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Ten Best Lists: Film Comment Top 50 Crowns 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' Lists from Variety, Slant and More UPDATED

UPDATE: 'Tis the season to list one's Top Ten Films. We've got lists from Film Comment, Slant, Variety, NYT, The New Yorker and filmmakers John Waters and Pedro Almodovar, with more to come.
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  • December 16, 2013 5:14 PM
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Critics Choice Movie Awards: '12 Years a Slave' and 'American Hustle' Tally 13 Nominations, Bullock Grabs Three, Lawrence Two, Johansson and Larson, One

Last year "Argo" began its drumbeat of wins from the Critics Choice Movie Awards, which are often a bellwether for the Oscars. "I want to thank the Academy," quipped Ben Affleck as he accepted his prize on the evening he was snubbed by the Academy director's branch. This year's Critics' Choice nominees are led by critics' faves “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle,” with thirteen nominations each.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2013 11:47 AM
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Why Paul Schrader May Not Open His Oscar Ballot This Year

Paul Schrader: "I find this escalating media chatter regarding film society awards, Oscar handicapping and promotional gimmicks increasingly tiresome. This year I declined to submit a selection to Film Comment's year's best list. I stopped voting for DGA and WGA awards last year and for the first time since 1976, when I was privileged to be accepted into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, I may leave my Oscar ballot unopened."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2013 4:18 PM
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Los Angeles Film Critics Go for 'Her,' James Franco, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o and More (FULL LIST OF WINNERS)

Here are the full lists of winners from Sunday's critics awards (LA, NY Online and Boston) and the British Independent Film Awards.
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  • December 8, 2013 5:32 PM
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Stream This: Five Films Critics and Audiences Should Pay Attention to This Awards Season

Here are five films now streaming that critics and audiences should take a second look at as awards season gets underway.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 3, 2013 7:25 PM
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IS TV THE NEW CINEMA? From 'Scandal' to 'House of Cards,' Pundits Continue the Debate

There was an odd discussion on a recent Charlie Rose show, seemingly about TV as an art form, although technology and business models took up too much air time. These were the subjects the men on the panel (David Carr, Terence Winter, Josh Sapan, Rose himself) seemed most comfortable talking about. New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum was the only participant who stayed on topic.
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  • December 3, 2013 3:48 PM
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L.A. Press Club's Luminary Career Achievement Award Goes to LA Times Film Critic Kenneth Turan

One sign of maturity and respect is winning awards. L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan is getting the Los Angeles Press Club’s Luminary Award for Career Achievement.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 25, 2013 3:27 PM
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Critic Dave Kehr Lands Adjunct Film Curator Role at Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art chief film curator Rajendra Roy has made a superb addition to his museum staff. Dave Kehr is the museum's new Adjunct Curator in the Department of Film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 21, 2013 6:16 PM
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New York Film Critics Circle Sets Awards Vote Before National Board of Review

The tony New York Film Critics Circle has set its annual awards voting for Tuesday, December 3, 2013; they'll announce the time and place for their annual awards ceremony later on. The NYFCC awards are seen as predictive of the Oscar nominations. Last year the NYFCC went heavily for "Zero Dark Thirty," as well as eventual Oscar winners Daniel Day Lewis ("Lincoln") and foreign film "Amour."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2013 1:26 PM
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David Thomson Recalls Fun 'Moments That Made the Movies'

The New Republic critic David Thomson has written more than 20 movie books, among them must-owns such as "The New Biographical Dictionary of Film" and "'Have You Seen...?': A Personal Introduction to 1000 Films." The Brit transplant's long experience with writing accessible, entertaining, idiosyncratic, erudite and enlightening movie books led him to the most delightful one of all: "Moments that Made the Movies." Trust me. This is a keeper.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 14, 2013 6:39 AM
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