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Chris Ullrich’s Best Films of 2009

31 December 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

2009 was a great year for films in general, particularly if you’re a fan of the sci-fi genre. The year also saw the return of a beloved franchise to the big screen as well as the latest film by one of our best modern directors. And even with the current condition of the country and the economy, audiences still managed to fill theaters and the movies enjoyed record breaking successes that hopefully will continue on into the new year.

Even with all the great movies in 2009, there were also some not so great ones. Sadly, there will always be some real bombs, but that’s to be expected. Fortunately, there were also quite a few standouts that helped keep us entertained, enthralled and excited about going to the movies in 2009.

As usual with lists of this type, I need to disclaim and say this is my list of what I »

- Chris Ullrich

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Julian Roman's Top 10 Films of 2009

30 December 2009 10:51 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A new decade begins on a high note as we look back at an exceptional year in film. 3D and the IMAX format have finally taken hold. What was once gimmickry and the sole realm of documentaries are now exciting cinematic experiences for audiences of all ages. Leading the charge was James Cameron's visionary Avatar. The long awaited science fiction epic surpassed considerable expectations with its breathtaking special effects and scope. But while the colossus reins supreme, smaller films like Lee Daniels Precious and Jason Reitman's Up in the Air resonated with their captivating performances. I am optimistic for 2010, but wonder where the hell are the flying cars and hover boards?Top Ten Films of 2009#1 Avatar There are not enough superlatives to describe this film. Writer/Director James Cameron has once again taken us to a new frontier. Jake Sully's (Sam Worthington) odyssey on Pandora is akin to Dances with Wolves in space. »

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: It has been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan, who started it as a household name with the label of a modern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: Its been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan who started it as a household name with labels of a moodern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit cartoon series »

- Garth Franklin

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The Road

15 December 2009 5:00 AM, PST | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Director: John Hillcoat Writers: Joe Penhall, (novel by Cormac McCarthy) Cinematographer: Javier Aguirresarobe Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron Studio/Run Time: Dimension Films, 113 mins. Faithful adaptation paves way for heartrending performances Within the first 15 minutes of The Road, Viggo Mortensen’s nameless survivor finds himself defending his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) from a pedophilic cannibal, then washing said predator’s splattered brains from the boy’s hair. This combination of unflinching brutality and father-of-the-year tenderness lies at the heart of the latest film inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s apocaliterature, and the result is a victory in every sense. »

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Review: ‘The Road’ is one of the best adaptations in recent years

15 December 2009 4:34 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Just two years ago The Coen Brothers directed one of the best adaptations of recent years – No Country for Old Men. What made that ten times more difficult was that the novel was by the masterful Cormac McCarthy, easily one of the worldʼs elite writers. Now, adapting a novel as introverted and thoughtful as The Road was an even more ridiculous idea, considering the content of the novel itself. The Road tells the story of a father (Viggo Mortensen) and son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) trekking across a post-apocalyptic United States in order to arrive at the coast for the simple reason of finding others, food and shelter. The world has been decimated by an unknown culprit, which is never explained, but ultimately doesnʼt matter. Civilization has been largely wiped out, but it seems a majority of the remaining survivors have been stripped of their humanity; groups of people have resorted to »

- Justin Webb

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Anna Kendrick Nominated for 2010 Critics' Choice Awards

15 December 2009 12:22 AM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) has unraveled the nominees for the 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Monday, December 14, and Anna Kendrick comes out as one of the noms' recipient. The actress who is recently seen starring as Jessica Stanley in "The Twilight Saga's New Moon" is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

She received the nod for her portrayal of Natalie Keener in "Up in the Air". For the title, she will have to compete with co-star Vera Farmiga as well as some other contenders, Marion Cotillard of "Nine", Mo'Nique of "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire", Julianne Moore of "A Single Man" and Samantha Morton of "The Messenger".

Her being nominated for Best Supporting Actress brought "Up in the Air" nomination collection to eight in total. The drama movie also collected counts from leading man George Clooney who is up for Best Actor and director Jason Reitman for Best Directing, »

- celebrity-mania.com

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Bfca Goes Wild For Nine, Basterds and Avatar

14 December 2009 4:12 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

I am shocked to report that my new membership did not singlehandedly or significantly increase their taste levels, he said sarcastically. A few of the following nominations are hard to justify qualitatively speaking but you can't always get what you want. Again Oscar punditry combined with 'I just unwrapped this gift' excitement seem to have replaced careful consideration of what the year had to offer. But then it does appear as if only about 15 movies truly existed this year. In fact six movies Inglourious Basterds, Nine, Avatar, Up in the Air, The Hurt Locker, Precious and The Lovely Bones account for 48% of all the nominations. Crazy.

Am I just grumpy because they think The Lovely Bones (6 nominations) is better looking and The Blind Side (2 nominations) better acted than the exquisite Bright Star (1 nomination only)? I find those two judgment calls totally unsupportable. The abundant nominations for the garish and messy »

- NATHANIEL R

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Are You Interested in the Smaller Awards of Awards Season?

14 December 2009 11:30 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Now that awards season is fully revving up, all sorts of nominations are coming out, e.g. the Independent Spirit Awards announcement two weeks ago or tomorrow's Golden Globes list. (Check in early for that, as I'll be posting all of the nods). Just this morning, the Critics' Choice nominees were released, with Inglourious Basterds and Nine earning a record-breaking ten nods each. I know that not everyone follows the Critics' Choice Awards or perhaps the American Film Institute's honors (which were also just announced), but I enjoy checking out their lists as a sort of sneak peek for the bigger name honors later in the season. While Inglourious Basterds hasn't been leading the pack for Academy Awards buzz, this news makes me curious to see if Brad Pitt and his rebels pop up again as the awards nods keep rolling in. How do you feel about smaller awards programs? »

- BuzzSugar

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What should I do? – 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

14 December 2009 9:40 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, Inglorious Basterds, Avatar

It’s my first year voting. There is a 0.01% chance that I will listen to your opinion over mine. But, I’m saying there is a chance. So, what would you vote for? The Critics’ Choice Awards air on Vh-1 on January 15. I will post my voting ballot then. If you had a vote, where would it go?

Avatar might get my visual votes, but nothing else. My personal sadness is the exclusion of Away We Go.

Complete Coverage of the 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

15th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

Complete Nominees of the 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

What should I do? – 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

Best Picture

Avatar

An Education

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

Invictus

Nine

Precious

A Serious Man

Up

Up In The Air

Best Actor

Jeff Bridges – “Crazy Heart

George Clooney – “Up In The Air »

- Jeff Bayer

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'Inglourious Basterds' and 'Nine' Lead the Way with the Predictable Bfca

14 December 2009 9:34 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Broadcast Film Critics Association likes to think of themselves as the most significant awards predicting the Oscar nominees and winners. Considering they open their categories to six nominees when need be it makes for very few surprises with any of them. So of course their noms will closely mirror the Oscars, it also makes for quite the predictable group of awards. As a matter of fact I don't think you will be surprised by a single nominee below as their selections seem more like an Oscar prediction table than an actual group trying to award what they feel are the best in the business. This may very well be what they believe the best in the business to be, but if your only value is to be an early Oscars preview what's the point?

Either way, Inglourious Basterds and Nine received the most mentions with 10 nominations each. You tell me, »

- Brad Brevet

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Complete Nominees for 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

14 December 2009 9:32 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The awards season is upon us. The Golden Globes are coming. The Oscars will be here. For now, it’s the 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

This is my first year as a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (Bfca).

Complete Coverage of the 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

15th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

Complete Nominees of the 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

What should I do? – 15th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

Here is the complete list of nominees …

Best Picture

Avatar

An Education

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

Invictus

Nine

Precious

A Serious Man

Up

Up In The Air

Best Actor

Jeff Bridges – “Crazy Heart

George Clooney – “Up In The Air

Colin Firth – “A Single Man

Morgan Freeman – “Invictus

Viggo Mortensen – “The Road

Jeremy Renner – “The Hurt Locker

Best Actress

Emily Blunt – “The Young Victoria

Sandra Bullock – “The Blind Side

Carey Mulligan – “An Education

Saoirse Ronan »

- Jeff Bayer

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'Inglourious Basterds,' 'Nine' Lead Critics' Choice Noms

14 December 2009 9:22 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Brad Pitt's "Inglourious Basterds" and Penelope Cruz's "Nine" are tied with 10 nominations each for the 15th annual "Critics' Choice Awards." The show, hosted by Kristin Chenoweth, airs live on VH1 Jan. 15 at 9 Pm E.S.T.

Below, the complete nomination list:

Best Picture

"Avatar"

"An Education"

"The Hurt Locker"

"Inglourious Basterds"

"Invictus"

"Nine"

"Precious"

"A Serious Man"

"Up"

"Up In The Air"

Best Actor

Jeff Bridges - "Crazy Heart"

George Clooney - "Up In The Air »

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'Inglourious Basterds,' 'Nine' go for 10 with Critics Choice nominations

14 December 2009 7:49 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Nazi-hunting soldiers will be taking on singers and dancers for Critics Choice gold.

"Inglourious Basterds" and "Nine" each scored 10 nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and will be going head to head for Best Picture, Best Ensemble and Best Costume Design.

The Bfca today released its list of nominees for the 2009 awards. "Basterds" and "Nine" will be taking on "Avatar" (nine noms), "Up in the Air" and "The Hurt Locker" (with eight each).

The 15th annual Critics Choice Awards ceremony will be broadcast at 9 p.m. Eastern Jan. 15 on VH1.

The nominees are:

Best Picture

Nominees:

• Avatar

• An Education

• The Hurt Locker

• Inglourious Basterds

• Invictus

• Nine

• Precious

• A Serious Man

• Up

• Up In The Air

Best Actor

Nominees:

• Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart

• George Clooney - Up In The Air

• Colin Firth - A Single Man »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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"Inglourious Basterds," "Nine" Lead Nominations for 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards

14 December 2009 7:43 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (yes, I'm a proud voting member!) has announced the nominees for the 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

The winners will be announced at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards live on Friday, January 15, 2009 at 9:00 Pm Et/Pt. This year's event will take place at the Hollywood Palladium and will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth. For the third year in a row VH1 will broadcast the gala live on the network.

"Inglourious Basterds" and "Nine" each received an unprecedented ten nominations for the 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. "Inglourious Basterds" garnered nods for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design and Best Action Movie. "Nine" received nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound and Best Song. »

- Manny

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'Basterds,' 'Nine, lead Critics' Choice noms

14 December 2009 12:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The World War II tale "Inglourious Basterds" and the Rome-set musical "Nine," both releases from the Weinstein Co., led the list of nominees for the Broadcast Film Critics Assn.'s 15th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, announced early Monday, with ten nominations each.

The 3-D sci-fi film "Avatar" followed close behind with nine noms, while "The Hurt Locker" and "Up in the Air" received eight nominations each.

The awards, which will be handed out on Jan. 15 at ceremonies broadcast from the Hollywood Palladium by Vh-1, expanded this year from 17 to 25 categories, adding seven technical categories and separating its screenplay category into original and adapted slots.

Since the critics group also includes genre categories like best action movie and best comedy as well as awards for best acting ensemble and best young actor/actress, that opened the door for plenty of multiple nominations.

Saoirse Ronanl, the 15-year-old actress who plays a »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Tracking Shot November 2009: Beginners, Black Swan, Let Me In

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

At the beginning of every month, Ioncinema.com's "Tracking Shot" features a handful of projects that we feel are worth signaling out and that are moments away from lensing. As we get closer to holiday dates productions tend to drop, so this November we are keeping tabs on only a handful of projects. - At the beginning of every month, Ioncinema.com's "Tracking Shot" features a handful of projects that we feel are worth signaling out and that are moments away from lensing. As we get closer to holiday dates productions tend to drop, so this November we are keeping tabs on only a handful of projects. Mike Mills is finally getting to work on his sophomore feature which would see Ewan McGregor play a young man rocked by two announcements from his elderly father (Christopher Plummer)…one, that he has terminal cancer, and two, that he »

- Ioncinema.com Staff

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In the Moment

10 December 2009 11:03 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

"If I were God, I would have made the world just so, and no different."The line is said by the Man in the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's best-selling and Pulitzer Prize–winning novel "The Road."In the story, an unnamed apocalypse has laid waste to the earth and most of humanity, leaving a few lost souls—including people driven to cannibalism—wandering a scarred landscape. This includes the Man, played in the film by Viggo Mortensen, and his son, known only as the Boy, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee. For Mortensen, the line is key to understanding the theme of the story: that the Man embraces this desolate world because he has his son with him.Beautiful in its bleakness, "The Road" isn't an easy sell, a fact Mortensen is well aware of. A fan of McCarthy, the actor had read most of the author's novels (including "No Country for Old Men »

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International Trailer: The Road

4 December 2009 4:01 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Here’s a the brand new International trailer for Viggo Mortensen’s post apocalytic movie, The Road. Jon was lucky enough to see it at the London Film Festival and you can read his review here.

The Road is directed by John Hillcoat and also stars Kodi Smit McPhee, Guy pearce, Robert Duvall and Charlize Theron. It’s out 8th January so not too long to wait to see it.

Synopsis: From Cormac McCarthy, author of No Country For Old Men, comes the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of the beloved, best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road.

Academy Award-nominee Viggo Mortensen leads an all-star cast featuring Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce and young newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee in this epic post-apocalyptic tale of the survival of a father (Mortsensen) and his young son (Smit-McPhee) as they journey across a barren America that was destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm.

A masterpiece adventure, »

- David Sztypuljak

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The Road Movie Review

1 December 2009 8:00 PM, PST | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

The world has ended. Ash blots out the sun. The trees stand barren, waiting their turn to fall or erupt in flame. Nothing green has grown out of the earth, nor animal stirred for years now. The human race is on its last legs and most have taken to cannibalism simply to survive. This is the world where a man (Viggo Mortensen) struggles each day to keep himself and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) alive. They are “carrying the fire,” doing their best to be good people in a world where nice guys starve to death or get eaten.

The Road isn’t about the end of the world though, that’s already happened. The Road is about a man and his son, constantly on the brink of despair and defeat, yet obstinately refusing to give up. The film’s pace is as slow and rhythmic as the characters’ trudging feet, »

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