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Tell No One Tops 2008 Foreign Imports at U.S. Box Office

Guillaume Canet's unexpected French hit Tell No One, a twisty thriller that was overlooked by bigger stateside distribs and released by upstart Music Box Films, has now grossed over $6.2 million in the US, which makes it the highest-grossing foreign-language film of the year so far.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 17, 2008 5:43 AM
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Oscar Watch: Doubt Reviews

Let the fur fly. In the first review of Doubt, Todd McCarthy is casting seeds of doubt on Meryl Streep's performance.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 6, 2008 5:27 AM
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Frost/Nixon's Sheen: Character Chameleon

It's an honorable profession, charactor actor. No shame in it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2008 5:24 AM
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Oscar Watch: Milk Scores

Milk is far better than I was expecting it to be, even after reading Todd McCarthy's positive review. It had been described to me as small, political, an acting vehicle for Sean Penn. It's far more than that.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2008 5:21 AM
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Twilight Watch: Let the Right Vampire In

True confession. I am into vampires.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 3, 2008 4:49 AM
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Eastwood's Changeling: Manna for Adults

I saw Changeling for the second time Thursday night. It's as good as I remember it from last May at Cannes. And it's just the kind of movie that Academy members will appreciate--it played well at the Academy premiere.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2008 4:45 AM
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Quantum of Solace vs. Casino Royale

When I talked to director Marc Forster on Monday morning, he admitted that trying to top Martin Campbell's Casino Royale was the thing that gave him the most pause. But he plowed ahead and delivered a Bond that is long on action and short on sex and dialogue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2008 4:44 AM
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Quantum of Solace: Smart Bond

I confess that I had a great time at Quantum of Solace last night. Sure it's glitzy and glam and jammed with heart-stopping violent action. But it's also arty and elegant and beautiful. One of the main sequences is a lyrical homage to Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, set during a performance of Tosca.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 20, 2008 4:29 AM
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Cameron talks Avatar on CBC

"It's going to be interesting," Cameron said on CBC's The Hour back in October 2008. The director is talking about "Avatar," a movie that has already eaten up two years of his life, and has one more to go. "We finished with the actors," he says. "We're in CG hell. We're trying to create a world from scratch. It's like trench warfare. We're working with computer-generated characters that are photo-realistic. That's tough. We set the bar high. We're just now getting confidence that it's going to work."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2008 11:08 AM
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Thank Heaven for Movie Musicals like Gigi

Speaking of escapist musicals, 1000 folks crammed into the Academy Theater on Friday night to escape the financial crisis and fall happily into the giddy world of the 1958 Arthur Freed/Vincente Minnelli musical Gigi, which swept all nine of its Oscar nominations. It's the film's Golden anniversary, and star Leslie Caron flew in from France to be quizzed by critic Stephen Farber. Warners supplied a gorgeous digital restoration. Both Minnelli's Gigi and 1951's An American in Paris are coming out in special two-disc editions.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2008 12:52 PM
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