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NY FILM CRITICS CIRCLE NAMES THE ARTIST BEST PICTURE

November 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The New York Film Critics Circle, the first major film group to announce its selections for best picture and performances each year, has given its top honor to The Artist, a black-and-white silent film. Its director, Michel Hazanavicius, was named best director. Meryl Streep received the best actress award for The Iron Lady, in which […]

POLICE SEIZE WEAPONS DESTINED FOR BRAD PITT FLICK

October 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Hungarian authorities have confirmed that they have seized 85 weapons that had been shipped to Budapest for use in scenes in Brad Pitt’s zombie movie, World War Z. Us magazine quoted Hajdu Janos, the director of Hungary’s Anti-Terrorism Unit, and Zsolt Bodnar, the deputy director, as saying that the weapons were full-functional and that most […]

LION REMAINS FEARSOME EVEN DURING MIDWEEK (Update)

September 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Lion King is going out with a roar. Even though it was unlikely that families would be going to the movies together on school nights, Monday and Tuesday saw ticket sales of $3.22 million for Disney’s animated film, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Converted to 3D in advance of next week’s bow on Blu-ray disc (The […]

AIN’T LYIN’ — IT’S LION AGAIN (Updated)

September 26, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Oh, ye of little faith, cast thine eyes unto the King who hath risen again. Words to that effect may have been ringing in the ears of miscalculating industry seers and studio executives once again this weekend as The Lion King reigned as the king of the box office for the second weekend in a […]

MONEYBALL EXPECTED TO BE A WINNER

September 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Four new movies make their debut this weekend, but box-office pundits indicate that only one, Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, has any chance of drawing a big crowd to the stadi … er, movie theater. Still, a minority of writers suggest that churchgoers who have been on the receiving end of the principal marketing effort behind […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: MONEYBALL

September 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Moneyball is coming to the screens at the tail end of the baseball season, as interest in the playoffs mounts. The timing is probably not coincidental, given the fact that much of the film concerns the sensational rise of the cash-poor 2001 Oakland A’s to the division playoffs under the management of Billy Beane, played […]

DOCUMENTARY TO OPEN TORONTO FESTIVAL

July 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Davis Guggenheim’s From the Sky Down, a documentary about the Irish rock band U2, has been set to open the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 8, organizers announced today (Tuesday). It will be the first time that a documentary has ever opened the 36-year-old festival. Producing a case of dueling band documentaries, Cameron Crowe’s Pearl […]

FOR WARNER BROS.: FIRST THE HANGOVER, THEN THE PARTY

May 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

TTalk about nursing a hangover! Moviegoers were doing just that in spades over the Memorial Day holiday as they spent $137.4 million between Thursday and Monday on The Hangover Part II, according to an estimate by Warner Bros. It marked the biggest gross for the debut of any R-rated comedy ever. While the film had […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: THE TREE OF LIFE

May 27, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, which won the top prize, the Palme d’Or, at the Cannes Film Festival last weekend, continues to attract much applause from critics as it opens in limited release this weekend. Ironically, most of the positive reviews anticipate that the film will also receive a negative reaction […]

MALICK’S TREE IS PLANTED IN CANNES

May 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Terrence Malick’s long-awaited Tree of Life was finally unspooled at the Cannes Film Festival today (Monday), receiving polite applause mixed with scattered boos from an overflow crowd of reporters attending a morning screening. Most, however, were no doubt left mystified by Malick’s laudable attempt to portray the mundane life of a nuclear family of the […]

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