Picture: Tree of Life
7. The Descendants
8. A Better Life
9. My Week With Marylin
10. The Help
Best Director: Steve McQueen (Shame)
BEST PICTURE, Winner: “The Descendants.” Runner-Up: “The Tree of Life.”
BEST DIRECTOR, Winner: Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life.” Runner-Up: Martin Scorsese, “Hugo.”
BEST ACTOR, Winner: Michael Fassbender, “A Dangerous Method,” “Jane Eyre,” “Shame,” “X-Men: First Class.” Runner-Up:...
(Thanks to Dustin Chase)
Drive, Film District
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Warner Bros.
Midnight in Paris, Sony Pictures Classics
Take Shelter, Sony Pictures Classics
The Artist, The Weinstein Company
The Descendants, Fox Searchlight
The Help, Dreamworks & Touchstone
The Tree of Life, Fox Searchlight
War Horse, Dreamworks & Disney
In a few days Sight & Sound will announce online the full results of its annual critics’ poll, but the poll issue is on news stands this week so we already know the top 11 films thanks to Guy Lodge at In Contention
1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
2. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
3. The Kid With a Bike (Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne)
4. Melancholia (Lars...
(new TV spot in advance of tomorrow’s premiere in NY and LA)
Already standing in strong position with the critics, The Descendants stock rises with raves today from A.O. Scott, Glenn Kenny, Betsy Sharkey and the rare 4-star review from Peter Travers. [Travers' review now UPDATED with expanded excerpt]
The New York Times, A.O. Scott:
Mr. Payne — immeasurably aided...
Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman says The Ides of March is George Clooney’s best film yet as director:
Actors who become directors tend to focus on performance at the expense of everything else. Clooney certainly brings out the best in his actors, but his driving trait as a filmmaker is that he knows what plays — he has an uncanny sense of how to uncork...
Ziyad Abul Hawa has done another spectacular job crunching the numbers to rank the year’s top movies up through the final weeks of summer.
[Update: 7 scores of 100. 89 overall average.]
For those of you keeping score at home (you know who you are) Moneyball has so far collected 4 perfect scores of 100 on Metacritic, and only one naysayer (Slate) giving it anything less than a 70.
That’s 20 green lights and dim one yellow note of caution. With a current average of 86, this puts Moneyball one point below...