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    Carlos: IFC's Long-Form Experiment, Embraced by Critics, Globes

    As movies become tougher and tougher to finance and release, more and more filmmakers are turning to long-form TV. One of the titles that has been a surprisingly strong winner in year-end voting is critic-turned-filmmaker Olivier Assayas's Carlos, a five-hour French/English viewing marathon which wa...

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    Oscar Ballots Mailed December 27, SAG Prefers Digital Votes

    Oscar ballots go out Monday to 2755 Academy members. Among the recipients will be 135 new voters. Every year the Academy invites new members such as Avatar producer Jon Landau. Ballots are due back January 14 for tabulation by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Nominations will be announced January 25, and the...

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    Stuck in the Snow? These Movie Characters Show Us How to Get Through a Blizzard

    You've no doubt heard that it's a mess in New York City today. Trains aren't running, airports are closed, major streets are filled with abandoned vehicles, people have been trapped in subway cars overnight. I couldn't even get out of my building this morning because the snow drifts are so high. But we're coming down from the worst of it -- or the best, depending on your outlook. I'm sure many people were happy not to go into work today. But for those who did have to trek through the weather last night or this morning, here's a list of heroes just like you. They can't let a little snowstorm hold them back, no matter if it's a blizzard or a ne...

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    Reverse Shot's Best of 2010

    Any critic who could, with a straight face, populate a ten-best list either primarily or exclusively with American films released in one of the worst years in recent memory for homegrown filmmaking at all levels either wasn’t watching enough movies or watching movies well enough. Yet if the various polls and top ten lists that spring up like mushrooms around this time of year (feel free to stomp on ours, if you wish) are to be believed, then only a handful of films—mostly American—mattered in 2010. The Social Network, of course, but also Winter’s Bone, The Kids Are All Right, Toy Story 3, Black Swan, 127 Hours, The King’s Speech, Inside Job ....

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    Scanning The Movie Year

    Like any critic, I have an ego: it comes with the territory, or I couldn’t express my opinion with confidence. Imagine what it’s like, then, to sit in a room with forty other critics—each one certain and confident—and try to reach a consensus, as I do with my colleagues in the Los Angeles Film Criti...

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    Weekend Box Office: Audiences Say 'Fock' Off To 'Little Fockers,' 'Gulliver's Travels'

    Every once in awhile, we look at the numbers and hope, pray that the weekend is emblematic of an attitude amongst the public. They’ve had enough, we predict, and moviegoers are no longer going to accept subpar product. This winter has led to that assumption being made repeatedly, as audiences have r...

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    Food Court Hallelujah Chorus

    Flash mob or staged choir stunt? Either way it's fun to see the reaction of unsuspecting folks in a mall food court to a surprise performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah.

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    'The Avengers' To Intervene In The Kree-Skrull Conflict?

    It looks like it's a Merry Christmas for Marvel fans. Thanks to the Albuquerque Journal (via AICN), it seems that the plot of 2012's biggest tentpole, "The Avengers," will possibly revolve around, or at least involve, the conflict between two alien races, the Kree and the Skrulls.

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    film review—THE ILLUSIONIST

    I have nothing but admiration for Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist, a heartfelt homage to the great filmmaker and comedic artist Jacques Tati, based on one of his unproduced screenplays. But I wanted to love the film wholeheartedly, and I didn’t.

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