comparisons.

The Razzies Are Bad Because They're Not Bad Enough

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 9, 2013 11:21 AM
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"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" led all nominees for some reason.
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Early Review of Wong Kar-wai's 'The Grandmaster' Calls it a 'Visual Feast'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 8, 2013 5:27 PM
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For Chinese audiences, the wait is finally over. Wong Kar-wai's "The Grandmaster," the director's first film since 2007's "My Blueberry Nights," opens today in China after three years in production and nearly a decade in development. Sadly, English language audiences will have to be a bit more patient for Wong's version of the life of legendary martial artist Ip Man (Tony Leung); its American release date is still undetermined (it'll next appear at the Berlin Film Festival in February).

Honoring Andrew Sarris and Rejecting Steven Spielberg at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 8, 2013 10:58 AM
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Kathryn Bigelow called Andrew Sarris a "mentor" and Steven Spielberg read a letter Daniel Day-Lewis sent him turning down "Lincoln."

VODetails: 'Charles Swan III'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 8, 2013 10:04 AM
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Is the new comedy directed by Roman Coppola and starring Charlie Sheen worth your VODollars?
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From the Wire: 2013's Slate Movie Club is Under Way

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 7, 2013 1:15 PM
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Every year, Slate invites a handful of critics to take part in The Movie Club, a week of lively discourse and debate about the highs and lows of the previous twelve months in the world of cinema. 2013's all-star lineup of contributors features Film.com's Stephanie Zacharek, former A.V. Club editor Keith Phipps, Grantland's Wesley Morris, and Slate's own Dana Stevens. The new Movie Club kicks off with a intro from Stevens, who first dismisses the notion of trends or themes from a year in film (like, say, feeling like there was something in the air about the fear of travel) before finding her own potential connective tissue between many of 2012's most important movies:

'Argo' Takes Best Picture from the Online Film Critics Society

  • By Matt Singer
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  • January 7, 2013 11:24 AM
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It also won Best Adapted Screenplay.

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