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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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Weekend Movie Guide: A Serious Man is Must-See

Weekend Movie Guide: A Serious Man is Must-See
Cinephile Must-SeesA Serious Man Tomatometer 86% Metascore 74This dark Jewish comedy was the best movie I saw in Toronto; top-notch Coens.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2009 4:46 AM
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Barrymore's Whip It Delivers

Barrymore's Whip It Delivers
Reelz Channel host Leonard Maltin reviews Drew Barrymore's Whip It this week.
  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • October 2, 2009 10:28 AM
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Reviews: Surrogates, Capitalism: A Love Story, Coco Before Chanel

Reviews: Surrogates, Capitalism: A Love Story, Coco Before Chanel
Leonard Maltin reviews three new movies opening this week:
  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • September 25, 2009 4:02 AM
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Rotten Tomatoes Lists the Worst of the Worst

Rotten Tomatoes has collected their reviews and collated the worst-of-the-worst films of the 21st century. Whiteout---how many of Joel Silver's films are on this list, I wonder?---ranks at number 100. What's number one? Check out the lowest Tomatometers of the decade. All of the films on this year's list scored below an 8% Tomatometer score; the top 14 all have 0%. Twelve Oscar-winners starred in a "worst" film: Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro star in two. The comedy genre outpaces any other on the list, with 35. 2002 was the worst year of the decade, with 16 worst movies. Carmen Electra starred in more worst films, six, than any one else.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 25, 2009 2:21 AM
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New York Film Critics Circle Sets Award Dates

The New York Film Critics Circle will hold their annual vote on 2009's best films on Monday, December 14th. Historically, the best films often forecast Oscar nominations, but the NYFCC prides itself on picking winners that the Oscars overlook. Recent best picture winners include Milk, No Country for Old Men, United 93, and Brokeback Mountain. The group is comprised of 31 New York area critics. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association usually announce their votes before New York, so they will probably convene on December 13. Gold Derby has posted a helpful Awards Calendar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2009 11:40 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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TIFF#: A Single Man Ignites Fest's First Big Sale

TIFF#: A Single Man Ignites Fest's First Big Sale
I was lining up to see designer Tom Ford's first feature A Single Man this morning as the deal was closing for The Weinstein Co. to release the picture. This acquisition title has generated more heat than anything else so far. (Critical buzz is also strong on Get Low, but buyers seem to be holding back on the Robert Duvall picture.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 15, 2009 7:36 AM
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Toronto Day Two: The Coens Deliver with A Serious Man

Joel and Ethan Coen's Latest, A Serious Man, is a portrait of a period (1967) and place (Minnesota) and milieu (Jewish) that the brothers know very well. They cast it with excellent actors; Richard Kind as pathetic Uncle Arthur and Adam Arkin as a well-heeled lawyer are probably the only recognizable names. The writer-directors start the movie off in a wintry shtetl, evoking the dread spirit the dybbuk hovering over an uneasy marriage. This movie is utterly assured, personal, serious, sad and very funny.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 11, 2009 9:51 AM
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Toronto Day One: Creation, The Informant!, Jennifer's Body

Toronto Day One: Creation, The Informant!, Jennifer's Body
The reason why film festivals pick movies like Creation for opening night is that they have all the right credentials: respected producer (Jeremy Thomas) and director (Jon Amiel) and two major stars (Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly) willing to show up for the gala TIFF screenings and party. But Creation was DOA tonight.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 11, 2009 1:38 AM
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