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Critics Keep Voting for Tree of Life, from Chicago to Indiewire Poll

Critics are lining up behind Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life." While critics groups don't have as much predictive impact as Guild awards like the Screen Actors Guild, they do add to to winners' patina, build credibility and consensus, and keep attention on some must-see titles.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2011 1:44 PM
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Now and Then: For Woody Allen, the Place is the Thing, from Manhattan to Midnight in Paris

When asked about Woody Allen's New York, critics often cite the glorious black-and-white Gershwin cinepoem that opens “Manhattan” (1979). I’ve always been partial, though, to the rough magic of Diane Keaton’s terrible driving in “Annie Hall” (1977). (See clips below.)
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • December 19, 2011 12:16 PM
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Early Reviews on Late-Breaking War Horse, Extremely Loud, Land of Blood and Honey

Early reviews are in on Steven Spielberg's "War Horse," Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," and Anjelina Jolie's "In the Land of Blood and Honey," three of the latest-breaking movies hitting theaters this Christmas. A sampling of reviews of all three movies are below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2011 7:30 AM
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Lawrence Kasdan's Darling Companion to Open Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Lawrence Kasdan's return to director's chair after eight years, "Darling Companion," starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline, will open the Santa Barbara Film Festival on January 26.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2011 12:27 AM
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Sherlock Holmes and Chipmunk Sequels Fail to Cure Weekend Box Office Blues

The pre-holiday box office slump continues as shoppers stayed away from multiplexes. Three well-hyped new movies entered the marketplace this weekend, as well as some high-profile expansions –  but the estimated total for all films this weekend was $116.5 million, down some 14% from the comparable frame a year ago when all films generated close to $135 million.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • December 18, 2011 1:03 PM
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Trailer Watch: "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" Stars McGregor and Blunt

The new trailer for CBS Films' Toronto pick-up "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" has landed at Yahoo Movies.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 17, 2011 8:47 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Weekend Preview, Box Office, Interviews, Awards, Reviews, In the Works

BOX OFFICE, REVIEWS, TRAILERS Weekend Preview: Star-Packed "Carnage," "Mission: Impossible," "Sherlock Holmes"; Nolan's "Dark Knight Rises" Preview Screens in IMAX; Tsui Hark's "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate" Opens on 5000 3-D Screens in China; Review and Round-Up: Fincher's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
  • By TOH!
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  • December 17, 2011 1:20 PM
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Sundance Selects Twelve Screenwriters for January Lab

The Sundance Institute has selected 12 projects for its annual January Screenwriters Lab, an intensive five-day writers’ workshop held January 13-18 at Utah's Sundance Resort. These indie screenwriters from around the world will work on their feature film scripts with support from veteran writers. Many of these films do wind up getting made and often are shown at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2011 2:48 PM
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Christopher Hitchens Obits

Controversial author and essayist Christopher Hitchens, 62, has finally lost his battle with cancer, which he documented with brio, as was his wont.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2011 2:15 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Spielberg Talks Adventures of Tintin, War Horse

Spielberg and Jackson Tout More Tintin at Weta
The moment Steven Spielberg stepped onto the motion capture stage in LA and watched James Cameron shooting "Avatar" with the virtual camera, he knew he had found the right medium for "The Adventures of Tintin."
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 16, 2011 1:44 PM
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