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African-American Film Critics Award Winners

African-American Film Critics Award Winners

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(thanks Paul8148) Picture: Tree of Life 2. Drive 3. Pariah 4. Rampart 5. Shame 6. Moneyball 7. The Descendants 8. A Better Life 9. My Week With Marylin 10. The Help Best Director: Steve McQueen (Shame)

LA Film Critics Awards The Descendants Best Picture of the Year

LA Film Critics Awards The Descendants Best Picture of the Year

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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: Michael Shannon, “Take Shelter.” BEST ACTRESS, Winner: Yun Jung-hee, “Poetry.” Runner-Up: Kirsten Dunst, “Melancholia.” BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, Winner: Jessica Chastain, “Coriolanus,” “The Debt,” “The Help,” “Take Shelter,” “Texas Killing Fields,” “Tree of…

Houston Film Critics Society Nominees

Houston Film Critics Society Nominees

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(Thanks to Dustin Chase) Best Picture 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 Win Win, Fox Searchlight

Tree of Life tops Sight & Sound 2011 Critics’ Poll

Tree of Life tops Sight & Sound 2011 Critics’ Poll

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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 von Trier)…

Tree of Life tops Sight & Sound 2011 Critics' Poll

Tree of Life tops Sight & Sound 2011 Critics' Poll

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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 von Trier)…

More raves sweep ashore for The Descendants

More raves sweep ashore for The Descendants

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(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 by a dazzlingly gifted, doggedly disciplined cast — nimbly sidesteps…

More raves sweep ashore for The Descendants

More raves sweep ashore for The Descendants

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(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 by a dazzlingly gifted, doggedly disciplined cast — nimbly sidesteps…

Ides of March gets boost from Entertainment Weekly

Ides of March gets boost from Entertainment Weekly

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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 a scene and let it bubble…

Top-ranked films of 2011: box-office & critics chart

Top-ranked films of 2011: box-office & critics chart

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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.

Moneyball racks up perfect scores on Metacritic

Moneyball racks up perfect scores on Metacritic

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[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 Deathly Hallows…