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Boston Critics Go for The Hurt Locker, Renner, Streep

Boston Critics Go for The Hurt Locker, Renner, Streep
Sunday is a big day for critics voting. We expect the Los Angeles Film Critics, AFI, and New York Film Critics Online, which is awarding most of their prizes so far to Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, to announce their winners today.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2009 8:18 AM
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Avatar Early Reviews: Geni is Out of the Bottle

Avatar Early Reviews: Geni is Out of the Bottle
While Fox tried to cap the reviews on Avatar with an embargo, London's Guardian reviewed from the premiere (where MTV's Josh Horowitz tweeted the red carpet) and The Hollywood Reporter posted an early review, then Variety. (The rest will follow: the Avatar embargo has been lifted by Fox.) Tweets have been ongoing since the screenings began on the East Coast. On my Twitterfeed at least, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Holding the embargo on this one was a fantasy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 11, 2009 12:03 AM
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Year End Wraps: Ten Best of 2009 and Decade

Without having seen Avatar, I've posted my ten best of the year and the decade.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2009 11:40 AM
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Critics Watch: Paying for Opinions

Critics Watch: Paying for Opinions
It's not news that film critics are under assault as print publishing struggles to survive. (Here's Sean Means' updated list of 60 "departed" critics since January 2006.) When faced with the harsh reality of future prospects, heavy workload or the low wages of freelance journalism, some are getting out of the profession altogether.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 9, 2009 5:22 AM
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Washington D.C. Film Critics Go For Up in the Air, Clooney, and Mulligan

Washington D.C. Film Critics Go For Up in the Air, Clooney, and Mulligan
Yes, we are starting to see a pattern. George Clooney and Carey Mulligan notched more wins today as the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics announced their annual awards. So did Mo'Nique and Christoph Waltz, while Kathryn Bigelow won best director.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 8, 2009 7:18 AM
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Reel Geezers Join IndieWIRE

Reel Geezers Join IndieWIRE
As IndieWIRE builds up its critics pages (CriticWIRE), two veteran critics are joining the IW Blog Network: Reel Geezers Marcia Nasatir and Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 25, 2009 12:14 AM
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Scott Foundas Joins Film Society as Associate Programmer

Scott Foundas Joins Film Society as Associate Programmer
As I suspected, LA Weekly and Village Voice Media film critic Scott Foundas has accepted the offer of associate film programmer at The Film Society of Lincoln Center.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 11, 2009 10:31 AM
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Sheffield Docs: How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, Disco and Atomic War

Sheffield Docs: How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin, Disco and Atomic War
Critic Karina Longworth posts again from Sheffield Doc/Fest on two features and a short dealing with the impact of Western pop culture on the fall of the USSR.
  • By Karina Longworth
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  • November 9, 2009 5:44 AM
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David Ansen Named Artistic Director of Los Angeles Film Festival

David Ansen Named Artistic Director of Los Angeles Film Festival
When Rebecca Yeldham came in to run the Los Angeles Film Festival this year, programming director Rachel Rosen played out her last fest and then moved back to her old stomping grounds, the San Francisco Film Festival. Now Yeldham announces that Newsweek critic David Ansen is joining the LAFF as artistic director. Since he accepted a Newsweek buyout last March, Ansen has been delivering the slimmed-down magazine a reduced number of reviews and features a year. Who better than a critic to make the final picks on the LAFF?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2009 5:21 AM
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Where the Wild Things Are: Early Reviews

Where the Wild Things Are: Early Reviews
Well, the reviews are rolling in on Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers' adaptation of the Maurice Sendak children's classic Where the Wild Things Are (which opens Friday), and according to the 37 assessed by Rotten Tomatoes so far, they are mixed, at 68%. David Denby's New Yorker review shares my view that the beginning of the film is brilliant and the interactions on the island with the wild things are talky and unsatisfying. Denby says kids will come out of the movie wondering why the animals are so sad.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 14, 2009 10:23 AM
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