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Village Voice Lays Off Film Critic Jim Hoberman

As inured as we are to the ongoing crisis in newspaper publishing that leads to the seemingly inevitable layoffs of our best veteran film critics, I am upset that Village Voice Media, which has been shedding employees steadily for the past few years, has finally let go of Jim Hoberman.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2012 6:52 PM
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Now and Then: Why The Descendants Should Win Best Picture

"The Descendants" starts slow, muddied by voiceover and unclear intentions. But it soon sneaks up on you, deepening — ripening, really — until it achieves something approaching wisdom.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • December 30, 2011 2:55 PM
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Empire Polls Actors' 2011 Faves with Surprising Results

I love the choices made by a gaggle of actors polled by Empire Magazine for their fave films of 2011.  "Jane Eyre" and "Take Shelter" were on my ten best list, and 'Attack the Block" made my top 20.  Here's a sample of some must-see, often offbeat films. I will have to check out "The Adopted."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 30, 2011 11:12 AM
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Will The Iron Lady's Nasty Reviews Hurt Meryl Streep at the Oscars?

Well, these are not the reviews Harvey Weinstein had in mind when he backed "The Iron Lady." So far the movie is scoring 64% on Rotten Tomatoes. Stateside critics are praising Meryl Streep's impeccable portrait of a much-revered and reviled British leader, while many question Phyllida Lloyd's direction as one-sided and overly revisionist.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • December 29, 2011 2:47 PM
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  • 29 Comments

Now and Then: Two Docs Test the Limits of What We Know About Those We Love

On July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler left the New York campground where she was vacationing and began her trip home to Long Island with her two children and three nieces in tow.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • December 26, 2011 2:22 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Trailers, Interviews, Festival Updates, Oscar Watch, and a 2011 Trailer Mashup

Weekly Wrap: Trailers for "Prometheus" and "Dark Knight Rising," Reviews of Late December Releases, Festival Updates, Oscar Watch and updates on projects in the works.
  • By TOH!
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  • December 24, 2011 7:49 PM
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'Tree of Life,' 'A Separation' Lead Village Voice Poll, 'Margaret' Lands Three Wins

"The Tree of Life" has won yet another victory, topping the annual Village Voice critics poll and winning best director for Terrence Malick. The film was followed by Iranian Oscar submission "A Separation"; Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" came in third.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2011 2:02 PM
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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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