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Sony Pictures 2010 Sneak Preview

31 December 2009 10:42 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony PIctures has released a sneak peak at their upcoming slate of 2010 releases. The films include Legion, Dear John, The Bounty Hunter, Death At A Funeral, Takers, The Karate Kid, Grown Ups, Salt, The Other Guys, Eat Pray Love, Priest, Born To Be A Star, The Roomate, The Social Network, Burlesque, and The Green Hornet.Legion - January 22nd In the supernatural action thriller Legion, an out-of-the-way diner becomes the unlikely battleground for the survival of the human race. When God loses faith in Mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity's only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany).Dear John - February 5th Directed by Lasse Hallstr&#246m and based on the novel by best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, Dear John tells the story of John Tyree (Channing Tatum), a young soldier home on leave, »

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Top 100 Tuesday: 100 Best Movies of the Decade

29 December 2009 4:43 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

We are leaving Kubrick behind and fast approaching Hyams.  If you get that reference, go grab yourself a cookie.  It is time for us to reflect back on the decade that was.  On January 1st, 2000, Disney released Fantasia 2000.  On Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, The White Ribbon is set to bow.  Between the release of these two films, thousands of films came and went, and some of them were far more memorable than others.  It was a long trek getting this list together, but here are our collective top 100 films of the past decade.

Quick Year-to-Year by the Numbers:

2009 – 11

2008 – 11

2007 – 7

2006 – 14

2005 – 12

2004 – 8

2003 – 7

2002 – 12

2001 – 10

2000 – 8

100. Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Clint Eastwood

99. Juno (2007) – Jason Reitman

98. An Education (2009) – Lone Scherfig

97. Spider-man 2 (2004) – Sam Raimi

96. Munich (2005) – Steven Spielberg

95. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) – Wes Anderson

94. The King Of Kong (2007) – Seth Gordon

93. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus

92. Clerks 2 (2006) – Kevin Smith

91. Femme Fatale (2002) – Brian De Palma

90. Tasogare Seibei »

- Movie Geeks

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He Said – He Said … Top Films of the Decade

28 December 2009 4:18 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

He Said – He Said … The Top 7 Films of the Decade

Our lists are done. We’ve checked them twice (and then some). Now there is only one thing left to do, complain, rant and argue. It’s time for the He Said – He Said … Top 7 Films of the Decade.

It’s He (Jeff Bayer) and his list …

7. Inglourious Basterds

6. Moulin Rouge!

5. Michael Clayton

4. Memento

3. Wall-e

2. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

1. Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind

Versus

He (Nick Allen) and his list …

7. The Band’s Visit

6. Superbad

5. The Lives of Others

4. Adaptation

3. The Dark Knight

2. Talk to Her

1. There Will Be Blood

Complete Coverage of Top 7 Films of the Decade

Top 7 Films of the Decade by Jeff Bayer

Top 7 Movies of the Decade by Nick Allen

He Said – He Said … Top 7 Films of the Decade

Amazing. Not one movie in common. I’ve decided to let »

- Jeff Bayer

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(500) Days of Summer – Blu-ray

28 December 2009 3:54 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Blu-ray Review

(500) Days of Summer

Directed by: Marc Webb

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Clark Gregg

Running Time: 1 hr 36 mins

Rating: PG-13

Due Out: December 22, 2009

Buy (500) Days of Summer [Blu-ray] on Amazon

Plot: A boy (Gordon-Levitt) ready to fall in love meets a commitment phobic girl (Deschanel) and the two proceed to dance in and out of love over the course of 500 days.

Who’S It For? Do you think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is just a little bit of a romance? Are you sick of the standard fair of The Proposal being considered a quality romantic comedy? If so, then you’re the one to buy (500) Days of Summer.

Full Coverage of (500) Days of Summer

Scorecard Review of (500) Days of Summer)

Reel Reviews Video Review of (500) Days of Summer & The Ugly Truth

Video Interview with Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The Songs, Soundtrack & Dancing of (500) Days of »

- Jeff Bayer

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The Washington Post's Top Ten Films of the Decade

28 December 2009 11:02 AM, PST | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

These end-of-the-year lists are always an interesting read, and given that most people consider 2009 the last year of the decade, there are plenty of end-of-the-decade picks to go over as well. We're about two days away from publishing our own, so sit tight.

But for all the conversations that can be had about the best movie from this year, they're only magnified when you expand the playing field to include nine more years. So when you look at this new list from The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday, please remember how difficult this little game is.

To me, she has some strange choices at the top. Finding Nemo might not have been the best Pixar movie of the decade, and You Can Count on Me didn't shiver my timbers that much. But I'm not Ann Hornaday. There are, however, a couple titles we'll see a lot of on the end-of-the-decade countdowns, »

- Colin Boyd

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The Best Films of the Decade (aka "The Naughties")

27 December 2009 9:03 PM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Best Films Of The Decade (aka The Naughties) From Alex & Terry

List # 1

By Alex Simon

When Terry and I initially discussed writing these lists, I had a tough time thinking back on 20 films over the past decade which I was really taken with, thinking that movies have sunk so low over the past ten years, that even choosing a dozen would be a short-order job. Thirty minutes into it, my list had nearly 60 titles! After much cutting, pasting, and re-cutting and pasting, here are my top 20 films (in no particular order) of the first decade of the 21st century, dubbed by many as “the naughties.” --A.S.

1.No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007) An elegiac blend of stark beauty and full-throttle despair from two of our finest filmmakers, set in the contemporary American West. Every frame is damn near flawless, and would have been an even more perfect vehicle for the late Sam Peckinpah. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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IMDb, RottenTomatoes: Movies of the Decade

27 December 2009 2:29 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

At the end of the year, and especially the decade, you’re inundated with enough top lists that they themselves should be ranked.  Plenty of other websites and other media outlets have been counting down basically the same best movies, which is partially the reason I spared you the numbered trips down memory lane.  (But before I write myself into a hypocritical corner, I’ll still be doing my traditional top movies of the year list.  Hint: New Moon isn’t on it)

That being said, here are two definitive lists of note that highlight what was critically lauded this decade on RottenTomatoes.com and what the movie fans and voters on IMDb.com felt were the best the aughts had to offer.  Slashfilm compiled the top 20 from Rt and they snatched up the top 25 off IMDb for your look at how the decade fared in movies.

There are a few surprises on both lists, »

- Jeff Leins

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IMDb’s Top 25 Movies Of The Decade

27 December 2009 8:35 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

As compiled by SlashFilm… IMDb’s top 25 films of the decade, as voted by IMDb’s millions of users. And as SlashFilm noted, it might be easy for any of us to immediately dismiss this list as nothing but fanboy and fangirl contributions, however, this is definitely the largest sampling of opinions of all the other best of lists that we’ve seen so far, and will ever see… until some other site comes along that trumps IMDb in terms of user numbers.

So, here they are, accompanied by the year of release and number of votes received. They are ranked based on a combination of total votes and overall rating (which I didn’t include). So there are films that have more votes than others before them, but rank lower on the list due to their overall rating:

1. The Dark Knight (2008) 410,450

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King »

- Tambay

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

19 December 2009 11:50 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three »

- Garth Franklin

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Top 7 Movies of the Decade (another opinion)

19 December 2009 5:09 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

I have always struggled with the notion that perhaps movies, as a whole, are getting worse. As anyone who has seen what’s been playing for the past ten years will notice, there’s plenty of evidence to indicate that the brightness from the moving pictures is getting darker. Screenwriters and directors are sticking to formulas when hesitant to experiment with their creative juices, and at the same time, big studios are playing it safe by adapting anything in sight. But while many movies crowd up the marquee like a group of regular students with satisfying GPAs, cinema has still been able to continue thanks to true poindexters of the art, those who craft experiences so fulfilling and basically perfect that the deconstruction of “the movies” seems to still be a myth. With films like Talk to Her, Superbad, and There Will Be Blood, »

- Nick Allen

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'Twilight' crash scene makes 4th best 'Movie Moment of the Decade'

19 December 2009 2:01 PM, PST | Twilight Examiner | See recent Twilight Examiner news »

What was an absolutely pivotal scene for 2008's Twilight has made its mark on the film community. Moviefone has listed Twilight's car crash scene (with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson) as one of the "Top 25 Movie Moments of the Decade." Of course, the ... Uma Thurman's "Crazy 88" fight scene in Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Jim Carrey's memory loss warp scene in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, the bamboo forest scene in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Abigail Breslin's "Superfreak" dance in Little Miss Sunshine, the . . . medicinally enhanced scene in Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle, the first scene with Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, the . . . erm . . . wrestling match in Borat, Smeagol falling into the lava in The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, the first (and rainy) spidey kiss in Spider-Man, Javier Bardem's "heads or tails" show-down in No Country For Old Men, »

- thetwilightexaminer

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Metacritic's best- and worst-reviewed movies of the decade: How many have you seen?

18 December 2009 12:41 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Here's the perfect illustration of how critics and mainstream audiences don't always coincide. The site Metacritic has posted a list of the top-reviewed films of the past decade, and according to their data, Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth is No. 1 with a score of 98. Just below it is the Romanian drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (97). It's a great list, packed with terrific movies like The Hurt Locker (No. 5), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (No. 9), No Country for Old Men (No. 23) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (No. 42). But with the exception of a few titles — Pixar (duh) and The Lord of the Rings »

- Missy Schwartz

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100 best films of the noughties: Nos 11-90

18 December 2009 2:17 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Guardian film team's pick of the top 100 movies of the decade. Check back from 21 December as we unveil the top 10 day by day

11-20

11. Waltz With Bashir

12. Dig!

13. The Beat That My Heart Skipped

14. The Consequences of Love

15. No Country for Old Men

16. Silent Light

17. Japon

18. The Sun

19. What Time Is It There?

20. Before Sunset

21-30

21. Unrelated

22. One and a Two

23. Ivansxtc

24. Let the Right One In

25. Of Time and the City

26. When the Levees Broke

27. You Can Count on Me

28. A Serious Man

29. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

30. Control

31-40

31. The Death of Mr Lazarescu

32. Grizzly Man

33. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

34. Être et Avoir

35. Far from Heaven

36. Hidden

37. The Hurt Locker

38. Oldboy

39. The New World

40. The Piano Teacher

41-50

41. Spirited Away

42. Vera Drake

43. American Splendor

44. Capturing the Friedmans

45. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

46. Crimson Gold

47. A History of Violence

48. In the Mood for Love

49. Movern Callar

50. The Night of the Sunflowers »

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Top 7 Films of the Decade

17 December 2009 9:46 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

Only picking seven films kills me. There are many that will miss this list. But I’m not here to talk about the almosts, the close calls, the could’ve beens. No. Here, we shall only talk about the top seven films of the aughts.

Complete Coverage of Top 7 Films of the Decade

Top 7 Films of the Decade by Jeff Bayer

Top 7 Movies of the Decade by Nick Allen

He Said – He Said … Top 7 Films of the Decade

7. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Recap: A group of Jewish-American soldiers known as the “Inglourious Basterds” are making their way through Nazi occupied France, killing the Germans. But a German Colonel (Christoph Waltz) is out to get them, before they get him.

Reason: It’s really tough to pick a film from 2009 for this list. Have I given it the proper amount of time? Will I feel the same way? »

- Jeff Bayer

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The Hurt Locker Wins Gold In Austin

16 December 2009 1:56 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Hurt Locker has won another major film prize from the Austin Film Critics Association in Texas.

The hard-hitting war movie has been named the group's Best Film of 2009, while director Kathryn Bigelow picked up the organisation's Best Director award.

The film also landed a Best Cinematography award.

Inglourious Basterds was also a three-win film in Austin, claiming honours for Best Actress (Melanie Laurent), Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and Best Original Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino).

Colin Firth was named Best Actor for his work in A Single Man and Anna Kendrick claimed another Best Supporting Actress honour for Up In The Air. Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner received the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Up In The Air.

Austin critics named Me & Orson Welles star Christian McKay their Breakthrough Artist Award and local hero Richard Linklater landed his second Austin Film Award, which is given to the best local director or locally made film.

Family film Up won gold in the Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score fields and Cary Fukunaga's Spanish-language thriller Sin Nombre was named Best Foreign Language Film, while the Best Documentary honour went to Sacha Gervasi's Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Meanwhile, Jim Carrey's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was named the Austin critics' Best Film of the Decade, ahead of There Will Be Blood and The Lord of The Rings. »

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Curio: Film Posters by Claudia Varosio

16 December 2009 11:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Alexa here from Pop Elegantiarum with a quick pretty picture break. I find too many film posters to be utterly devoid of style; it's pretty disappointing when a great film gets a poster that looks like it should be on the back of a cereal box. (Just check out the overwhelmingly lame offerings for 2009.) So I just have to give a shout-out to illustrator Claudia Varosio. Her film posters are completely original, and give you the feeling of seeing the movie for the first time, through someone else's (very hip) eyes. She has a fabulous way of distilling films to a single, iconic image (and not in that awful animated Terminator Salvation way):

like the masks in Eyes Wide Shut,

or a Lacuna, Inc. file cabinet from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,

or the 50 eggs in Cool Hand Luke. Check out more of Claudia's stylish universe here.

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- Alexa

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Austin Film Critics Association Announces 2009 Winners

16 December 2009 8:00 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The Austin Film Critics Association announced their annual awards on Tuesday. The best movie of the year honor went to director Kathyrn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, a drama about a bomb disposal unit based in Baghdad, Iraq. Bigelow was also awarded Best Director, and the film, which played SXSW 2009, won the Best Cinematography category for Barry Ackroyd's work.

The Austin Film Award, given to a movie directed by a local filmmaker or shot in Austin, went to Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles. The film, which Jette reviewed, also won an award for Best Breakthrough Performance by Christian McKay, who played Welles.

The local critics' group awarded Best Original Screenplay to Austin favorite writer/director Quentin Tarantino's WWII-era movie Inglourious Basterds. Best Actress went to Melanie Laurent for her performance in the film, which we reviewed, with my personal favorite Christoph Waltz winning Best Supporting Actor.

Best »

- Debbie Cerda

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Austin Film Critics Agree, The Hurt Locker is Best of ‘09

16 December 2009 7:05 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The wonderful group of fine professional film critics and journalists known as the Austin Film Critics Association -- a group that includes the membership of yours truly and Fsr Managing Editor Dr. Cole Abaius -- has announced its award winners for the year 2009. Within said winners are plenty of unsurprising results, including the unanimous support for Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, which took home Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography. We also delivered the Best Actor award to Colin Firth, whose performance in A Single Man seems to have him right in the Oscar hunt with George Clooney (Up in the Air) and Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart). Among the surprises, Mélanie Laurent came out of nowhere to take Best Actress for her role in Inglourious Basterds, with co-star Christoph Waltz winning yet another Best Supporting Actor award (I wonder if he'll win the Oscar...) Two fantastic choices (my votes, for »

- Neil Miller

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Austin Honors 'The Hurt Locker'

16 December 2009 6:54 AM, PST | AMC - Script to Screen | See recent AMC - Script to Screen news »

In what's just becoming a trend, Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" was awarded best film by the Austin Film Critics Association.

"The Hurt Locker" took honors for film and director. Other winners included "Inglourious Basterds" and "Up in the Air."

The whole list:

Best Film:

The Hurt Locker

Best Director:

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Best Actor:

Colin Firth, A Single Man

Best Actress:

Mélanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actor:

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress:

Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

Best Original Screenplay:

Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Up in the Air, Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Best Cinematography:

The Hurt Locker, Barry Ackroyd

Best Original Score:

Up, Michael Giacchino

Best Foreign Language Film:

Sin Nombre, Cary Fukunaga

Best Documentary:

Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Best Animated Feature:

Up

Best First Film:

District 9, Neill Blomkamp

Breakthrough Artist Award:

Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles »

- Christina Warren

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