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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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New Republic Film Critic Stanley Kauffmann Dies at 97, Critics Write Tributes

It's easy to say that it's sad news that critic Stanley Kauffmann is gone. But the man was 97 years old. We should all be so lucky to last so long--he filed his last column in August, reviewing “Our Nixon,” “Israel: A Home Movie” and “Museum Hours.” What is sad is that the older critics in Gerald Peary's 2009 documentary “For the Love of Movies” are dropping, one by one, from Roger Ebert to Andrew Sarris.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2013 4:32 PM
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New York Film Festival Picks Up Steam, Loses Outside Voices

Checking out the schedule for the 51st New York Film Festival, I'm struck by how many movies there are still to see, even if many have played other festivals, from Cannes last May to fall fests Telluride, Venice and Toronto. Under the Film Society of Lincoln Center executive director Rose Kuo, over the past three years the NYFF has not only undergone management changes, but has picked up steam and momentum as a major festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2013 4:24 PM
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To Celebrate Roman Polanski's 80th Birthday, A Retrospective

Happy birthday to Roman Polanski, who turns 80 on Sunday August 18. Published just ahead of this occasion is James Greenberg's picture-packed coffee table book "Roman Polanski: A Retrospective," which covers all of Polanski's movies as well as his career as an actor. Part of a series of glossy filmmaker retrospectives (Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg) from England's Palazzo Editions, "Roman Polanski" is published stateside by Abrams and is the only book of its kind the filmmaker has ever participated in.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2013 7:55 PM
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The Guardian's The Observer Names Mark Kermode New Film Critic as Philip French Retires

Writer and broadcaster Mark Kermode will become The Observer's new resident film critic next month. Kermode, 50, will replace critic Philip French, who is retiring at the beginning of September shortly after his 80th birthday, having written for London daily The Guardian's sister weekly Sunday newspaper for 50 years.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 17, 2013 2:55 PM
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Ophuls' 'The Earrings of Madame de...' on Blu-ray from Criterion: Before the New Wave, a New Woman (VIDEO)

More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones, Saint Teresa of Avila reputedly opined, but she never met Louise, Madame de... (Danielle Darrieux). For the vain, tragic heroine of Max Ophuls' "The Earrings of Madame de..." (1953), the price of a direct line to the heavens comes in a foreign currency. (Watch Paul Thomas Anderson's introduction to the Criterion Blu-ray, below.)
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • August 7, 2013 11:33 AM
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Is Harvey Taking His Scissors to Korean Hit 'Snowpiercer'?

So far, the reviews for dystopian thriller "Snowpiercer" are raves. But that doesn't mean that Harvey Weinstein won't tinker with the Bong Joon-ho film before releasing it to the territories he controls, which are most of the English-speaking world. Australia trade reporter Don Groves reports that Weinstein is tangling with Bong over the final cut of his post-apocalyptic thriller, which is now 126 minutes long, "demanding Bong slash the running time by 20 minutes for the version to be released in TWC’s territories."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2013 12:59 PM
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