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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

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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USC Professor Anne Friedberg Loved Windows

It's always tough to say good-bye to a friend who dies too young. After a lingering fight against colorectal cancer, Anne Friedberg died October 9 at age 57.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2009 3:56 AM
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Weekend Must-Sees: The Damned United and An Education

Weekend Must to Avoid:Couples Retreat Tomatometer 11 % Metascore 24 The notion of Swingers Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau reuniting for a vacation on Bora Bora may seem appealing, but run as fast as you can from this turkey. Making audiences suffer through couples therapy, among other things, was a bad idea.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2009 11:22 AM
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Full Disclosure: Bloggers Break Rules

Full Disclosure: Bloggers Break Rules
James Rocchi is the contemporary model of online era film critic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 7, 2009 7:10 AM
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Jews on Film: A Serious Man and An Education; Polanski, Sellers

Jews are popping up all over. The Coens based A Serious Man, which is an affectionate yet scabrous portrait of Jewish suburban family life, on their 60s Minnesota upbringing. An Education's Nick Hornby relied on Lynn Barber's two-year old memoir and faithfully included the sleazy seducer played by Peter Sarsgaard, who is Jewish. Suffice it to say, he's a money-grubbing entrepreneur with less-than-impeccable values. Even Tim Blake Nelson includes the Jewish mafia in his midwestern comedy, Leaves of Grass, which recently played Toronto. And we must not leave out Quentin Tarantino's controversial contribution to Jewish cinema, the anti-Nazi World War II movie Inglourious Basterds, which was a sleeper summer hit. UPDATE: The NYT's A.O. Scott addresses Jewish history as interpreted by Tarantino and the Coens.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2009 5:15 AM
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