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Here Are 9 Stories You Might Have Missed This Weekend

Here Are 9 Stories You Might Have Missed This Weekend

With the year soon coming to a close, awards news dominated this weekend, with both “The Descendants” and “The Artist” coming out on top. Below, get caught up on who won what, and other highlights you might have missed.

AFI Announces Their Top 10 Films of 2011
The American Film Institute has announced their list of the 10 best films of the year.

‘The Descendants’ Takes Top Prize at LA Critics Awards
Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” took top honors at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s annual awards. This is the third consecutive Payne film to take the group’s best picture prize, following “About Schmit” and “Sideways.”

San Francisco Critics Pick ‘Tree of Life’ as Year’s Best
Terrance Malick’s “The Tree of Life” led the winners of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards, taking best picture, best director and best cinematography honors.

‘Tinker, Tailor’ Debuts to Massive Numbers
While Hollywood was singing the box office blues yet again this weekend after its worst overall showing since 2008, the specialty market actually had cause to celebrate.

‘New Year’s Eve’ and ‘The Sitter’ Disappoint
The pre-Christmas blues continued at the boxoffice this weekend as two new arrivals failed to ignite a spark with audiences. Overall revenues were down a steep 15% from the comparable frame last year. The projected total for all films this weekend is a dismal $78 million – the lowest grossing weekend since September 2008.

Oscar Race for Visual Effects Narrows to 15
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has narrowed the race for its Achievement in Visual Effects Oscar to 15 films.

Brief New Fottage from ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’
So, didn’t get tickets to “The Dark Knight Rises” prologue screenings? Well, another opportunity to see a hotly buzzed movie before everyone else has popped up and instead of six minutes, you’ll get to see the whole damn thing.

How to Make a 10 Best List
‘Tis the season when ten best lists start rolling in. I smile when I get my first Christmas card, always from John Waters (Highland, Maryland), whose Ten Best is in Art Forum, natch, and below. Kris Tapley and I delivered ours in this week’s Oscar Talk podcast; I’ll publish mine and the TOH crew’s lists on Monday.

Is ‘The Artist’ Yet Another Political Allegory for Our Dire Economic Times?
In the year that “income inequality” became a household name, is the much beloved new French film (which I find utterly mediocre) “The Artist” just one more movie about our global economic troubles? I’m not sure I entirely buy the argument, but New Yorker critic Richard Brody puts forward an interesting proposition: “The Artist,” he writes, “is a movie of the moment because it’s about unemployment, specifically, about an employee who loses his job due to a technological change for which he’s unequipped.”

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