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Best of the Week: LA Film Fest Reviews, 'Girls' & 'Newsroom,' Plus Remembering Andrew Sarris

Thompson on Hollywood By TOH! | Thompson on Hollywood June 22, 2012 at 5:27PM

This week on TOH, we covered the heck out of the ongoing LA Film Festival, looked at the excellent Season 1 run of "Girls" while rounding up mixed reviews for the soon-to-start Season 1 of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," and culled early critics' reactions to "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." All this and more below!
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This week on TOH, we covered the heck out of the ongoing LA Film Festival, considered the excellent Season 1 run of "Girls" while rounding up mixed reviews for the soon-to-start pilot season of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom." We reviewed this weekend's opening films and and culled the critics' early reactions to "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." All this and more below!

Interviews:

Screenwriter Vanessa Taylor Talks Surviving "Game of Thrones" Writers Room and Upcoming Streep Drama "Hope Floats"

Immersed in Movies: Turbulent Behind-the-Scenes Yields Pixar's "Brave" New Scottish World

Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel Talks "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"

Features:

Weekend Preview: Must-See 'Invisible War,' 'Brave' For Gay Marriage Rights & More

Moviegoers Follows Females of a Certain Age: Dench and Smith Make Unlikely Marquee Stars

Now and Then: "Girls" Was the Season's Best New Comedy - When Did That Happen?

Festivals:

LAFF: "Middle of Nowhere" Gets Two Standing Ovations: DuVernay and Cast Talk Black Films Reaching Audiences in a Meaningful Way

LAFF Mid-Fest Report and Ursula Meier Interview for 'Sister'

Tale of Two First Time Directors: "People Like Us" and "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" Debut at LAFF

LAFF: Jonathan Demme Talks "Passion for Filming Real Life," Neil Young as "Wandering Troubador" in "Journeys"

Russia Film Lures Industryites to Screenings During Moscow Film Festival

Reviews:

The "Newsroom" Reaction: Early Reviews are Tough on Sorkin

Early Review Roundup: "The Amazing Spider-Man" Soars on Teenage Emotion, Aimed at Women?

Roundup: "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" Only Half Succeeds in Marrying American History with Stylized Vampire Pulverizing

Obits:

Pioneer Film Critic Andrew Sarris Changed How We See Movies

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.