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Peter Travers early word on Inception

Peter Travers gives Inception 3.5/4 stars. Though Travers review hasn't hit news stands or the Rolling Stone site yet, the New York Post has seen it and offers this excerpt: ‚ÄúThe mind-blowing movie event of the summer arrives just in…

Inception, character featurette

"Don't tease me, bro! Don't tease me!" Not sure how much more of this intense teasering I can handle. I do know this: It's totally failing to subdue me. (thanks to Madilyn for the heads up)

Oscar and the Cannes Bump

Let's get down to it, shall we? There wasn't a No Country for Old Men at Cannes this year, at least not as far as I could tell. For one thing, the best films there weren't in the English language, except for Mike Leigh's Another…

Sony Pics Classics Nabs Another Year

There are three Oscar gets coming out of Cannes: Another Year, Blue Valentine and Biutiful. The unstoppable Weinsteins have Blue Valentine and now SPC has Another Year. They handled An Education last year. The only one up for grabs now is…

Roger Ebert on Another Year

Roger Ebert writes in his Journal from Cannes: Mike Leigh has long been a great director, but now he is surely at the top of his form. "Another Year" has premiered here and is the film everyone I talk with loves the most. It is so…

Cannes Critics Chart Update

More constellations emerge on Les Etoiles de la Critique from lefilmfrancais, as star formations accumulate on the chart first posted by ladylurks 2 days ago. Far and away the films garnering the lion's share of across-the-board praise…

French Critics Sign On for ‘Another Year’

Le Film Francais' chart of French critics' favorites at Cannes shows¬†them mostly blown away by¬†Mike Leigh's Another Year. They also¬†dance¬†a turn or two with¬†Amalric's¬†Tourn√©e (quelle surprise!), but are¬†setting no stock by¬†Wall…

Owen G’s Gives Another Year Four Stars

On one of our many walks about town, where people know and approach Jeff Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere, we bumped into the one and only Owen Gleiberman of EW. He kind of talked a bit about Mike Leigh and why he doesn't belong to any kind…

Come on Guy, Give up the 1/2 a Star

In Contention's Guy Lodge wrote a thoughtful, articulate review of Mike Leigh's Another Year. My only gripe is, really, 31/2 stars? I think it's a four star film. But I tend towards passionate enthusiasm. I admit this to be true about…

3 clips from Mike Leigh’s Another Year

Sasha will have her review for us shortly, but in the meantime here are 3 clips from Another Year, Mike Leigh's Cannes entry following a London couple and their friends through 4 seasonal checkpoints in a single year. Two more clips…

The State of the Race: To Serve Man

Soldiers. A serious man. A great leader. A man up in the air. 2009 is, once again, the Year of the Man. Precious and An Education are two that aren't. Ordinary women rarely take up much screen time. Nonetheless, Oscars 2009 is…

Precious — What Matters, What Doesn’t

Precious now has a 61 rating on Metacritic. This might matter more if the film hadn't yet been screened and won two major awards heading into the race. Okay, so maybe Sundance isn't a major award, but for this film it set up a precedent…

How to Build the Lovely Bones Afterlife

The LA Times' Rachel Abramowitz talks to the screenwriters about how to bring the fantasy elements of The Lovely Bones to the screen. Hands down, this would be the hardest line to walk adapting the novel to the screen. However, it's…

Nine Footage

Film Misery (which just updated its Oscar predictions) points us to this great vid of the Nine cast putting together. I just rewatched Chicago the other day and was again thoroughly entertained. I know it isn't the deepest film film ever…

A Serious Man – Out of the Park

It's strange that A Serious Man has such a middling score at Metacritic considering the types of reviews it's been getting. With a couple of bad ones, the film is picking up raves from the LA Times and the NY Times. The LA Times'…

Up in the Air at Telluride

Reports are trickling in that Up in the Air will kind of be the surprise screening at Telluride - kind of, because it's not really a surprise. If it is very good it will Slumdog it all the way through Toronto and onward to the Oscar…