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MTV Names 'The Dark Knight Rises' The Best Film Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2012 9:44 AM
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Okay, we've had the lists from the high brow movie magazines, the exclusive critics groups, various newspapers and magazines, but what about one from somewhere that has a bit of pulse on what the folks are actually seeing at the multiplex? Well, MTV has dropped their top ten movies of the year, and while some may balk at the populist list, we gotta give them credit for highlighting a couple of overlooked movies.

Washington Says She's A Killer: Intense New Trailer For 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2012 12:17 AM
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Taking the New York Film Critics Circle, The National Board Of Review, and appearing on (mostly at the top of) countless best of the year lists, Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" is an Oscar player, that much can be sure. But will audiences be ready to hand over $12 for a dramatic retelling of the search, hunt, and killing of Osama Bin Laden? If early reviews are anything to by, yes indeed.

Oscars: Where Do The Best Picture Contenders Stand After The SAG & Golden Globe Nominations?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 13, 2012 2:24 PM
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It's the end of a busy-ass awards week, and a pretty crucial one as far as the Oscar season goes. Within the space of a few days, we've had the LA Film Critics Circle announcements, the Critics Choice Award nods, the SAG nominations and, this morning, the Golden Globe nominees being revealed.

Time Magazine Names Michael Haneke's 'Amour' The Best Film Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2012 4:35 PM
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While "Zero Dark Thirty" seems to be the movie to beat at the moment, another picture is slowly gaining momentum. The punishing yet beautiful "Amour" is not only poised to be a major player in the Foreign Language category at the Oscars, but many think it could sneak into the Best Picture race as well. And indeed, Time magazine seems to be in love in with it.

Exclusive: First Listen To Alexandre Desplat's Score For 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 10, 2012 12:03 PM
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If there's one movie that seemingly everyone is talking about, it's "Zero Dark Thirty." "Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow's harrowing account of the ten-year chase for Osama Bin Laden. The film is quickly accumulating a number of significant critics' prizes, topping many year-end lists and generating a deafening amount of Oscar buzz. One of the unsung heroes of "Zero Dark Thirty," though, is composer Alexandre Desplat, who creates the richly moody score for the film, which really comes into play during the movie's last act, swirling during the raid on Bin Laden's compound like some low-lying fog. And today, we are thrilled to give the first listen to this unique and atmospheric score.

'Amour' & 'The Master' Top Winners At LA Film Critics Awards, 'Zero Dark Thirty' Takes Victory In Boston

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 9, 2012 6:59 PM
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"Zero Dark Thirty" might have cleaned up at many of the critics' awards so far (and continued to dominate year-end awards and lists over the weekend for the most part), but it's not been allowed to have a total sweep of the groups, thanks to the Los Angeles Film Critics. The LAFCAs were given out today (in fact, they're still going on, into hour six...), and the West Coast writers elected to give their top prize to Michael Haneke's "Amour."

'Zero Dark Thirty' Continues Critical Stampede Topping Peter Travers, David Edelstein & Huffington Post Best Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 7, 2012 11:03 AM
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With each passing day, it's looking more and more like Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" is going to be the one to beat this awards season. As we cautioned earlier this week, this trajectory right now reminds us of David Fincher's "The Social Network," which got all kinds of critical and industry love, only to lose out to Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" in the end. Granted, "Les Miserables" is no longer looking like a slam dunk with early reviews decidedly mixed (read ours here) but all this to say, there is still a lot the game to be played.

Oscars: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Isn't The Frontrunner Yet & More Observations After The NYFCC & NBR Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 6, 2012 9:59 AM
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Are you a fan of hearing that people have won things? Then you're in luck, because between now and the end of February, you'll struggle to go 24 hours without some kind of awards news. After the Gothams and the Independent Spirit nominations last week, the first major salvos of the awards season were fired this week, with the New York Film Critics' Circle giving out their prizes on Monday, and the National Board of Review awarding theirs yesterday.

Watch: Kathryn Bigelow & Jessica Chastain Talk To CNN About NBR Winning 'Zero Dark Thirty' Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 5, 2012 3:57 PM
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It has been a very good week for "Zero Dark Thirty." The film has now pushed itself to the front of the Oscar conversation by taking three prizes from the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday and another three from the National Board Of Review today, with director Kathryn Bigelow and actress Jessica Chastain looking like the ones to beat (at the moment). While many critics and industry types have already seen the film, the rest of us have to wait, so here's a few more peeks to tide you over.

'Zero Dark Thirty' Wins Best Picture, Director & Actress From National Board Of Review, Leonardo DiCaprio Takes Supporting Actor

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 5, 2012 2:34 PM
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Awards season continues on apace, and if things keep on the way things have been going this week, Kathryn Bigelow may need to enlarge her trophy cabinet. Her follow-up to the awards-laden "The Hurt Locker," Bin Laden-hunt picture "Zero Dark Thirty" hasn't even opened in theaters yet, but it already won the Best Film (along with Director and Cinematography) prize from the New York Film Critics' Circle on Monday, and now the National Board of Review (the somewhat nebulous organization who traditionally kicked off awards season, before the NYFCC moved their dates up last year) have followed suit.

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