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Mick LaSalle at the San Francisco Chronicle outlines six factors in cinema that propel a great movie to classic status after the test of time. Doing what I do, I often try to project myself into the future and imagine what, of our current movies, will be of value to later generations… Looking at the […]
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With the exception of Ratatouille and Pan’s Labyrinth, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is the highest ranked mainstream film in recent memory — having received an astonishing 96 rating on Metacritic with a whopping 47 critics ringing in. Moreover, it has received 27 scores of 100.  That’s just a smidge higher than ...

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Truth: All is Lost is the kind of movie that if it hits you, it REALLY hits you. I suspect that it could depend on how much living you’ve done. Either way, Thomson writes this about All is Lost, and Robert Redford: All Is Lost will not open until October ...
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With several potentially pivotal roles left to be seen — Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks and Amy Adams in American Hustle, two names seem like they might dominate the category when the critics start handing out their awards. Those awards will then influence the Golden Globes, the Critics Choice, ...

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Guillermo del Toro spins The Simpsons couch opening into a montage of madness for Treehouse of Horror XXIV.

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The astonishing documentary Blackfish, which could see a lot more publicity if it manages an Oscar nod, or maybe a win, has been giving Seaworld some heat. In response, Seaworld has announced it will install exercise machines for the orcas. Oh goodie. Make them do more work just to have ...

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Wow, these are just too awesome. Hat tip to ONTD and Comic Book Movie Bigger pics after the jump.

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Khat Ban is a herb that has been part of Somalian tradition for hundreds of years. It is a chewed upon Amphetmaine-like substance that causes excitement and euphoria. In Peter Greengrass’ riveting “Captain Phillips”, the pirates that are about to take over Richard Phillips’ ship chew on Khat Ban to ...

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Featurette after the cut. Also after the cut, probably a comment or two about how a remake like this is “unnecessary.” Because everything else any of us have ever watched is always so essential.

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A bit behind the curve on this news, I posted the trailer for Fedor Bondarchuk’s Stalingrad a few days ago without knowing it had been announced last week as Russia’s official Oscar candidate. Russian film director Fyodor Bondarchuk on Wednesday presented the Moscow premiere of his World War II drama ...

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Not directly related to the film industry — or is it?  From The Guardian, via @filmclassics, the full text of Sinead O’Connor’s open letter to Miley Cyrus. Dear Miley, I wasn’t going to write this letter, but today i’ve been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to ...
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The photo of the album in the film Inside Llewyn Davis is based on Inside Dave Van Ronk – note the cat.
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Variety reports that the Wong Kar-wai martial arts masterpiece earned 11 nods for the Golden Horse awards, the Taiwanese prizes for Chinese-Language cinema, including best feature and best director, leading actor and actress, cinematography, action choreography and art design. The nominations for Best Film went to Ilo Ilo, A Touch of ...
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The films with the highest scores over at Metacritic still have more reviewers to check in before they can be placed in history but right now, with 17 critic reviews, Gravity is looking like the early leader.  How it’s breaking down right now for films in the Best Picture race: ...

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download   For this week’s episode we went down into 1993, when Spielberg made Schindler’s List. We talk about Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia and Martin Scorsese’s Age of Innocence. It’s overly long at two hours and fifteen minutes but hopefully it will be worthwhile.
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“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” – Emerson There is no doubt that America is changing. You can feel the old ways reaching out their talons to pull us back into the past but it isn’t going to work. With ...

The State of the Race

In this photo provided by the Producers Guild of America, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures for “Birdman” on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

When this website first began its grand experiment of cracking the code of why some films make it into the Oscar race and why other films don’t, there were three major ...
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In a year where the outlook appeared to be barren without Breaking Bad and True Detective in contention, House of Cards began as the default Emmy consensus front-runner earlier this ...
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ADTV continues its Making the Case series with today’s entry for HBO’s Silicon Valley to win Outstanding Comedy Series. Clarence praises the shaggy-dog nature of the workplace sitcom and engaging ...
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From Sasha’s review of Youth at Cannes in May: Paolo Sorrentino just hit it out of the park here at Cannes, delivering what has to be the most compelling screening ...
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The Year of the Man marches on with Bradley Cooper in Burnt. Oh look, there’s Emma Thompson propping him up – and look, there’s Siena Miller helping him out. I ...
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