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Sundance Watch: Redford vs. Gilmore, Howl, Restrepo

Sundance Watch: Redford vs. Gilmore, Howl, Restrepo
Sundance started slushy on Thursday, but by nightfall, the mayor of Park City was thanking the festival for bringing snow. "With this fest, you'll see that new things are going on here," said Robert Redford before the debut of Howl. "I believe we are getting back to our roots." He promised more experimentation. "You'll see that evidenced tonight in this film," he said, recalling seeing Allen Ginsberg read at the City Lights Bookstore, even before "Howl."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 22, 2010 5:19 AM
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Flixster Acquires Rotten Tomatoes, Creating Movie Site Combine

Well, somebody is betting on the future of movie criticism.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2010 7:36 AM
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Best Reviewed Movies of Decade: Pan's Labyrinth, Man on Wire

Best Reviewed Movies of Decade: Pan's Labyrinth, Man on Wire
The best-reviewed movies of the decade on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes are Pan's Labyrinth and Man on Wire, respectively.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 2, 2010 8:26 AM
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Holiday Movie Watching: Aamir Khan's 3 Idiots Hits Big

Holiday Movie Watching: Aamir Khan's 3 Idiots Hits Big
Like everybody else, I've been catching up on movies over the holidays. By far the most fun movie was the big-budget Bollywood comedy 3 Idiots, starring 44-year-old Aamir Khan as a geeky engineering student.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 30, 2009 9:30 AM
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Sherlock Holmes vs. Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Sherlock Holmes vs. Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
One is slick, the other isn't.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 30, 2009 12:57 AM
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John Waters' Ten Best List of 2009

When John Waters submitted his Guilty Pleasures list to Film Comment, he included movies like Woody Allen's Interiors and Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries. So it's not entirely surprising that his 2009 Ten Best list, published in Art Forum, includes Lars von Trier's Antichrist and Pedro Almodovar's Broken Embraces. Waters knows what he likes. Here's his top five:1 Import Export (Ulrich Seidl) The most sorrowful movie of the year is also the best. The miserable lives of Ukrainian immigrants in Vienna make this agonizing but brilliantly directed opus the cinematic equivalent of slitting your wrists. A new genre? Depression porn? Hey, I got off.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 27, 2009 8:01 AM
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LA Weekly Hires NY's Karina Longworth as Film Critic

LA Weekly editor Drex Heikes didn't waste any time choosing a replacement for Scott Foundas, who is repairing to NYC to take over Kent Jones' spot as programmer at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and New York Film Festival. Karina Longworth, grad of NYU, Cinematical, Netscape and Spoutblog, has landed the gig, which is a powerful national Voice Media podium. Congrats. She will do a great job and I look forward to her criticism. Yes, the avocation is alive and well--if under severe duress.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 24, 2009 9:33 AM
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Things I Learned at the Avatar Premiere

Things I Learned at the Avatar Premiere
James Cameron basked in the glow as Avatar, his latest industry-changing event-film, earned a standing ovation at the Mann Chinese Wednesday night. At the after party Cameron beamed as he stood between two tall women, wife Suzy Amis and ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow. "You're on a roll!" he said to the Hurt Locker director. "You raised the bar," she said to Cameron.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 17, 2009 4:49 AM
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Sherlock Holmes: Early Reviews

Sherlock Holmes: Early Reviews
Yet again, a London premiere sparked early London reviews of a big movie, which in turn released the trades and others to post their reviews. While Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr. as the pipe-smoking detective and Jude Law as his sidekick Dr. Watson, won't open stateside until December 25, as of Tuesday, Rotten Tomatoes was counting six reviews at 83%.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2009 12:30 AM
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Leonard Maltin Joins IndieWIRE

Critic/historian/ author and Reelz Channel host Leonard Maltin's new IndieWIRE blog is finally up. He's posting classic and current reviews, as well as video from such interviews as this one on E.T. with Invictus director Clint Eastwood:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 15, 2009 12:16 AM
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