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Six Aspects of Highly Effective Movie Classics

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…

Metacritic Scores and Box Office, Just for Fun

I thought I would use Metacritic to look at the past ten years of Best Picture winners. I use Metacritic because they are easier to pin down in terms of having fewer critics and (for the most) seasoned, experienced writers.  There are a…

2011 critics scores in the rearview mirror

As we watch the remainder of the critics groups weigh in with their year-end honors, we'll take one last look back at how the major contenders stacked up with the weight of their reviews.  AD reader Andrew Sidhom has helpfully compiled…

Comprehensive Critics and Precursor Charts

AD reader Andrew has devised another great system of charts to help us navigate the swampy morass we've all sailed into together. Contenders in each category are ranked according to points earned from over 50 critics groups, with handy…

Top 10 Most Influential Film Critics?

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…

2010 mid-year movie rankings

Ziyad Abul Hawa has built us a beautiful chart to display key stats at-a-glance for the year's most acclaimed movies at the half-way point. Longer list encompassing the top 35 films after the cut.

2009 Chart of Charts, a last look back

In less than half an hour the most important numbers on our minds will be which films reeled in the biggest numbers of nominations. But maybe it's fitting to take one last look at the critics who helped guide us to this day and the…

Critics Take Cover, Erik is BACK!

Erik Childress has posted his annual Criticwatch's Whores of the Year - which has funny bits, no doubt. Pete Travers and Pete Hammond are two who take it annually from Childress but they're probably used to it by now (we hope, because we…

Has Bens

Two thumbs down to Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz, as Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott take over the reins of At the Movies: After barely a year helming the iconic TV show, founded in 1986 by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, the two Bens…