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    Watching 2012 in China

    On opposite sides of the world, my 20-year-old college student daughter Nora and I both enjoyed 2012, which was more fun than I was expecting. Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) crafted a truly global movie, starting off in a mine shaft in India and proceeding to blow up Yellowstone National Park and destroy the world's most revered monuments, from the White House and The Vatican's Sistine Chapel to Brazil's Christ The Redeemer. (Critics were mixed.) After its second weekend, the utterly implausible disaster E-ride has already racked up $268-million worldwide. "#1 Movie in the World!" reads the LATimes ad head...

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    Sex, Money & Consensus: New Doc Pounds United Nations

    News networks here in Europe including BBC and others have tepidly shared info and commentary on Herman van Rompuy, the recent Belgian prime minister who assumed the new position of President of the European Union, while Great Britain's Baroness Catherine Ashton was named the body's new Foreign Mini...

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    The Top Single Day Grosses of All Time

    The Top Single Day Grosses of All Time

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    Anderson is Fantastic Again

    Anderson is Fantastic Again

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    Oscar Talk Episode Eleven: Governors Awards, Tarantino, Holbrook, Docs

    In the eleventh installment of Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I have a go at last weekend's Governors Awards, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, the documentary short list and Hal Holbrook's performance in That Evening Sun. Over at Awards Daily, Sasha Stone assembles a bigger gro...

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    IDFA: Emotional Start to World's Most Important Doc Fest

    Veteran directors Frederic Wiseman, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus are among the documentary mavericks attending the 22nds International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), which opened last night in the Netherlands' largest city. The festival is considered the most important in the world...

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    cinemadaily | "Mammoth" Letdown

    In his review for indieWIRE, Eric Hynes calls Lukas Moodysson's latest, "Mammoth," a "career killer" and, while his may be among the most damning reviews of the film, which opens in the US today, it's getting very little love from critics on the whole.

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    Carlton Cinemas To Close; Toronto Continues Descent Into Beigery

    Carlton Cinemas To Close; Toronto Continues Descent Into Beigery

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    LAFF Receives Grant from Academy

    LAFF Receives Grant from Academy

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    For Your Consideration: 25 Things The Academy Got Right In The 2000s

    With the first wave of awards season precursors less than two weeks away, I figured I would use the very last addition of this column before an onslaught of commentary on critics awards and Spirit and Globe nominations beckons to provide some optimism in the wake of last week's list of the "most des...

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