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According to metacritic, the trades give Star Trek two perfect scores of 100. When is the last time that happened — for any sort of movie? (These have been out a few days, but I only noticed them tonight.) Variety, Todd McCarthy: Blasting onto the screen at warp speed and remaining there for two hours, […]

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Thanks to Roger Friedman (and every other critic with eyes connected to a cerebral cortex) I can save the 8 bucks I would’ve thrown away on Wolverine to throw away later on G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra. To balance out the superficiality of my interest being a lot more ...

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Main Competition Categories: The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature ‚Äì “About Elly (Darbareye Elly),” directed and written by Asghar Farhadi. Best New Narrative Filmmaker ‚Äì Rune Denstad Langlo for “North (Nord),” written by Erlend Loe. Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film ‚Äì Ciar√°n Hinds in “The Eclipse,” directed ...

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There’s a lot of nervous toe-tapping in the hallowed stalls of Washington after the Tribeca premiere of Outrage and its upcoming theatrical release May 8. “Outrage,” a new documentary from filmmaker Kirby Dick, takes issue with the secret lives of closeted gay politicians — especially conservative Republicans who outwardly oppose ...

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With the same impeccable sense of timing that inspired Oliver Stone to give us a dollop of W. just when we’d had quite enough of him, thanks, The Hollywood Reporter says Stone has signed on with Fox for a sequel to Wall Street. Short of having Gorden Gekko replaced with ...

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The Hurt Locker earns its blurbs. It’s pulse-pounding, nerve-jangling, heart-wrenching. Nice to see some posters that capture that intensity. Trailer after the cut.

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Julia Roberts honoring Tom Hanks at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on Monday, and demonstrating why her three best movies are rated R.

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Soon after moving in, Beth, a brainy, beautiful writer damaged from a past relationship encounters Adam, the handsome, but odd, fellow in the downstairs apartment whose awkwardness is perplexing. Beth and Adam’s ultimate connection leads to a tricky relationship that exemplifies something universal: truly reaching another person means bravely stretching ...

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From FirstShowing, via Empire, by way of SlashFilm courtesy of scans from AccessSaoirse. So what can we offer that’s new? How about the first two pages of the script?

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Because silhouettes say “dark humor for grownups.” (2008, 2007)

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Just in time for theaters packed with sniffling brats snotting all over germy arm rests, swine flu arrives with the summer blockbusters. Wash your hands. Often. Cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress Drink plenty of fluids, and eat ...

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If you’ve already seen every French film from the ’60’s, and wish an unknown Godard classic would be rediscovered, you could do worse than the films of Philippe Garrel. Garrel’s Frontier of Dawn was nominated for a Palm d’Or last year, and finally had its US premiere last month. Ran ...

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Extending the battle for prominence and dominance that existed in real life between mother Beale and daughter Beale, Jessica Lange has decided she’ll be placing her Grey Gardens performance in the Lead Actress category at the Emmys this August. According to the distinguished Page Six of the NY Post: According ...

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Clip from a 1972 episode of Maude, after the cut.

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The cast of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller Inception has expanded from the list we had 3 weeks ago to include Sir Michael Caine and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. According to MTV, JGL replaces James Franco whose scheduling conflicts with Pineapple Express sequel [Medieval prequel?] Your Highness forced him to drop out. (ouch, ...

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Thanks to iggy for the tip to news of Pedro Almodovar’s involvement in an English-language adaptation of his Oscar-nominated 1988 feature “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.” Fox TV Studios is backing the hour-long project. Almovodar and writer Mimi Schmir are exec producing. The original movie, starring Carmen ...

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Already banking on the inevitable success of Earth, Disneynature releases the teaser for next year’s Earth Day epic, Oceans. Will the promise of yearly installments help or hurt Earth’s chances for a nomination?

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Found on ONTD – originally posted in slightly different format by Ryan back in March: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDDeqPuIME0[/youtube] Meanwhile, check out Mike Jones’ article on Taking Woodstock and the role the internet now plays in indie film production: For the concert itself, they needed over 6,000 hippies to fill up the muddy ...

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Although the film seems to be pretty good by her standards, the NY Times Manohla Dargis reserves her highest praise for Robert Downey, Jr., soon-to-be-dubbed Critics Darling of All Time. I’m starting to think Downey, Jr. could do an El Pollo Loco commercial and critics (the scant few who are ...

The State of the Race

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During out latest podcastof Oscar Poker, Jeff Wells and I contemplated the idea that this could be a year where the Best Picture race might depart from last year’s lineup ...
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)

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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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The new offical U.S trailer for Macbeth has arrived, teasing epic battles. Michael Fassbender plays the menacing Macbeth and Marion Cotillard plays his scheming Lady Macbeth. Filmed on the Scottish ...
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The first trailer for Victor Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as Frankenstein has been unveiled by 20th Century Fox. You know the story, Doctor Frankenstein creates ...
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