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    Awards Season Kicks Off with Gotham Noms: Hurt Locker Gets Boost

    Each successive round of awards announcements is about whether a movie gets a boost or not. It's not terrible to be left out of the Gotham Independent Film Award nominations. It's more about getting a slight boost as you build toward the inevitable momentum that accrues to the eventual real contende...

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    The Messenger: Oscar Contender?

    Rookie director Oren Moverman's The Messenger faces the same obstacle in the fall awards season as the Michelle Monaghan star vehicle Trucker. It's one of many marginal outsider films that has to get seen before it has a chance. The movie is a stark portrait of two soldiers (Woody Harrelson and Ben ...

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    Tree of Life Will Not Open in 2009

    Writer-director Terrence Malick's long-awaited family drama about grief, The Tree of Life, will not be released by year's end. Apparition had tentatively scheduled a December 25 release for River Road's 50s period film, which stars Sean Penn and Brad Pitt. But Apparition chief Bob Berney says that a...

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    Girl with Dragon Tattoo Gets U.S. Release

    As I speed through the second installment of the late Swedish author Steig Larsson's global bestseller, the Millenium Trilogy, Music Box Films is considering a U.S. release of the Swedish crime thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which has grossed almost $100 million worldwide to date. (Here's...

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    First Award Screeners: Anvil, Trucker

    The first screener to the Academy membership Anvil! The Story of Anvil went out Thursday, right before an industry screening at the WGA attended by the likes of Steve Zaillian, Robert Culp, Edward James Olmos and Cameron Crowe. Oscar campaigning is a good thing. But the documentary branch of the Aca...

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    Weekend Must-Sees: The Damned United and An Education

    Weekend Must to Avoid:Couples Retreat Tomatometer 11 % Metascore 24 The notion of Swingers Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau reuniting for a vacation on Bora Bora may seem appealing, but run as fast as you can from this turkey. Making audiences suffer through couples therapy, among other things, was a b...

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    Oscar Talk, Episode 5: An Education, Hosts, Best Actress

    In Episode 5 of Oscar Talk, In Contention's Kris Tapley and I discuss possible hosts and producers for the Oscarcast, the strength and weakness of the Best Actress category, and whether Peter Sarsgaard should be considered lead or supporting actor for An Education, which opens Friday.

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    Four Ways to Build a New Open Infrastructure

    Digital pioneer Lance Weiler joins the fray with a modest proposal for how the film industry should embrace innovation as it faces the digital future:

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    Monaghan Drives Trucker

    Former Slamdance Film fest producer James Mottern wrote and directed Trucker, an unpretentious, tough little movie that debuted at Tribeca in 2008 and is finally getting a modest release this week, starting in New York. The movie is about an independent young truck-driver (Michelle Monaghan) who is...

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    An Education Clips

    An Education is even better the second time, when you know the motivations of everyone involved. Writer Nick Hornby (wittily adapting The Observer columnist Lynn Barber's short memoir) and director Lone Scherfig (a protege of Lars von Trier) allow the movie to seduce you as they drop hints of what's...

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