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Must-See Winter's Bone: Granik Digs Deep with Breakout Lawrence

Must-See Winter's Bone: Granik Digs Deep with Breakout Lawrence
Indie filmmaker Debra Granik did it once with the 2004 low-budget drama Down to the Bone, which showed what Vera Farmiga could do (she won best actress from the LA Film Critics). This January at Sundance, the director did it again, showcasing Jennifer Lawrence in a star-making role as a smart young teen fighting to save her family from falling off the edge in hard-bitten Ozark country. (The film won both the screenwriting and dramatic grand jury prize.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2010 6:48 AM
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Weekend Preview: Pattinson vs. Damon in Melodramatic Remember Me and Political Green Zone

Weekend Preview: Pattinson vs. Damon in Melodramatic Remember Me and Political Green Zone
Heading into its second weekend, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland will continue to score big numbers. According to Flixster, the Tim Burton fantasy (which has a Tomatoscore of 52%) is pacing about five times ahead of this week’s new releases. That's not hard, because none of the newcomers are crossing over from their target demo. (Trailers are on the jump.) UPDATE: Box office watchers can now place bets on their predictions.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2010 2:21 AM
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Berlinale 60 Day Nine: En Familie, The Killer Inside Me, Rock Hudson, Making the Boys

Berlinale 60 Day Nine: En Familie, The Killer Inside Me, Rock Hudson, Making the Boys
Our Berlin correspondent Meredith Brody experiences highs and lows as the festival winds down, from the skillfully-made documentary Making the Boys to the huge yet hugely disappointing Nine:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 23, 2010 8:13 AM
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#Sundance: Gosling, Cianfrance Talk Blue Valentine

#Sundance: Gosling, Cianfrance Talk Blue Valentine
One of the hits of Sundance 2010, Blue Valentine will sell, eventually, and be seen around the country. It features two of the best performances of the year, from Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a couple who are no longer in a working marriage. Writer-director Derek Cianfrance seamlessly weaves together footage of their initial romance and the two teetering on the edge of breaking up. (Here's Karina Longworth's review. )
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 28, 2010 2:48 AM
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Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh Talk The Lovely Bones

Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh Talk The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones presented a fascinating challenge for a movie adaptation of a book. But finally, the realities of commercial filmmaking may have been unmanageable in this case---much as they were with John Hillcoat's film version of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. What works on the page and in our imagination, no matter how harsh, can be too much to handle on the screen.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 14, 2009 11:06 AM
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Hillcoat Talks The Road

Hillcoat Talks The Road
It's been a long haul for the film adaptation of the 2006 Cormac McCarthy bestseller The Road, which producer Nick Wechsler acquired before it was published. With backing from 2929 Entertainment and distributor The Weinstein Co., he approached Australian director John Hillcoat after he had made the much-admired 2005 western The Proposition, a stylishly gritty take on the genre written by Nick Cave and starring Guy Pearce and Danny Huston as estranged brothers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 19, 2009 9:23 AM
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Oscar Watch: Precious Star Mo'Nique Plays Hard to Get

Oscar Watch: Precious Star Mo'Nique Plays Hard to Get
Can a film win an Oscar without an all-out campaign? Three movies face an uncertain Oscar future because they may not deliver a full-court press.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 27, 2009 10:01 AM
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#LFF: Precious Scores in London, Chicago

#LFF: Precious Scores in London, Chicago
Anyone wondering about a Precious backlash need only sit through the movie with an audience. The movie plays, people. It won the audience prize at the Chicago Film Fest, and scored at its London Film Fest gala as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2009 10:58 AM
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Denmark Submits Terribly Happy; Remake in Works

It's that time of year when one after the other, countries around the world submit their best choice for Oscar contention in the foreign film category. Only five will be nominated. (Last year 67 films were entered.) The latest submission comes from Denmark, which has chosen Henrik Rubin Genz's droll cop film noir Terribly Happy (Frytgtelig lykkelig). The international hit won six Bodil Awards out of seven nominations. Oscilloscope will release the film in North America.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 24, 2009 6:49 AM
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TIFF#: The Boys Are Back's Owen Goes Family

TIFF#: The Boys Are Back's Owen Goes Family
Everyone goes into Toronto with a schedule of films to watch. And that list changes with buzz. Some movies fall off due to bad WOM, while others become must-sees. IndieWIRE's in-progress critics' poll of 34 films is indicative of the movies that everyone went to see-- and the ones that nobody did.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2009 2:23 AM
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