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Peter Debruge’s Top 10 of 2009

30 December 2009 11:08 PM, PST | | See recent news »

A rough year, you say? Maybe for your 401(k). Hollywood raked it in, enjoying record box office numbers, while the indie and foreign lineup (though spread between fewer companies perhaps) yielded an unprecedented number of treasures. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I had such a hard time cutting my best-of list off at 10. Surveying my choices, I’m hard-pressed to find a common theme. In fact, if I didn’t know better, I might even wonder what kind of critic can love a G-rated Japanese-animated cartoon and Lars von Trier’s genital-mutilation opus in the same breath, or reconcile the esoteric with the popcorn populism of James Cameron’s Avatar. But there you have it. Of the 274 first-run and festival films I saw last year (that’s as many movies as qualified for Oscar consideration in 2009 - though not the same ones), the 10 best are »

- Peter Debruge

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The Cove Is Us Critics Groups’ Top Documentary

30 December 2009 12:09 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Louie PsihoyosThe Cove (above), about the annual slaughter of dolphins at a small Japanese village, has thus far been the various Us critics groups’ favorite documentary. The runner-up is Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story of Anvil, which has been referred to as This Is Spinal Tap for real. (However, there have been accusations that Anvil! isn’t technically a "documentary" as its chronology is supposed to have been twisted around for dramatic effect.) Of the seven documentaries listed below, only four have a chance of getting shortlisted for the 2010 Academy Awards: The Cove, Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc., James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo’s Every Little Step, and Agnès Varda’s The Beaches of Agnès. The others either were [...] »

- Steve Montgomery

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THR critics list top films of 2009

20 December 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

What strikes you about the individual lists of The Hollywood Reporter film critics' top 10 films for 2009 is the wide range of styles, genres and commercial appeal in these choices.

They run the gamut from the austere (the German-language "The White Ribbon") to the raucous (wild boys' language "The Hangover").

You get terrifically entertaining animation -- "Coraline," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "The Princess and the Frog" and "Up" -- as well as animation-tinged, science-fiction wonders such as "Avatar" and "District 9." And there are genuinely unsettling films, like the inner-city drama "Precious" or the dolphin-hunting documentary "The Cove."

Once again, no film appears on every list. That seems a tradition of ours. The films that do appear on five of the six lists are Kathryn Bigelow's war film "The Hurt Locker," Jason Reitman's road-movie satire "Up in the Air" and Peter Docter's ingenious "Up." Louie Psihoyos' "The Cove" just misses with four mentions. »

- By Kirk Honeycutt

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The Hurt Locker, Up In The Air Are the Big Winners in Houston

20 December 2009 12:25 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

There are no surprises, major or otherwise, in the Houston Film Critics Society’s list of the best 2009 had to offer. Critics’ faves The Hurt Locker (above) and Up in the Air won three prizes each. The former for best film, best director (Kathryn Bigelow), and best cinematography (Barry Ackroyd); the latter for best actor (George Clooney), best supporting actress (Anna Kendrick), and best screenplay (Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner). Other Houston winners matched those found in best-of-the-year lists compiled by other Us-based critics’ groups, including Carey Mulligan as best actress for An Education, Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre as best foreign language film, Pete Docter’s Up as best animated feature, Louie Psihoyos’s The Cove as best documentary, and Christoph [...] »

- Steve Montgomery

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Up In The Air Wins in Indiana

19 December 2009 12:03 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

George Clooney in Up in the Air (Dale Robinette / Paramount) The Indiana Film Journalists Association — I hadn’t heard of this group before — have also announced their list of winners. (Four of the Association’s nine members can be found at The Film Yap. I hadn’t heard about them because this is their first year giving out awards.) Will it influence the Oscars? Not really, but it’s interesting to see that Hoosier critics have gone their own way by choosing Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air as the best picture of the year, Louie PsihoyosThe Cove as best documentary, George Clooney as best actor for Up in the Air, Carey Mulligan as best actress for An Education. Most shocking [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Los Angeles Film Critics Winner The Beaches Of AGNÈS Returns to La

14 December 2009 3:53 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Cinema Guild will bring Agnès Varda’s Les plages d’Agnès / The Beaches of Agnès back to Los Angeles for an open-ended return engagement on Saturday, December 26, and Sunday, December 27, at 11 am at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and Playhouse 7 in Pasadena. Named the Best Documentary of 2009 (tied with Louie PsihoyosThe Cove) by the Los Angeles Film Critics, The Beaches of Agnès has also been included on the shortlist for Academy Award consideration in the Best Documentary Feature category. Additionally, The Beaches of Agnès was nominated for an European Film Award. From the Cinema Guild press release: Agnès Varda, whom A.O. Scott in The New York Times deemed “a treasure” when writing [...] »

- Michele Colbert

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'Avatar' tops N.Y. critics' picks

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

"Avatar" was named best picture by the New York Film Critics Online on Sunday.

"The Hurt Locker's" Kathryn Bigelow was voted best director, while "Inglorious Basterds" took four prizes, including a screenplay award for Quentin Tarantino.

The New York group -- not to be confused with the New York Film Critics Circle, which will announce its winners Monday -- hailed Jeff Bridges as best actor for "Crazy Heart" and Meryl Streep best actress for "Julie & Julia."

The supporting acting awards went to Chistoph Waltz of "Basterds," who also picked up the breakthrough performer award, and Mo'Nique for "Precious."

"Basterds" also earned a mention for Robert Richardson's cinematography.

"The White Ribbon" was named best foreign-language picture; "The Cove," best documentary; and "Up," best animated feature.

  Marc Webb was recognized for his directorial debut with "(500) Days of Summer."

Best film score was "Crazy Heart," with the award going to Steve Bruton, »

- By Gregg Kilday

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L.A. film critics honor Mo'Nique

13 December 2009 8:02 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

As the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. took a break in its annual voting Sunday afternoon, the awards to that point were widely scattered.

The best supporting actress award went to Mo'Nique for her portrayal of a deeply scarred, wildly dysfunctional mother in Lionsgate's "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."

Anna Kendrick was runner-up for her role of an eager though somewhat naive young businesswoman in Paramount Pictures' "Up in the Air."

As best supporting actor, Christoph Waltz as the wily Nazi colonel in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" from the Weinstein Co. took top honors. Peter Capaldi finished second for his portrayal of a foul-mouthed British government official in "In the Loop."

For best screenplay, comedy veering toward satire won the day.

Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner's screenplay for Paramount's "Up in the Air" was voted best screenplay. The film is a comedy about people »

- By Kirk Honeycutt

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Cinema Eye Honors 2010: The Cove Flooded with 7 Noms

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

The Cinema Eye Honors, my favorite awards ceremony after the Indie Spirits, has released the nominations in eleven categories with Louie PsihoyosThe Cove racking up a total of seven nominations . - The Cinema Eye Honors, my favorite awards ceremony after the Indie Spirits, has released the nominations in eleven categories with Louie Psihoyos’ The Cove racking up a total of seven nominations while 2nd place with four nominations each, we find Robert Kenner’s overrated Food, Inc., Anders Ostergaard’s miraculous Burma VJ and a pair of films that I'm sure many in the general public know nothing about in Darius Marder’s Loot and Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s October Country. Winners will be announced on the 15th of January. Loot (which got a "money back guarantee" from Hammer to Nail's Michael Tully) follows two WWII veterans and their guide across the »

- Staff

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DVD Review: ‘The Cove’ Captures Truths That Deserve Global Awareness

10 December 2009 12:44 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Ric O’Barry made the world fall in love with dolphins. He captured and trained the five dolphins used in the classic TV series, “Flipper.” But as he learned more about these extraordinarily intelligent, self-aware creatures, he became increasingly disturbed about the detrimental effects of their captivity.

And when one of the show’s star dolphins committed suicide in his arms, by refusing to inhale one more breath, O’Barry decided to dedicate the rest of his life to being an animal activist. His battles with the captivity industry lie at the heart of Louie Psihoyos’s “The Cove,” which was recently named the year’s best documentary by the National Board of Review.

DVD Rating: 5.0/5.0

Like “Man on Wire,” “The Cove” has the rhythm and urgency of a thriller, as its human subjects repeatedly put themselves in danger while trying to capture footage that couldn’t be retrieved legally. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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[DVD Review] The Cove

9 December 2009 3:55 PM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

An environmentalist wake-up call that plays more like a paranoid thriller, this uncompromising, exhilarating expose of the whaling industry's dirty little secret, which many are tipping as the front runner for next year's Oscar, is a head-striking apple fallen from the "We're all doomed" branch of documentary filmmaking. Heading up this team of activists and filmmakers is Rick O'Barry, a former dolphin trainer who has dedicated the latter half of his life to blowing the whistle on the barbaric, hushed-up activities of the tiny coastal town of Taiji, where some 23,000 dolphins are rounded up annually so a handful can be chosen by trainers for theme parks and the rest butchered for their meat.

It's something of a cruel irony for O'Barry that he is perhaps the man most directly responsible for the very practice he is now so desperate to stop, and one that he is all too painfully aware of. »

- Neil Pedley

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National Board of Review 2009: Carey Mulligan, A Prophet, The Cove

3 December 2009 1:03 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tahar Rahim in A Prophet National Board of Review 2009: Top Winners Other National Board of Review 2009 winners: Jacques Audiard’s tough prison drama A Prophet, a likely Oscar candidate in the best foreign language film category, was named best foreign-language film. Michael Haneke’s widely acclaimed The White Ribbon and Sebastian Silva’s The Maid, which earned star Catalina Saavedra a breakthrough performer Gotham award, were both listed among the year’s top five non-English-language features. Louie PsihoyosThe Cove, about the abuse and slaughter of dolphins, was named best documentary, while Pete Docter’s box-office hit Up was the best animated feature. The best actress winner was An Education’s Carey Mulligan (above), who’ll probably both win a bunch of critics’ prizes in the upcoming weeks and land [...] »

- Michelle Hutton

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Sin Nombre Takes Big Stockholm Film Awards

30 November 2009 8:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Director Cary Fukunaga's movie Sin Nombre was the toast of the Stockholm Film Festival in Sweden on Sunday, scooping three top awards.

Sin Nombre, about Honduran immigrants trying to make it to the U.S. border, landed the Silver House prizes for Best First Feature Film and Best Actor for its star Edgar Flores, as well as taking the Fipresci International Film Critics Prize for Best Film.

But the movie missed out on the 2009 Golden Horse for Best Feature Film - that went to Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth, about a dysfunctional family.

Actress Mo'Nique was named Best Actress for her role in gritty drama Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, while director Louie Psihoyos's documentary The Cove, about dolphin slaughter, was awarded the Silver Audience Award. »

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'Nombre,' 'Precious' top Stockholm nods

29 November 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Stockholm, Sweden -- Sundance faves "Sin Nombre" and "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" scooped the bulk of awards at the 20th Stockholm Film Festival, which wrapped up Sunday.

Mo'Nique won best actress for her powerful turn as an abusive mother in Lee Daniels' "Precious," a performance that has already put the actress on many handicappers' Oscar shortlist.

Cary Fukunaga's "Sin Nombre" picked up three of Stockholm's silver horse trophies: best actor for star Edgar Flores, best first feature film and the Fipresci International Film Critics Prize for best film.

"Now my professors will have to give me a good grade," Fukunaga joked, a reference to the fact that the feature, a story of Honduran immigrants trying to reach the U.S., was his film school graduating thesis.

  But the 2009 Golden Horse for best feature film went to "Dogtooth," a surreal look at a dysfunctional family from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. »

- By Scott Roxborough

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Exclusive Video: Brand New The Cove DVD Clip

24 November 2009 7:59 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We have a new exclusive clip from the highly-anticipated release The Cove, which will hit the shelves on DVD on December 8. Click below for our exclusive DVD clip, which first introduces us to the town of Taiji, Japan that this documentary explores deeper.

The Cove tells one of the most inspiring true stories of our time. When an elite team of activists, filmmakers and free divers embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Japan, they shine a light on a dark and deadly secret. This unforgettable story has inspired audiences around the world to action and raised hopes that thousands of the most magnificent wild animals on Earth can be saved.

Special Features:

- Audio Commentary with director Louie Psihoyos and producer Fisher Stevens

- "The Cove: Mercury Rising" - a mini documentary on the hazards of mercury in fish

- Behind-the-Scenes footage of »

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MovieWeb's 2009 DVD Holiday Gift Guide

24 November 2009 5:51 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Black Friday is approaching, fellow readers. No, I'm not talking about some sort of economic free-fall or any apocalyptic event that we might see in 2012. I'm talking about the shopper's paradise/nightmare that is the day after Thanksgiving, where all the hot holiday items are paraded about with slashed prices galore. While this day does wonders for your pocketbook, it takes a toll on your sanity with malls full of shoppers packed in like sardines, scurrying to complete their lists. We all know how trying these times are, so we here at MovieWeb are trying to make it a little easier on our readers. No, we won't be selling Blu-ray players for under $100, but we are compiling a tidy little list of our own complete with our top DVD buys of the season. Below you'll find a comprehensive guide to all of the hot titles that will be on the shelves this season, »

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‘Capitalism’ and ‘Anvil’ Fail to Make Best Documentary Oscar Shortlist

19 November 2009 9:15 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their list of the final group of 15 films that will contend for the Best Documentary Feature award this week, and with said announcement comes a twinge of bittersweetness. On one hand, the very powerful documentary The Cove -- a Sundance premiere that takes on the brutal killing of dolphins in Japan -- did make it to the final 15, as did the sensational SXSW pic Garbage Dreams and the incredibly fascinating food industry doc Food Inc. On the other hand, fan (and critic) favorite Anvil! The Story of Anvil -- the energetic, sad story of one of the most famous rock bands that you've never heard of -- was curiously missing from the list, as was multi-Oscar nominee Michael Moore's latest film Capitalism: A Love Story, a doc about our current financial crisis. While Michael Moore has had his date with Oscar, his »

- Neil Miller

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15 Documentaries Make the Oscar Cut

19 November 2009 5:02 AM, PST | | See recent news »

I’m sure if you analyze and dissect the rules for eligibility, you’ll find some kind of loophole that kept films like Capitalism: A Love Story, Anvil!: The Story Of Anvil, and Crude off this list of finalists for Best Documentary Feature.

Maybe it’s not based on eligibility at all.  Maybe those movies just didn’t make the cut, which, in my opinion, and a lot of other people’s, as well, is a shame.  This isn’t even taking into account some of the festival docs that didn’t make the cut, films like Pulling John, We Live In Public, and The Yes Men Fix The World.  Politics wins out once again (as if there was every going to be a question of it), and here are the list of 15 films that have moved on in the voting process:

The Beaches Of Agnes directed by Agnès Varda »

- Kirk

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15 Documentaries on Oscar Short-List; Anvil!, We Live In Public, and Capitalism Not Among Them

18 November 2009 9:37 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today released their list of the 15 films in contention for this year’s Best Documentary Feature Award.  Of these fifteen films, only five will be nominated for the award.  While there are some deserved, if unsurprising, inclusions such as Food Inc. and The Cove, what’s more interesting are the films that didn’t make the cut.  I am bummed that Anvil! The Story of Anvil didn’t make it in but I think those guys have finally achieved the fame that always eluded them and while an Academy nod would’ve been nice, this movie got out there and did its thing.  I’m more upset about the We Live in Public, which won the Grand Jury Prize award in the U.S. documentary category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  I get to see these smaller, independent films around »

- Matt Goldberg

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Oscar Doc Shortlist: The Cove & Food, Inc. In; Tyson & Capitalism Out

18 November 2009 9:07 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the 15 films that have made the shortlist for Best Documentary. Two of the most prised docs of the year made the list: Louie Psihoyos's The Cove and Robert Kenner's Food, Inc., as well as a few lesser known titles like Anders Ostergaard's Burma VJ and Matt Tyrnauer's Valentino: The Last Emperor. But surprisingly excluded were Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story and James Toback's Tyson. The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on February 2. Best Documentary Shortlist: The Beaches of Agnes Agnes Varda, director Burma VJ Anders Ostergaard, director The Cove Louie Psihoyos, director Every Little Step James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo, directors »

- Jason Guerrasio

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