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Berlinale 60 Day Six: Welcome to the Rileys, Besouro, Bal, Please Give

Berlinale 60 Day Six: Welcome to the Rileys, Besouro, Bal, Please Give
Our Berlin correspondent Meredith Brody finds she has to pick and choose: and live with the results.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • February 18, 2010 8:18 AM
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What the Flick?! Online Video Talk Show Goes Live February 19

What the Flick?! Online Video Talk Show Goes Live February 19
I was as unhappy as anyone with the last iteration of At the Movies--the disastrous match-up of celeb-hugger Ben Lyons and Hollywood scion Ben Mankiewicz. But the latter, at least, had some potential as a professional cinephile, if not a serious film critic (I am blissfully happy with the current hosts, evenly-matched alpha males Michael Phillips and Tony Scott).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 18, 2010 12:22 AM
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Esquire Profiles Roger Ebert

Esquire Profiles Roger Ebert
Post-cancer surgery, jawless Chicago film critic Roger Ebert has found his voice: on-line. He's movingly profiled by Chris Jones in Esquire. The irony is that even though Ebert's not on Disney/ABC's At the Movies anymore, he is still the most powerful critic in America. Yes, his reviews are published in old-media newspaper The Chicago Sun-Times and syndicated around the country, but Ebert also tirelessly blogs and tweets. He's the new model film critic, and all others should take notice.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2010 9:13 AM
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Berlinale 60 Day Five: Greenberg, Le Cinema en Partage, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Michel Ciment

Weary foreign correspondent Meredith Brody only saw three films and a museum exhibit in far-flung locations for her fifth Berlinale report. Simply shocking.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • February 17, 2010 8:18 AM
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Berlinale 60 Day Four: La Bocca del Lupo, Once a Gangster, I Am Love, In the Food for Love

In her fourth posting from the Berlin Film Festival, foreign correspondent Meredith Brody reveals her other profession: food critic.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • February 16, 2010 5:39 AM
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Daily Read: Shutter Island Reaction, Tarantino Goes West, Smith Fights Southwest

Daily Read: Shutter Island Reaction, Tarantino Goes West, Smith Fights Southwest
In case some of these stories got past you, Amy Dawes rounds up the day's industry news: While confessing to some fatigue at its length, Screen's Tim Grierson generally raves about the pulpy thrills of Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, which premiered out of competition Saturday at the Berlin film festival and opens Feb. 19 stateside. But New York Magazine's David Edelstein calls it a long slog, and Emanuel Levy finds it similarly overwrought. In case you've somehow avoided it, here's the trailer.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • February 16, 2010 2:33 AM
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Berlinale 60 Day Three: Spur der Baren (Trace of the Bears), New York Memories, Waste Land, Howl

Meredith Brody files Berlin Day Three:
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • February 15, 2010 5:42 AM
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Berlinale 60 Day One: Apart Together, Backless Zellweger

Berlinale 60 Day One: Apart Together, Backless Zellweger
Intrepid San Francisco film and food writer Meredith Brody will be filing daily reports from the Berlin International Film Festival (as will indieWIRE, which picks 20 films to watch). Here's diary number one:
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • February 13, 2010 12:52 AM
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Rick Baker is Star of Disappointing The Wolfman

Rick Baker is Star of Disappointing The Wolfman
You may think that Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving and Emily Blunt star in Universal's long-delayed reboot of the classic monster tale The Wolfman. While they all deliver enjoyable performances, del Toro is hopelessly miscast as Brit noble Hopkins' returned "prodigal son," who was sent away to be raised by an aunt in America. Del Toro looks uncomfortable in 19th century tweeds as he chases corseted beauty Blunt. If the guy can't pull off a British accent, then don't cast him. The star of the monster movie which opens Friday is make-up effects master Rick Baker. The movie is over-labored and may not make back its budget (it should open in the number two spot behind Valentine's Day) but the R-for-violence wolfman transformations and action scenes are superb. UPDATE: Reviews are not good. Tomatometer: 35%, Metascore: 44.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 10, 2010 10:04 AM
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Charlie Rose Oscar Panel: Scott, Insdorf, Zacharek, Stevens

Charlie Rose Oscar Panel: Scott, Insdorf, Zacharek, Stevens
It was great to see some new faces on Charlie Rose Tuesday night analyzing the Oscar nominations. Along with usual suspect A.O. Scott (critic for the NYT and At the Movies), Rose interviewed perky Columbia prof Annette Insdorf and two on-line critics, Louise Brooks-lookalike Dana Stevens (Slate) and Salon's red-maned Stephanie Zacharek.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2010 6:12 AM
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