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Another Alternative Top 10

Another Alternative Top 10

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Marshall Fine makes a list of the year‚Äôs “10-best unseen or unacknowledged films ‚Äì think of it as the downer-dozen-minus-two.” Movies he considers either under-appreciated, under-attended or both. Greenberg Somewhere The American Biutiful Winter’s Bone Blue Valentine Another Year Mother A Prophet Tiny Furniture Fine reminds us that this “is NOT a 10-best list.” Rather, it‚Äôs my list of the best movies of 2010 that you probably didn‚Äôt see, didn‚Äôt…

AP critics Lemire & Germain, 10 Best Films x2

AP critics Lemire & Germain, 10 Best Films x2

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(Thanks Marshall). The top 10 films of 2010, according to AP movie critic Christy Lemire: 1. “The Social Network” ‚Äî The movie of the year because it captures where we are in time in captivating fashion. In depicting the origin of Facebook, director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin have created an epic tale about how we tell the world the tiniest details of our lives, and they convey potentially…

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Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

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(Thanks garras) Best Picture The Social Network Runner up: Toy Story 3 Best Actor Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network Runner up: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech (by one vote) Best Actress Natalie Portman for Black Swan Runner up: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale for The Fighter Runner Up: Andrew Garfield for The Social Network Best Supporting Actress Juliette Lewis for Conviction Runner…

The Guardian UK proposes its own nominees

The Guardian UK proposes its own nominees

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As one of the first out of the gate with his Top 10 list, Peter Bradshaw at the Guardian UK is champing at the bit. So we’ll let him run ahead before he makes all the other critics skittish. He claims to have “compiled an Oscar-style nomination list” but it only takes one glance to understand he means “10 nominees” and that’s where the Oscar overlap ends. Two sentences from…

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Why Film Critics Matter, One More Time

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This opinion I hold to be true is not a popular one on the web. We live in a time when anyone with the energy, desire and wherewithal can start up a blog and write about movies. Life experience not required. A knowledge of film history helpful but not required. Of course, you’d never know how important having a film education — an education at all — and life experience…

Todd McCarthy trades up to The Hollywood Reporter

Todd McCarthy trades up to The Hollywood Reporter

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Most important resurrection for film-lovers since lost footage of Metropolis was found in an Argentinian vault. Reuters reports the happy news that veteran film critic Todd McCarthy is returning to the printed page. Unceremoniously dismissed by Variety 7 months ago in a misguided cost-cutting purge, McCarthy’s incisive writing will soon be restored to ink and paper at his former employer’s rival. After decades as a five-day-a-week publication, The Hollywood Reporter…

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The Town (not) Called Malice

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Imagine there’s no haters It isn’t hard to do… Imagine all the people Living life in peace Stop dreaming. But this week critics came closer to that mellow state of mind than we’ve seen since forever. When reviews for The Town started coming on strong a few days ago, planting Ben Affleck’s ensemble thriller firmly in the healthy green zone, I said “all it needs now are a few 100s…

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Ebert Revives At the Movies for PBS with Elvis Mitchell and Christy Lemire

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No one else but Ebert would do something this cool. Because it’s PBS, he doesn’t have to go the traditional route of “two white guys,” he can change it up and hire those who do the job well. This will be on my must-watch list, as it is with Anne Thompson, who just wrote about it on Thompson on Hollywood. Elvis Mitchell and Christy Lemire will be interesting to watch,…

Top 10 Most Influential Film Critics?

Top 10 Most Influential Film Critics?

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I’ll go ahead and assemble the names we’ve collected into a poll ballot, just for the curiosity element and sheer time-killing fun of it. (which, obviously, were the only real reasons for me raising the question to begin with. My own idle thumb-twiddling curiosity.) Sasha’s reply to this headline question looks to be the definitive answer, and hers was the hypothesis I was secretly hoping to prove anyway. The verdict…

Cream of the Crop, Top of the Heap: The Critics Who Matter Most

Cream of the Crop, Top of the Heap: The Critics Who Matter Most

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MetaCritic typically collects reviews from around 40 critics and Rotten Tomatoes names roughly the same number among its ‘Top Critics.’ The individual lists of critics change from film to film, with a core group of 25 who never seem to miss a movie. 20 other critics slide on and off the edges of the guest list. Among these 4 dozen film critics there might be 10 writers so esteemed that…