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Tastes change. Not just those of the moviegoing public, who’ve gotten so wise to the sales pitches and story formulas that the town has had no choice but to adapt, propelling a self-aware superhero movie, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” above the likes of Cap and Spidey at the box office, and making sly, meta-minded directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller — responsible for ultra-blockbuster “The Lego Movie” and wink-wink sequel “22 Jump Street” — the hottest helming duo in town. But over time, critics’ tastes change, too.
In February, I relocated from Los Angeles to Paris, to take up my new post as Variety’s chief international film critic. As you can imagine, my diet underwent a radical upheaval — and I’m not talking about crepes and chocolate mousse, either. What I wasn’t prepared for was how swiftly my moviegoing palate might adapt to this new post.
I’d been raised on junk-food American fare, »
- Peter Debruge
Assembling a year-end top-10 list has always been a personal, even self-indulgent, ritual, a way of disguising a whimsical ranking of favorites as a carefully curated declaration of personal taste. At the risk of making things even more solipsistic than usual, let me begin by noting that the fraught relationship between artists and critics provided 2014 with one of its most compelling movie themes, with critics themselves — food critics, art critics, theater critics and, yes, film critics — figuring among the year’s most favored characters. And by favored, of course, I mean mocked, loathed and misunderstood at every turn.
In one of the most talked-about scenes in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s virtuoso backstage farce “Birdman,” a washed-up movie star named Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) comes face to face with a notoriously nasty New York Times theater critic, Tabitha Dickinson (Lindsay Duncan), who calmly informs him that she’s going to eviscerate his new Broadway play, »
- Justin Chang
Critics in the UK obviously aren't immune to the charms of "Boyhood," as the film did well with the London Film Critics Circle. Now the Dublin Film Critics Circle has named it the year's best across the channel. The group also revealed its long lists throughout the categories, giving you some insight into which films were in the running. (Personal shout-out to my friends who made the documentary "Showrunners," which got a little love on the documentary list.) Check out the full list of winners below and watch it all unfold at The Circuit. Top 10 Films 1. "Boyhood" 2. "Under the Skin" 3. "Ida" 4. "The Lego Movie" 5. "12 Years a Slave" 6. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" 7. "Two Days, One Night" 8. (Tie) "Her,""Leviathan" 9. "The Wolf of Wall Street" 10. (Tie) "Blue Ruin" and "The Lunch Box" Best Director 1. Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" 2. Jonathan Glazer, "Under the Skin" 3. Pawel Pawlikowski, "Ida" 4. Spike Jonze, "Her" 5. Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" 6. Andrey Zvyagintsev, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The best picture race is always a sign of the times, as the films reflect the hopes, fears and mindset of filmmakers and audiences.
Many of the 2014 contenders indicate that a lot of people in the film biz are evidently concerned about health — and specifically mental health.
This year features a lot of best picture contenders centered on psychotic manipulation — “Foxcatcher,” “Gone Girl,” “Unbroken” and “Whiplash” — or people who have gone loco (“The Homesman”). There are also a lot of psychos in “Big Eyes,” “Nightcrawler” and “Rosewater,” Oscar contenders in several key categories. “Rosewater,” like “Unbroken,” features protagonists dealing with crazed captors. In most of the other films, the behavior is scary in a different way, because it’s presented in everyday circumstances.
- Tim Gray
Yesterday, the first set clip (below), hit the net for the upcoming James Bond 24 "Spectre" action flick, and it features Daniel Craig in action as James Bond on a speed boat at the River Thames in England with Rory Kinnear aka Tanner. The clip lasts for just over a minute and just basically shows a pretty relaxed speed boat outing. Nothing too exciting. Check it out,below. The movie stars: Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Naomi Harris, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Rory Kinnear, Andrew Scott, and Dave Bautista. In the new flick: A cryptic message from Bond’s past, will end up, sending him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond will peel back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre." It's due to hit theaters on November 6th, »
Wes Anderson’s gleeful, absurdist adventure “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took home top honors in the 2014 Online Film Critics Society Awards (of which I am a member). It also won Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Other big winners include Richard Linklater’s decades-in-making experiment “Boyhood,” which took home Best Director and Best Supporting Actress honors for Patricia Arquette, and “Birdman,” which was honored with Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards for Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, respectively. Complete list of winners: Best Picture: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Best Animated Feature: “The Lego Movie” Best Film Not in the English Language: “Two Days, One Night” Best Documentary: “Life Itself” Best Director: Richard Linklater – “Boyhood” Best Actor: Michael Keaton – Birdman Best Actress: Rosamund Pike – “Gone Girl” Best Supporting Actor: Edward Norton – “Birdman” Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette »
- Eric M. Armstrong
From the very moment that Christoph Waltz was rumored to be involved in Sam Mendes’ Spectre, many had assumed that the celebrated actor would take on the role of one Ernst Stavro Blofeld — a supervillain held up as James Bond’s true archnemesis. However, when Mendes formally revealed the 24th installment in the long-running franchise a fortnight ago, it turned out that Waltz’s character was instead named Oberhauser. Still, that hasn’t quelled those Blofeld rumors.
When asked the question by Collider at a press event for Big Eyes — Tim Burton’s eclectic period drama — the Oscar winning actor ruled out the possibility of Blofeld’s involvement as the head of Spectre…or did he?
“No. No. It’s more interesting than that,” Waltz said.
It’s hardly one to stop the presses, but Waltz’s quote does bring up some intriguing possibilities. Could it be that Mendes and »
- Michael Briers
Though Circuit underdogs "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Inherent Vice" came close to the top prize, the Toronto Film Critics Association followed suit on Tuesday when it named Richard Linklater’s "Boyhood" as the best film of 2014. Collectively, the group called it "a cinematic masterpiece that evokes beauty in life and the inevitable passage of time," adding an honor to Linklater for his "singular achievement." Additional Tfca awards include another Best Actor win for Tom Hardy in "Locke" and a much-needed nod to Isao Takahata’s stunning animated drama "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya." Along with its award winners, Tfca named Denis Villeneuve’s "Enemy," Michael Dowse’s "The F Word," and Xavier Dolan’s "Mommy" as its three finalists for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award. “In an exceptional year for Canadian cinema, we’ve chosen three boldly directed films that are so dissimilar it’s almost hard »
- Matt Patches
Birdman, Boyhood and a host of now regulars on the awards circuit were among the top films listed in the 20th Critics' Choice Movie Awards nominations Monday, but it was Wes Anderson's darkly whimsical The Grand Budapest Hotel that surprised with 11 nominations.
In addition to nods for the film, the direction, the script and the cinematography, star Ralph Fiennes was also recognized in two acting categories: best actor and best actor in a comedy.
Though beloved by critics and a box office success, The Grand Budapest Hotel was seen as a dark horse in the awards race due in part to its March release date. But after earning four Golden Globe nominations last week, the quirky film could be rising in awards stature as Hollywood awaits the start of Oscar nominations voting.
Birdman scored the most nominations, though, with 13 in categories such as best picture and best director. LeadMichael »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Richard Linklater's Boyhood has won another awards season victory, this time coming top in the Criticwire end of year poll, where it beat off stiff competition from existential Scottish science fiction film Under The Skin and Wes Anderson romp The Grand Budapest Hotel. Linklater also took Best Director while the film won Best Editing and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette.
Wes Anderson's film was a strong contender in several categories and won Best Actor for Ralph Fiennes - a rare accolade for a comic performance - as well as Best Screenplay. Under The Skin, which seemed perpetually doomed to be a runner up, too Best Soundtrack, while Birdman, shortlisted in seven categories, won Best Cinematography.
Criticwire runs one of the few truly international polls, with critics contributing from all aroubd the world.
Those results in full:-
Best Picture Boyhood
Best Director Richard Linklater »
- Jennie Kermode
Best Picture “Boyhood” (Mongrel Media) Runners-up “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Fox Searchlight) “Inherent Vice” (Warner Bros.) Best Actor Tom Hardy, “Locke” Runners-up Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Jake Gyllenhaal, »
- Sasha Stone
Sneak Peek UK set footage, plus images from director Sam Mendes' next 'James Bond' movie, "Spectre", currently shooting a scene on the Thames River, with actor Daniel Craig as '007' alongside actor Roy Kinner as 'Tanner' in a moving speedboat:
"...a cryptic message from the past of 'Bond', sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While 'M' battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind 'Spectre'..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Spectre"......
- Michael Stevens
However, during the official casting announcement, it was revealed that Waltz will play the character Oberhauser who was Bond’s mentor in the Ian Fleming novels. Stil,l, fans are still not buying this and believe this is all misdirection from the fact Waltz will play Blofeld.
In an interview with Collider whilst promoting his latest movie Big Eyes, Waltz was asked if he was playing the head of Spectre in the latest Bond film, to which he responded: “No. No. It’s more interesting than that.”
Check out his reaction to the question below…
Do you think Waltz is telling the truth? Let us know…
Spectre is set for release in the UK on October 23rd 2015 in the UK and November 6th 2015 in the States. »
- Thomas Roach
Belvedere Vodka has announced a collaboration with new James Bond movie Spectre.
The company will release two limited edition bottles in celebration of the company's partnership with the upcoming film.
Belvedere's Silver Sabre bottles will also feature a new 007 twist as part of the campaign, which will be launched in February 2015.
Professor James Chapman, author of the cultural history of James Bond Licence to Thrill, said: "Bond's drinking habits have always been a central aspect of the James Bond lifestyle.
"Fleming's Bond famously invented the 'Vesper' martini in Casino Royale, and the vodka martini was there for special occasions such as his dinner at M's club Blades (Moonraker) and his sumptuous dinner with American millionaire Mr Du Pont (Goldfinger). And of course, a world-class super villain such as Dr No would not dream of serving anything else.
Spectre: First look pictures as Bond movie films in Central London
The awards were voted by the Tfca at a meeting on the afternoon of December 14. The group announced the three finalists for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award: Enemy, directed by Denis Villeneuve; The F Word, directed by Michael Dowse; and Mommy, directed by Xavier Dolan.
As previously reportted, the 2014 recipient of the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award is Piers Handling who will present a filmmaker »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Reflecting on the movies released during 2014 and it’s fair to say there have been some fine performances from a number of the industry’s biggest talents – it’s certainly a promising sign for an exciting Academy Awards ceremony in the spring of next year.
Timothy Spall proved that grunting and groaning could impart far more than you’d ever realised about a character in the biopic Mr. Turner, while another great British thespian, Ralph Fiennes, joined a perfect ensemble cast in Wes Anderson’s charming The Grand Budapest Hotel as a perfectionist with an engaging degree of eccentricities.
Established American actors delivered some truly sterling performances, too. Julianne Moore’s turn as an academic suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice was a compassionate exploration of a subject which could all too easily have drifted into Hollywood tearjerker territory, while J. K. Simmons notched up »
- Andrew Dilks
The Broadcast Film Critics Association has today announced the nominations for the 20th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, with Birdman once again leading the pack with thirteen nods, followed by Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel with eleven and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood with eight. All three will content Best Picture along with Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler, Selma, The Theory of Everything, Unbroken and Whiplash.
Check out the full list of nominations here…
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
- Gary Collinson
This tally will change throughout the day and certainly the week as more organizations declare 2014 superlatives, but at present, critics and precursor Best Picture honors break down thusly: seven for "Boyhood," two for "Birdman" and one each for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Ida," "A Most Violent Year," "Nightcrawler," "Selma" and "Snowpiercer." But "Birdman" and "Grand Budapest" have led the lion's share of nominations announcements, making it clear, if this morning's Bfca list hadn't crystallized it, that the season's critical darlings are Wes Anderson, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Richard Linklater. Of course, the only one of those films that needed the boost was "The Grand Budapest Hotel." A March release that was always going to count on being brought back around by these groups, the film is having its "oh yeah" moment for voters who might be looking to take another peek, or move it on up the screener pile if »
- Kristopher Tapley
Though the Indiana Film Journalists Association have chimed in with the usual at the top, as "Boyhood" took Best Film and Best Director honors, their decisions in a few areas are pretty interesting. Ralph Fiennes for Best Actor, for instance, and "Under the Skin" for score. The runner-ups throughout are pretty nifty if you're getting tired of the usual. However, the group erroneously awarded "Whiplash" in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. Though there was a short film, Damien Chazelle's script was written prior to its production. The short, in fact, was simply a scene from the script filmed to raise funds for the feature. I think someone overthought that one. Anyway, check out the full list of winners below and lose yourself in The Circuit. Best Film "Boyhood" (Runner-up: "Whiplash") Top 10 "Boyhood" "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Guardians of the Galaxy" "The Imitation Game »
- Kristopher Tapley
Individual critics groups are starting to weigh in with their picks for the very best of the year, and now the largest group of critics has unveiled its list of nominees for the 20th Critics Choice Movie Awards. Made up of members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Critics Choice Awards recognize films and performances from all genres, with separate categories for Comedy, Action, etc. Leading the pack in terms of quantity is Birdman with 13 nominations, followed by The Grand Budapest Hotel which raked in 11 nominations including Ralph Fiennes for Best Actor. The brilliant Selma also fared well with 6 nods overall, and Unbroken rebounded a bit after being shut out of SAG and the Golden Globes with 6 nominations. Additionally, you’ll find plenty of love for Guardians of the Galaxy and Edge of Tomorrow in the Action categories. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump. The »
- Adam Chitwood
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