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    For Your Consideration: A Mid-December Stab at Oscar Predictions

    In the past week, the Oscar race has seen a remarkable swarm of precursors suggesting its fate, from the nominations for the Golden Globe Awards and Critics Choice Awards to the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, LA Film Critics Association Awards, and over a dozen other critics groups honors. The...

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    HONOR ROLL 2010 | "The Kids Are All Right" Writer/Director Lisa Cholodenko

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a daily December series that will feature new or previously published interviews, profiles and first-persons of some of the year's best filmmakers, writers, actors and actresses. This edition is an interview with "The Kids Are All Right" writer/director Lisa Cholodenko...

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    Colonial Parallels and Reflexivity in Spanish Cinema Now Opening Night Film "Even the Rain"

    The opening night of the Film Society at Lincoln Center's 19th edition of its popular Spanish Cinema Now series included a screening of Icíar Bollaín's new film, "Even the Rain;" a film that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, where it caught the eye of distributi...

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    Thessaloniki Revamps Its International Festival

    Changes are afoot at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. A new director, a reduced program, and the return of local filmmakers made the 51st edition of the event a radical departure from the past few years. The festival ran from December 3 to 12 in the second city of Greece.

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    FUTURES | Director Laura Israel Takes on Windmills in "Windfall"

    Wind energy is in vogue these days, so perhaps it comes as a surprise that someone would take on a clean energy source. But that is in fact what first-time director Laura Israel does in her doc "Windfall," which had its European premiere at the recent International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) after debuting earlier in the year in Toronto and Woodstock. The New York City resident actually had initially wanted a windmill on her own land in the Upstate New York town of Meredith, New York, which had been approached by a wind energy company about constructing numerous turbines in the town, a proposal that eventually deeply divided t...

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    11 Boxing Films That Will Knock You Out

    Not every sport works well on the big screen, and it's not always the ones you think. Basketball? Surprisingly, not that cinematic. Golf? Actually pretty gripping, when done well. Soccer? Don't make us laugh. But probably the king of big-screen sports has to be boxing. It's as stripped ...

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    HONOR ROLL 2010 | "White Material" Actress Isabelle Huppert

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a daily December series that will feature new or previously published interviews, profiles and first-persons of some of the year's best filmmakers, writers, actors and actresses. This edition is an interview with "White Material" actress Isabelle Huppert.

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    Ten Romantic Spy Thrillers

    It's probably escaped your attention, as the film's essentially being buried by all involved, but the Angelina Jolie/Johnny Depp spy flick "The Tourist" hits theaters tomorrow. Early reviews have been poisonous (and we certainly were not impressed) but it's not entirely sur...

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    HONOR ROLL 2010 | "Blue Valentine" Director Derek Cianfrance

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a daily December series that will feature new or previously published interviews, profiles and first-persons of some of the year's best filmmakers, writers, actors and actresses. This edition is are two separate interviews with "Blue Valentine" directors Derek Cianfran...

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    For Your Consideration: A Guide To The Oscar Precursors

    The Oscar precursors, an eclectic batch of awards that offer a considerable honor in their own right, are about to start coming at us fast and furious. They've actually already come in the form of the National Board of Review Gotham Awards, Spirit Awards, European Film Awards and British In...

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