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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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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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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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    Four Rising Stars of 2011: Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Hall, Tom Hardy

    Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Rebecca Hall and Michael Fassbender are four hot-as-flapjacks actors who have given Hollywood reason to expect great things. They are, so far, actors known better for their roles than their celebrity, and while 2010 was a year packed with noteworthy performances--includi...

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    The Oscar Contenders (and a Christmas wish)

    A Christmas Holiday Oscar wish, but first...

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    Gemma Arterton Says She's In Michael Mann's 'Capa' Along With Andrew Garfield

    Despite a number of gestating go-to film projects on Michael Mann's plate including a long gestating adaptation of Ernest Hemingway‘s “For Whom The Bell Tolls;” the medieval tale “Agincourt” based on the novel by Bernard Cromwell and the gangster pic “Big Tuna" being written by "Up In The Air" scrib...

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    Poster of the Week

    Looks pretty innocuous, doesn't it? Actually, One Magic Christmas, directed by master of wintry melancholy Phillip Borsos (The Grey Fox), a mostly Canadian production released by Walt Disney Studios in 1985, is grim stuff indeed. Despite its kid-friendly trappings, in its harsh, death-tinged journey to human frailty this is more Eyes Wide Shut territory than, say, Miracle on 34th Street. It's also one of the most potentially dangerous off-message films I can recall ever geared towards family audiences: in this case, a sturdy, reformed belief in the wonder of Christmas can not only rejuvenate one spiritually, but also potentially bring your fa...

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