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Review of the decade: Peter Bradshaw's noughties round-up

7 December 2009 3:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood struggled to respond to the war on terror, documentaries went through a golden age, and Michael Haneke was the noughties' moral conscience

If it is possible to whimper at the volume of a bang, then that is how this decade is ending on the big screen: with two high-profile, high-budget movies about the end of the world: Roland Emmerich's cheerfully silly 2012, and John Hillcoat's cheerlessly serious The Road, which arrive with a good deal of commentary to the effect that these movies typify the zeitgeist of the decade.

The noughties – that jokey word coined in the carefree 90s – are seen as damaged, injured, traumatised. The decade looks cracked from top to bottom by a sensational act of terrorism; by a reaction that achieved neither political palliative nor military success; by the confrontation between first-world prosperity and developing-world poverty; by the coming environmental catastrophe that threatens to engulf both; and finally, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Academy Selects 15 Documentary Hopefuls to its Shortlist

18 November 2009 8:38 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The AMPAS has chosen 15 films from the qualifying 89 documentaries to its shortlist. The hopefuls, vying for a final spot in the Documentary Feature category of the 82nd Academy Awards, are listed below, but the list is not without a bit of controversy. Some prominent omissions include the acclaimed smash Anvil! The Story of Anvil, James Toback's Tyson, and, most notably, Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story. Moore's previous film Sicko was nominated in 2008 and his documentary Bowling for Columbine won an Oscar in 2003. However, the 15 documentaries listed below are still all more than deserving of a selection. The Beaches of Agnes - Directed by Agnes Varda Burma VJ - Directed by Anders Ostergaard The Cove - Directed by Louie Psihoyos Every Little Step - Directed by James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo Facing Ali - Directed by Pete McCormack Food, Inc. - Directed by Robert Kenner Garbage Dreams »

- Brandon Lee Tenney

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Weekend Report: 'Couples Retreat' Advances, 'Paranormal Activity' Spikes

12 October 2009 11:48 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

While weekend business as a whole was relatively modest for the time of year (albeit up seven percent from last year), the sole new nationwide release Couples Retreat, the spreading Paranormal Activity and holdovers Zombieland and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs all boasted impressive showings.

Landing smack dab in the middle of the debut weekends for star Vince Vaughn's previous relationship comedies Four Christmases and The Break-Up, Couples Retreat attracted $34.3 million on approximately 3,800 screens at 3,000 sites, claiming the highest-grossing Columbus Day weekend gross on record ahead of the similarly-appealing Meet the Parents (which still had greater attendance). In its marketing, the picture was presented in the same vein as Meet the Parents and the other Vaughn movies, featuring relatable themes and verbal and slapstick humor, topped off with a sunny vacation setting. Distributor Universal Pictures' exit polling indicated that the "humor" and "Vince Vaughn" were the top »

- Brandon Gray

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Weekend Report: 'Zombieland' Livens Up Horror Comedy Genre

5 October 2009 2:14 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The moribund horror comedy sub-genre showed a glimmer of vitality with the ripsnorting debut of Zombieland, which yanked $24.7 million out of around 3,900 screens at 3,036 sites. Despite Zombieland and the continued strength of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the Toy Story franchise, though, overall weekend business was off six percent from the same period last year, when Beverly Hills Chihuahua ruled, and on the low end for the timeframe.

In the realm of zombie movies, Zombieland had the second highest-grossing start on record behind the Dawn of the Dead remake, but, more importantly, it was the first horror comedy in recent memory to find significant theatrical success. The only horror comedies to claim greater initial attendance in the past two decades were the Scary Movie pictures, but they primarily appealed as spoofs. Failure is the norm, with movies like Jennifer's Body and Snakes on a Plane among the corpses. »

- Brandon Gray

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Box Office Goes To Zombieland

5 October 2009 2:25 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The undead hordes swept the box office in the Us this weekend, with rom-zom-com Zombieland marching straight to the top with a pretty respectable $25 million opening weekend. In its wake was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, falling off the top after two weeks, and the re-released double-bill of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3D in third. The moral of this story? If you're not in 3D, you better have zombies.The Invention of Lying came in fourth with $7.35m, which was better than Gervais' Ghost Town but down on similar 'what if' comedies like Liar Liar. Surrogates followed, with a 50% drop on last week, and then was Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story, which expanded to wide release but still made only $4.85m, less even than Sicko nevermind Fahrenheit 9/11 or Bowling for Columbine.New release Whip It!, about a girl rollerskating team, followed that with a »

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Box Office Report: 'Zombieland' rises to the top with $25 million

4 October 2009 10:07 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Thanks in part to a killer trailer and strong word-of-mouth, Zombieland was alive and kicking at the box office, scaring up $25 million for the top spot, according to early estimates from Hollywood.com Box Office. The Sony Pictures release marks the best debut of star Woody Harrelson's career, and very well could kick off the umpteenth revival of the undead at your local cineplex. With its potent mix of big laughs and scares, the zombie comedy (or zomcom, as has quickly become the shorthand for the film in the blogosphere) looks to make a tidy killing in an October »

- Adam B. Vary

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Capitalism: A Love Story

2 October 2009 8:24 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Capitalism: A Love Story

Directed by: Michael Moore

Cast: Michael Moore, Wallace Shawn

Running Time: 2 hrs 5 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: October, 2 2009

Plot: This documentary tackles capitalism in America and how we’ve gone from the American dream to corporate dominance.

Who’S It For? Moore lovers, though I would say I was close to that group beforehand. Anyone that needs to wake up and pay attention to the struggles that the majority of the middle and lower class are going through … unfortunately they probably won’t be willing to see this film. I actually can’t recall why this film would be rated R. Maybe it was language.

Expectations: I have read one Moore book, and I’ve happily gobbled up his previous documentaries. I really liked Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 … I loved Sicko. Moore tackling the economy is something I (and many Americans) was ready for.

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- Jeff Bayer

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Capitalism: A Love Story | Review

2 October 2009 6:47 AM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Michael Moore Writer(s): Michael Moore Our most famous modern day muckraker, documentarian filmmaker and author Michael Moore, is at it again – this time with a no-holds-barred attack on our beloved Capitalist system. How dare he? This well-greased system is working perfectly…at least for the fat cat plutocrats of our country! Moore begins Capitalism: A Love Story with video surveillance footage of bank robberies (including one thief sporting a burnt orange Longhorns cap – go horns!) which serves two functions: an analogy of our government stealing from us (re: the Wall Street bailouts) and a glimpse of the social upheaval caused by raising unemployment rates. Moore then goes on to cover such topics as under-paid professions (such as airline pilots), worker strikes, dead peasant insurance, the mortgage crisis, and the Wall Street bailouts. Abiding by his usual modus operandi, Moore interjects a lot of stock footage into Capitalism: A Love Story, »

- Don Simpson

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Movie Review: Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

2 October 2009 5:11 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Michael Moore in Capitalism: A Love Story

Photo: Overture Films / Paramount Vantage I was telling a friend the hardest thing about reviewing a Michael Moore documentary is that I agree with so much of what he says, if not everything. As a result I find myself nodding my head at all the right moments and throwing my hands up in disgust at equally affecting turns. Does this mean he's fashioned a film of quality or just one that appeals to my sensibilities? To me that's a hard question to answer, especially considering we are talking about serious societal issues when it comes to Moore's docs.

As far as Capitalism: A Love Story is concerned I look at it as a return to the likes of Roger and Me and Bowling for Columbine, and this is without a doubt in my mind the unofficial sequel to Roger and Me simply on a much grander scope. »

- Brad Brevet

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 Passes to Michael Moore’s ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’ in Chicago

1 October 2009 1:05 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In our latest edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 admit-two run-of-engagement Chicago passes up for grabs to the new Michael Moore film “Capitalism: A Love Story”! “Capitalism: A Love Story” is written and directed by Michael Moore. Moore has also helmed “Sicko,” “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “Bowling for Columbine” and “Roger & Me”.

To win your free pass to “Capitalism: A Love Story” in Chicago courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, all you need to do is tell us what you think about U.S. capitalism in this Web-based submission form. That’s it! “Capitalism: A Love Story” opens in Chicago on Oct. 2, 2009. Directions to enter this HollywoodChicago.com Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The movie poster for Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story”.

Image credit: Overture Films

Here is the plot description for “Capitalism: A Love Story”:

On the 20-year anniversary of his groundbreaking masterpiece “Roger & Me, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Michael Moore: The Rt Interview

30 September 2009 8:14 AM, PDT | Rotten Tomatoes | See recent Rotten Tomatoes news »

Michael Moore has never been afraid to tackle big issues, from the struggles of American workers (Roger & Me) to health care (Sicko) to the war in Iraq (Fahrenheit 9/11). His latest, Capitalism: A Love Story, is no exception. Moore feels that capitalism is incompatible with democracy, and finds much evidence in the recent financial crisis that banks and corporations are responsible for the suffering of average Americans. Moore's lefty politics have made him a pariah of the right, but that hasn't necessarily been bad for his career; after a limited run last week, Capitalism goes wide on Friday, which »

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Biggest Doc Ever?

28 September 2009 4:20 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jose here with some box office news. Reuters is reporting that Michael Jackson's This Is It has broken advance ticket records all over the world.

The documentary/concert film spans the rehearsals of Jackson's eponymous "comeback" that would've taken place in London before the entertainer's sudden death.

In cities like Los Angeles and New York, fans waited outside in line for days before the tickets went on sale yesterday morning. In Tokyo, the film sold $1 million in advance tickets. With the undying passion of Jackson fans could this eventually become the highest grossing documentary of all time? This genre hasn't been particularly lucky in the money making department.

The highest grossing documentaries stand as follows:

1. Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore) $119,194,771

2. March of the Penguins $77,437,223

3. Earth $32,011,576

4. Sicko (Michael Moore) $24,540,079

5. An Inconvenient Truth $24,146,161

6. Bowling for Columbine (Michael Moore) $21,576,018

7. Madonna: Truth or Dare $15,012,935

8. Religulous $13,011,160

9. Winged Migration $11,689,053

10. Super Size Me $11,536,423

(numbers courtesy of Box Office »

- Jose

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Michael Moore Interview on Capitalism A Love Story

26 September 2009 12:00 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Chuck The Movie Guy recently interviewed documentary director Michael Moor on the upcoming film “Capitalism: A Love Story” by infamous documentary filmmaker Michael Moore (Sicko, Fahrenheit 9/11). The film hits theaters on October 2, 2009. Film Synopsis: Michael Moore returns to controversial territory with this documentary examining the events that lead to the global financial crisis. Bob and Harvey Weinstein executive produce the film, but won’t be involved in its distribution, with Moore opting instead to deal with Overture Films and Paramount Vantage. - Jeremy Wheeler, All Movie Guide Stay tuned to Shockya.com for the latest movie news and more from “Capitalism: A Love Story” and Michael Moore. »

- Brian Corder

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Michael Moore Administers "Capitalism" Punishment

25 September 2009 8:24 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

It's been 20 years since Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore -- then just a regular working-class Joe from Flint, Mi -- effectively and literally changed the face of documentaries today with his masterful debut, "Roger and Me." Armed with a camera, a microphone and a liberal agenda to confront the greedy capitalist swine responsible for devastating the auto industry workforce in his hometown, Moore went from being the little guy to the most well-known personality in nonfiction cinema today. He entertainingly set his aims on the firearms debate in "Bowling for Columbine," won the Palme d'Or at Cannes for taking George W. Bush to task in "Fahrenheit 9/11" and sought a cure for the horrors of the health care biz in "Sicko."

Though his man-and-bullhorn techniques haven't changed drastically in his latest bit of muckraking, "Capitalism: A Love Story," Moore moved quicker than ever to expose a subject that's hurting every American: the economic crisis. »

- Aaron Hillis

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Review: ‘Beer Wars’

24 September 2009 8:53 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

After watching Anat Baron’s new documentary, ‘Beer Wars,’ you are sure to want a cold one.  An expert of the business and former general manager of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Baron has an insider’s mindset when it comes to the world of alcoholic beverages and the corporate environment that surrounds them.  Her film not only covers the big corporations of the beer industry, Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors, it sets its sights on the little guys, the companies that are struggling to survive in a market that is completely swamped.  And, what’s more, she does so with a confident eye for filmmaking that makes ‘Beer Wars’ every bit as entertaining as it is eye-opening.

Baron utilizes several different techniques to get her points across, but none of them feel forced.  She incorporates talking heads, found footage and even animation to express her ideas to the audience, and it all »

- Kirk

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Michael Moore Slips On Some Latex In Today's eBay Prop-Watch

22 September 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Does that headline scare you away or intrigue you? If it's a little bit of both, then my job here is done. Keep reading, secure in the knowledge that I'd never post anything overtly offensive or stomach-turning here... without warning you first.

Today's eBay Prop-Watch pick was selected in honor of "Capitalism: A Love Story." Michael Moore's latest op-ed-in-motion, dealing with the ongoing financial crisis, the factors that led to it and the prognosis moving forward, hits theaters this Friday. The Prop-Watch pick actually has nothing to do with "Capitalism"; it is instead a bit of leftover coolness from the filmmaker's previous effort, "Sicko." That latex bit makes more sense now, right?

See? Completely harmless. What we have here is a promo photo from "Sicko" signed by Moore. It's on the pricey side, with a Buy It Now price of $89.95, but it also includes a certificate of authenticity and »

- Adam Rosenberg

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Theatrical Trailer: Capitalism: A Love Story

22 September 2009 11:28 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, Bowling for Columbine) is back with another political agenda and this time it's the banks stealing money from the Us citizens in the form of 'Capitalism: A Love Story'. This trailer was released on Yahoo (where you can see the HD version). Rather than me try and explain the finer details of the story, I'll let the synopsis do the talking.... It's out in the Us 2nd October. No UK release date as yet. Trailer is after the jump.

Synopsis: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Years ago, that love seemed so innocent. Today, however, the American dream is looking more like a nightmare as families pay the price with their jobs, their homes and their savings. Michael Moore takes us into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington, »

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Contest Added! Win cool prizes from Michael Moore's 'Capitalism: A Love Story'

18 September 2009 6:11 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Enter the 'Capitalism: A Love Story' contest for a chance to grab some cool swag! Think you have a chance? Enter to win these fantastic prizes: The Prize Pack includes: (1) DVD Three Pack of Sicko, Fahrenheit 911, and Bowling for Columbine (1) Capitalism: A Love Story T-Shirt (1) Capitalism: A Love Story Mini-one sheet This contest is only open to anyone residing in the United States. Just send an email to reviews@moviejungle.com saying what your favorite Michael Moore film is and why and you're entered! »

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Michael Moore Discusses Capitalism: A Love Story

17 September 2009 1:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We take in a screening of Moore's new documentary plus a Q&A session after the film

In his 20-year career as a documentarian, Michael Moore has shown us things that many of us hadn't seen before... which are things that the higher-ups of America hadn't wanted us to see before. 20 years ago Moore made his debut with the hit documentary Roger & Me, but he shot to worldwide acclaim (and infamy, really) with the poignant documentaries Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11 and his most recent film Sicko, although I'm still partial to his least-visible film, his Roger & Me follow-up, Big One .

Moore has returned with a brand new documentary Capitalism: A Love Story, which will be released in New York City and Los Angeles on September 23, and will expand nationwide on October 2. I was invited to an advanced screening of the film ( to read my full review of the film), and »

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Contest: Win Great Prizes from Capitalism: A Love Story

16 September 2009 6:46 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Michael Moore's new documentary Capitalism: A Love Story will be released in New York and Los Angeles on September 23 and will roll out nationwide on October 2, some 20 years after his first film, Roger & Me. This new documentary about the economy will surely be a hot-button film, so we've put together a new contest to celebrate the film's release. We're giving away t-shirts and mini-posters from the film and also three-pack DVD sets with Moore's last three films, Sicko, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine. You know these prizes will surely go fast, so enter this new contest today!

Winners Receive:

- DVD Three Pack of Sicko, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Bowling for Columbine

- Capitalism: A Love Story T-Shirt

- Capitalism: A Love Story Mini-one sheet poster

to win theses big prizes today.

Capitalism: A Love Story will explore the root causes of the global economic meltdown and take a comical look »

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