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    Christian Bale in the Brutal, Steel-Town Drama 'Out Of The Furnace'

    In Steve McQueen's artful 12 Years a Slave and Peter Berg's fraught Lone Survivor (opening soon), the violence is difficult to sit through, but worth it for those films' serious drama and wrenching realism. Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace doesn't come close to justifying its extreme brutality. Thi...

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    'American Hustle' Tops New York Film Critics Circle Awards, David O. Russell & Jennifer Lawrence Win Big

    First! Once again, the New York Film Critics Circle made filmmakers and studios sweat to get their films screened in time as they position themselves to be the first (official) word on the awards race and augur of things to come ... at least until the National Board Of Review weighs in tomorrow. But...

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    Oscars: It's 'Hobbit' Vs. "Hustle' Vs. 'Slave' Vs. 'Gatsby' In Production & Costume Design Races

    The Coen Brothers' glorious "Inside Llewyn Davis" hits theaters at long last this week and while its award prospects in general are somewhat on the tightrope, some of its better chances lie in the design categories: the beautifully realized world of early 1960s New York has a good chance of nominati...

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    'Mandela' Opens Strong with Weak Reviews, Spike Lee's 'Old Boy' Collapses, '12 Years a Slave' Passes 'Blue Jasmine' as Year's Best Indie Performer

    With so many adult-oriented films playing in wide release over the holiday weekend, it was more difficult for narrower releases to gain traction. One, the second Weinstein potential awards contender in a row to open in just two cities, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," exceeded expectations while t...

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    Specialty Box Office: Indie Oscar Contenders Battle Out a Very Crowded Holiday

    While the studios saw record numbers this holiday weekend care of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen," a good dozen smaller films tried to take as much turkey money as they could in varying levels of release.

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    Composer Nicholas Britell Talks the Powerful Spiritual-Field Songs in '12 Years a Slave'

    Composer Nicholas Britell ("Gimme the Loot") provides a powerful musical accompaniment for Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" with a series of spiritual-field songs and stringed waltzes (which are currently available on the Columbia Records soundtrack). These originals and recreations enable us to b...

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    Crafts Roundup: The Year of Cinematographers Capturing Turmoil On Screen

    It's been a great year for cinematography, with such an emphasis on survival, turmoil and trying to find beauty or redemption within the suffering. The cinematographers of "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave," "Captain Phillips," "Nebraska," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "The Grandmaster," and "Rush" talk strikin...

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    '12 Years A Slave' & 'Nebraska' Come Out Ahead In 2014 Spirit Award Nominations

    Ready for awards season to really get underway? No? Well, it's too late, because ahead of the start of the critics' awards next week, Film Independent's Spirit Awards have just unveiled their nominations for their annual awards, the biggest in the indie world.

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    Specialty Box Office: 'Philomena' Leads Debuts as 'Dallas Buyers Club' Hits Overall Top 10

    The Weinstein Company's "Philomena" got off to a good start this weekend, finding the highest per-theater-average of any film in release save "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

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    Oscar Talk: Who's Ahead in the Oscar Race, Post-AFI FEST and the Governors Awards, Documentaries and Beyond

    Kris Tapley and I get back into the Oscar race, covering the AFI FEST showings of "Out of the Furnace," "Saving Mr. Banks," and "Lone Survivor." We get into the documentary short list, the opening of "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Nebraska," and how the top contenders worked the room at the Governors' A...

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