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Metacritic's Top Films, Shows, Games of 2012

30 December 2012 10:06 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

With all the year's films now out in U.S. theaters, Metacritic.com has revealed what films and TV shows were the best of the year based on the aggregate scores of the top critics.

I've divided the lists into three sections - films, TV shows and major console games - specifically PS3 & 360. Check out the scores below:

Best Films

This list does Not include old film re-releases such as "Wake in Fright" and "A Man Vanishes". Films also have to have At Least ten reviews to be considered, which is why high scoring works like "Almayer's Folly," "The Gatekeepers" and "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" are not included.

"Zero Dark Thirty" - 95/100

"Amour" - 92/100

"This Is Not a Film" - 90/100

"Barbara" - 88/100

"Elena," "How to Survive a Plague," "The Kid with a Bike" - 87/100

"Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Lincoln," "The Master" - 86/100

"Holy Motors," "Looper," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Oslo August 31st, »

- Garth Franklin

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Metacritic's Top Films, Shows, Games of 2012

30 December 2012 10:06 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

With all the year's films now out in U.S. theaters, Metacritic.com has revealed what films and TV shows were the best of the year based on the aggregate scores of the top critics.

I've divided the lists into three sections - films, TV shows and major console games - specifically PS3 & 360. Check out the scores below:

Best Films

This list does Not include old film re-releases such as "Wake in Fright" and "A Man Vanishes". Films also have to have At Least ten reviews to be considered, which is why high scoring works like "Almayer's Folly," "The Gatekeepers" and "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" are not included.

"Zero Dark Thirty" - 95/100

"Amour" - 92/100

"This Is Not a Film" - 90/100

"Barbara" - 88/100

"Elena," "How to Survive a Plague," "The Kid with a Bike" - 87/100

"Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Lincoln," "The Master" - 86/100

"Holy Motors," "Looper," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Oslo August 31st, »

- Garth Franklin

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Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of 2012, Part Two

27 December 2012 1:47 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Hot on the heels of the wondrous 10 Most Overlooked Films of 2012 and the illustrious first look at The 10 Best Films of 2012 comes “The 10 Best Films of 2012, Part Two,” as rendered by Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com.

The best films of 2012 are a mixed bag, but there was incredible experiences in all of them, brought forth from a mix of old veterans, new voices and even debut filmmakers. There is less of the end-of-the-world theme of 2011 as if the end is near, let’s have a celebration. It continues to amaze me, now in my fifth year as a professional film critic, that the creative landscape continues to astound the senses and deliver the goods.

Of course there are several films that could have occupied the 10th spot on the list. They include the 2011 stragglers – “We Have a Pope” and “Footnote.” The notable documentaries – “The Central Park Five,” “Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry” and “Samsara. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Mitchell Block Direct: V1 Issue 3: Chasing Ice, Maggie Simpson, and the Academy Shortlisted Documentary Film Nominations

27 December 2012 12:30 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

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Chasing Ice  directed by Jeff Orlowski

Chasing Ice is the story of James Balog’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

In a year where the Short Listed Academy documentary features deal with issues ranging from sexual harassment in the military to the Catholic Church’s cover-up of sexually molesting children, Chasing Ice deals with arguably the most important issue proving that the ice caps are melting and that the warming of the planet will have a catastrophic effect.  But this is a year where the MPAA rating of a film about bullying school students has seemed to get the most press.  That’s a shame. Chasing Ice needs to be seen. It is the most important short listed documentary film of the year. Like Davis Guggenheim’s Al Gore PowerPoint presentation, this film is scary. With never-before-seen time lapse photography we can dramatically see the ice caps and giant glaciers shrinking. A chunk of ice the size of lower Manhattan crashes into the sea. The ice flows like a river into the sea. We all know that when the ice melts, it releases its fresh water into the sea and that the water will rise. In time a few feet.  Say good bye to land that several hundred million people live on. 

So what’s the problem?  They don’t have the press machine of Bob and Harvey Weinstein that makes a mountain out of an MPAA rating. Can the Oscar nomination go to the most important film? (could this paragraph go after next paragraph?)

But wait, there is more. This is a strikingly well made film. It has a compelling character, James Balog, who is giving his body to science and this cause. The cracks we hear are not chunks of ice but his knees disintegrating as he scales cliffs of rock and ice.  The filmmakers really are risking their lives making the film, the ice takes no prisoners, the small planes and helicopters regularly crash. The film unfolds with precision; we are moved and awed by the characters and the stunning photography.  The score is first rate as is the editing. This is a work that should be short listed but might be overlooked because it lacks the political coolness of some of the other films. This would be a shame.

The Filmmakers

Chasing Ice is directed by Jeff Orlowski, cinematographer for the Extreme Ice Survey, and an award-winning filmmaker. A Stanford University graduate, he has been working with Balog since 2007 and has shot over 300 hours of footage of Eis in the field. His work for Eis has screened on NBC, CNN, PBS, National Geographic, and hundreds of other venues around the world.

The film is produced by Paula DuPre’ Pesmen, the winner of the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary and 2010 Producers Guild of America ‘Producer of the Year’ for her role on The Cove. She has also served as producer on three Harry Potter films, Rent, and Mrs. Doubtfire. The film is also produced by Jerry Aronson, nominated for an Academy Award for the documentary The Divided Trail, and the director of The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg.

Credits:

Director/Producer: Jeff Orlowski

Producers: Paula DuPre’ Pesmen, Jerry Aronson

Executive Producers: David and Linda Cornfield

Writer: Mark Monroe

Cinematography: Jeff Orlowski

Music Composer:  J. Ralph

Editor, Mark Monroe

Production:  Diamond Docs (in association with)

Exposure Production, Exposure

Distributors (Us): Submarine Deluxe and National Geographic Channel  

Maggie Simpson a short animated film by David Silverman

The Longest Daycare is a four-and-a-half-minute-long animated 3D short animated film based on the animated television series The Simpsons.

Directed by David Silverman The Longest Daycare is one of my favorite short animated films short listed for the Oscar this year. Silverman, credited with creating the look of the Simpsons, has directed numerous episodes of this hit series. Daycare has no dialogue. It is hilarious in part because of its silent film style. It is smart and fun. Maggie is a delight. This short film is really special. Between the 3D, the super clever writing and the stunning animation style, it is one of the very rare animations that can be enjoyed by any audience. Silverman’s work deserves an Oscar.

Scored by Hans Zimmer, best known for his work on Hollywood blockbusters, the score references numerous films scores and adds another layer of meaning to this magnificent (really?) work. Silverman attended the University of Maryland College Park and studied animation at UCLA. 

Credits:

Directed by: David Silverman

Produced by: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Richard Raynis, Richard Sakai

Written by: James L. Brooks, Joel H. Cohen, Matt Groening, Al Jean, David Mirkin, Michael Price

Music by: Hans Zimmer, James Dooley (addition music)

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Running time: 4:30

Academy announces 15 feature documentary films shortlisted for the Documentary Film Nomination

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the short listed documentary features on December 3, 2012.  Under the new documentary branch rules all of the branch members as well as documentary nominees and award winners from other Academy branches could vote for the short listed films. About 180 Academy members participated.  Dropping the committee process where four committees would screen one quarter of the submitted films, Documentary Branch Governor Michael Moore pushed the branch to use a preferential voting system with all branch members and other qualified Academy members participating.  As this writer expected, works with a lot of hype, such as Bully, were short listed.  One can wonder how many members who voted for this film actually saw it. In addition to changing the short listing process, the branch demanded that films had to have been reviewed in either the New York Times or the Los Angeles Times.  Voters received 126 DVDs in the mail.  

A number of worthy films were omitted, as is always the case, including:  The Central Park Five  (directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon), West of Memphis (directed by Amy Berg), The Queen of Versailles, directed by Lauren Greenfield.   I also really liked Bad 25 (directed by Spike Lee) and Love Marilyn (directed by Liz Garbus). Samsara (directed by Ron Fricke) is the year’s best documentary for its sheer poetry

The Academy can choose to nominate up to three people. However, only the director has a lock on the nomination. Individuals credited as “Producer” are vetted by the Producer’s Guild. Each must prove that they did a majority of the producer roles. This is the third year that this rule has been in force.  Many of the films have multiple “producers” so it remains to be seen who will receive nominations. The decision of the Academy will be announced once the films are nominated.  This has been somewhat contentious in the past.

AMPAS rules follow:

The nominee(s) should be the individual(s) most involved in the key creative aspects of the filmmaking process.  A maximum of two persons may be designated as nominees, one of whom must be the credited director who exercised directorial control, and the other of whom must have a producer or director credit.  If a producer is named, that individual must have performed a major portion of the producing functions, in accordance with Academy producer criteria.  No more than two statuettes will normally be given in the Documentary Feature category.  All individuals with a “Producer” or “Produced by” credit on films that reach the semifinal round will automatically be vetted.  The Documentary Branch Executive Committee will determine which producers, if any, are eligible to receive an Oscar.  In the unlikely event of a dispute, filmmakers may appeal the committee’s decision.  In extremely rare circumstances, a third statuette may be awarded. Production companies or persons with the screen credit of executive producer, co-producer or any credit other than director or producer shall not be eligible as nominees for the motion picture.

The Short List: 

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, directed by Alison Klayman

Bully, directed by Lee Hirsch

Chasing Ice, directed by Jeff Orlowski

Detropia, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Ethel, directed by Rory Kennedy

5 Broken Cameras, directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi

The Gatekeepers, directed by Dror Moreh

The House I Live In, directed by Eugene Jarecki

How to Survive a Plague, directed by David France

The Imposter, directed by Bart Layton

The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, directed by Alex Gibney

Searching for Sugar Man, directed by Malik Bendjelloul

This Is Not a Film, directed by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi

The Waiting Room, directed by Peter Nicks

The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced at 5:30 am (Pst) on Thursday, January 10, 2013. The awards will be handed out on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Mitchell Block specializes in conceiving, producing, marketing & distributing independent features & consulting. He is an expert in placing both completed works into distribution & working with producers to make projects fundable. He conducts regular workshops in film producing in Los Angeles and most recently in Maine, Russia and in Myanmar (Burma).

Poster Girl, produced by Block was nominated for a Documentary Academy Award and selected by the Ida as the Best Doc Short 2011. It was also nominated for two Emmy Awards and aired on HBO. He is an executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Carrier, a 10-hour series that he conceived & co-created. Block is a graduate of Tisch School and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He is a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Television Academy, a founding member of BAFTA-la and has been teaching at USC School of Cinematic Arts since 1979. Currently Block teaches a required class in the USC Peter Stark Producing Program.

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Film Feature: The 10 Best Documentaries of 2012

27 December 2012 8:26 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Call me a critical cheater but I separated out documentary films from my traditional Best of 2012 but I don’t want to let the strong year for non-fiction film go un-recapped. The broad variety of documentary work in 2012 was incredibly notable from true crime stories to historical documents to stories of cities in crisis. Let’s hope 2013 is just as strong for the form.

10. “The Flat

The Flat

Photo credit: IFC

Arnon Goldfinger’s personal examination of his own family tree and how branches spread into Nazi history asks some questions that don’t have simple answers. When Goldfinger started to dig into his family past, he learned that his Jewish grandparents were incredibly close to a family who later became part of the Third Reich’s most important decision makers. And then they rekindled their friendship after the war. Were both side of this unique family friendship purely in denial? »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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"Argo," "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty" Lead Alliance of Women Film Journalists Nominations

26 December 2012 12:48 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists have chosen the nominees of their annual movie awards. "Argo," "Lincoln," and "Zero Dark Thirty" led the pack with all three films vying for the Best Film award.

Here's the full list of nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

Best Film

"Argo"

"Lincoln"

"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Director

Ben Affleck, "Argo"

Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"

Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Actor

Daniel Day Lewis, "Lincoln"

John Hawkes, "The Sessions"

Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin, "Argo"

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"

Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"

Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams, "The Master"

Sally Field, "Lincoln"

Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"

Best Adapted Screenplay

"Argo"

"Lincoln"

"Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Original Screenplay

"Amour"

"Moonrise Kingdom »

- Manny

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Ricky D’s 50 Favourite Films of 2012 (Part One)

22 December 2012 4:26 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2012 wasn’t a bad year for movies. It was actually a great year. The problem is, the movies we were most anticipating, specifically the Hollywood blockbusters like Prometheus and The Hobbit, didn’t live up to our expectations. With that said I still managed to make a list of 50 films I loved. Maybe I just have bad taste or maybe I just love movies but the most time consuming factor when making this list was sitting down and deciding what makes the cut and what doesn’t. Even with 50 films listed below, I found it hard to not include movies like Frankenweenie, The Loneliest Planet, Footnote, Compliance, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, and Searching For Sugar Man. Come to think of it, every film featured on our list of best documentaries could have easily snuck into this list. I haven’t seen everything of course. Below is »

- Ricky

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'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,' 'Bully' First Theatrical Releases to Win duPont Awards

19 December 2012 10:09 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Two documentary films were among the 14 winners of the 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, making them the first theatrical releases to be honored with the prize. USA Today also won its first duPont award. "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," Alison Klayman's profile of the Chinese artist-activist, and Emmy-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch's tale of schoolyard torment, "Bully," won alongside reporting from Current TV, CBS News, NPR, PBS's "Frontline" and USA Today. USA Today was honored for multimedia reporting on abandoned lead factories, and NPR's "StoryCorps" will win its first silver baton.  Five awards »

- Alexander C. Kaufman

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"Silver Linings Playbook" Wins Big at 17th Satellite Awards

17 December 2012 7:31 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" danced atop the 17th Annual Satellite Awards winning Best Picture, Editing, Director, Actor (Bradley Cooper), and Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). In the supporting acting categories, Anne Hathaway took home the Best Supporting Actress award for "Les Miserables," while Javier Bardem won Best Supporting Actor for playing the big bad in "Skyfall."

Winners were announced Sunday, Dec. 16, at the InterContinental Hotel at Century City in Los Angeles.

Here's the complete winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 17th Annual Satellite Awards (for a complete list of Awards Season winners/nominees, click here):

Motion Picture

Argo .

*** Silver Linings Playbook

Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Les MISÉRABLES

Skyfall

Moonrise Kingdom

The Sessions

Lincoln Dreamworks/Touchstone

Life Of Pi

Zero Dark Thirty

Director

*** David O. Russell -- Silver Linings Playbook

Ben Affleck -- Argo

Kim Ki-duk -- Pieta Drafthouse Films

Ben Lewin -- The Sessions

Steven Spielberg -- »

- Manny

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"The Imposter," "Searching for Sugar Man" Lead Cinema Eye Nominations!

11 December 2012 12:24 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

"The Imposter" and "Searching for Sugar Man" each received 5 nods from the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking. 31 features and 5 shorts will vie for the best of the best in documentary filmmaking. Check out the full list of nominees below including the Audience Award and Heterodox Award.

Winners of the 6th Annual Cinema Eye Honors will be announced on January 9, 2013 as Cinema Eye returns for a third year to New York City.s Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.

Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking

5 Broken Cameras

Directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi

Produced by Christine Camdessus, Serge Gordey, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi

Detropia

Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Produced by Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady and Craig Atkinson

The Imposter

Directed by Bart Layton

Produced by Dimitri Doganis

Marina Abramović The Artist is Present

Directed by Matthew Akers

Produced by Jeff Dupre and Maro Chermayeff »

- Manny

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2012 Film Festival Circuit A Launching Pad For Oscar Hopefuls

9 December 2012 8:27 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Joey Magidson

Film Contributor

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It’s been said that there’s more than one way to skin a cat (though I’d prefer it if everyone just stopped doing that altogether), and the same goes for launching an Oscar contender. Perhaps the most prestigious way to do so is an unveiling at a film festival. It’s a glamorous decision, even if it’s not always a winning one.

While it’s true that some Oscar hopefuls, mainly from the studios, opt to skip the festival route altogether, most contenders do launch themselves somewhere. And there’s a festival for each type of film. Whether it’s during Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, Venice or New York, plenty of potential awards players sink or swim starting at one of those festivals each year.

2012 is no exception, of course, with very few contenders skipping the festival circuit. The highest »

- Joey Magidson

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"Never Sorry," Or Boring Either

7 December 2012 7:55 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Republicans and grad students may never come to a consensus on what art actually is, but hopefully everyone can agree on what it is not: a platform for reinforcing what you already believe. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has taken this maxim to a logical but alarming end, deliberately provoking his own government with his artwork and outright challenges to its authority. Unique among revolutionaries, however, Weiwei is as notable for his technical craft as for his righteous anger and, first and foremost, his love of China and its people. As Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry makes clear, it is this last quality that defines him as an activist and artist.

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- Anders Nelson

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The PBS Winter/Spring Lineup Includes the Return of 'Downton Abbey' and 'Call the Midwife,' Premiere of 'The Central Park Five'

6 December 2012 9:54 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Any fan of repressed British emotional drama and period costumes knows that "Downton Abbey" is set to make its season three return to U.S. television on PBS on Sunday, January 6 at 9pm. But the new PBS lineup for winter and spring brings other welcome news. "Call the Midwife," a BBC medical drama set in 1950s East London and starring Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Cliff Parisi, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt and Vanessa Redgrave, will be back for a second season in March. Doc "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" will premiere via Independent Lens in February, as will "Girl Model," via Pov, in March and Ken and Sarah Burns' acclaimed "The Central Park Five" in April. Programming highlights are below (descriptions courtesy of PBS). Read More: 'Downton Abbey' Renewed for a Fourth Season Secrets Of Highclere Castle Sunday, January 6, 2013, 8:00-9:00 p.m. Et It may »

- Alison Willmore

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The PBS Winter/Spring Lineup Includes the Return of 'Downton Abbey' and 'Call the Midwife,' Premiere of 'The Central Park Five'

6 December 2012 9:54 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Any fan of repressed British emotional drama and period costumes knows that "Downton Abbey" is set to make its season three return to U.S. television on PBS on Sunday, January 6 at 9pm. But the new PBS lineup for winter and spring brings other welcome news. "Call the Midwife," a BBC medical drama set in 1950s East London and starring Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Cliff Parisi, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt and Vanessa Redgrave, will be back for a second season in March. Doc "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" will premiere via Independent Lens in February, as will "Girl Model," via Pov, in March and Ken and Sarah Burns' acclaimed "The Central Park Five" in April. Programming highlights are below (descriptions courtesy of PBS). Read More: 'Downton Abbey' Renewed for a Fourth Season Secrets Of Highclere Castle Sunday, January 6, 2013, 8:00-9:00 p.m. Et It may »

- Alison Willmore

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Best Documentaries of 2012 (Part One)

5 December 2012 7:08 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Once considered by many as either high art, propaganda or educational videos, documentary film has developed into a popular and visible form of entertainment, sometimes breaking into the mainstream, and often having a greater effect on society. Every year it seems more and more docs are produced and thus not even our hard working staff can manage to get around to watching them all. But we try our best, and so every year we publish a list of the docs that received high praise from our team. This year, the films appearing range from poetic, semi-expository, strictly observational, participatory, reflexive and even groundbreaking. Here are the 20 best documentaries of 2012, list in alphabetical order, with one special mention. Enjoy!

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5 Broken Cameras

Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi

5 Broken Cameras is a cinematic achievement, a homemade movie and an extraordinary work of political activism. Co-directed by Palestinian Emad Burnat and Israeli Guy Davidi, »

- Ricky

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National Board of Review Names Zero Dark Thirty 2012 Film Of The Year; Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow

5 December 2012 1:45 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Hot on the heels of the New York Film Critics Circle giving it their top prize, The National Board of Review (@NBRfilm) has followed suit and named Zero Dark Thirty the Best Film of the Year for 2012. .Zero Dark Thirty is a masterful film,. said Annie Schulhof, Nbr President. .Kathryn Bigelow takes the viewer inside a definitive moment of our time in a visceral and unique way. It is exciting, provocative and deeply emotional.. While these voters are not Oscar voters, it still worth noting that the Nbr went with Les Miserables as Best Ensemble. The Los Angeles FIlm Critics will be live-tweeting winners from their awards voting, kicking off at 10am Pst this Sunday. (@LAFilmCritics).

Below is a full list of the awards given by the National Board of Review:

Best Film:  Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director: Kathryn BigelowZero Dark Thirty

Best Actor: Bradley CooperSilver Linings Playbook

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, »

- Michelle McCue

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National Board of Review highlights 'Compliance' actress Ann Dowd and 'Zero Dark Thirty'

5 December 2012 12:12 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The National Board of Review chose Zero Dark Thirty as its best film, but it was the selection of a few out-of-the-box nominees that are most compelling — including a supporting actress nomination for character actress Ann Dowd’s work in the indie thriller Compliance.

Zero Dark Thirty, which also claimed the group’s best director prize for Kathryn Bigelow, can count this — along with the same wins at the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday — as a serious momentum-builder in the race for the Oscars. But ever since it began screening last week, the film has been heralded far »

- Anthony Breznican

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“Zero Dark Thirty” wins Best Film from National Board of Review – Oscars

5 December 2012 12:02 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Is “Zero Dark Thirty” going to be this year’s “The Social Network,” or “The King’s Speech?” Kathryn Bigelow’s searing, comprehensive docu-drama detailing the impossible hunt for Osama Bin Laden was named Best Film by the National Board of Review today, days after the New York Film Critics Circle handed the film the same award. (Bigelow, for the record, took Best Director from both groups, as well.) These are tremendous feathers in the cap of a film that expects to compete for Oscar gold as the campaign for nominations kicks into high gear. But as you likely recall, David Fincher’s “The Social Network” also collected most – if not all – of the pre-Oscar critics love … only to be shut down (for the most part) by Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” two seasons ago. Hooper could halt another critical darling if »

- sean@hollywoodnews.com (Sean O'Connell)

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Zero Dark Thirty Named Best Picture By The National Board Of Review

5 December 2012 11:49 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The National Board of Review has just unveiled their picks for best film achievements of 2012 and Zero Dark Thirty strikes again with another Best Picture win merely two days after it won the same honor from The New York Film Critics Circle. Kathryn Bigelow also takes her second victory as Best Director. Jessica Chastain, who has been receiving quite a lot of buzz for her performance in the film, has scored her first Best Actress win.

Silver Linings Playbook also received some attention, taking Best Actor for Bradley Cooper’s excellent performance, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay for David O. Russell. The film also was named as one of the additional Top Ten of the Year.

A few unexpected wins came in the Best Supporting Actor category, where Leonardo DiCaprio won for his performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, and in the Best Original Screenplay category, where Rian Johnson »

- Jeff Beck

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"Zero Dark Thirty" Tops 2012 National Board of Review Awards -- See Complete List of Winners

5 December 2012 11:39 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

And yet another win for Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty." It's beginning to look a lot like 2009 when the director's "The Hurt Locker" won pretty much every major award-giving body.

"Zero Dark Thirty" took home the Best Picture award and Bigelow was also named Best Director with Jessica Chastain receiving the Best Actress award.

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2012 National Board of Review Awards (the gala will be held in New York City on January 8th):

Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Supporting Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress: Ann Dowd, Compliance

Best Original Screenplay: Rian Johnson, Looper

Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Animated Feature: Wreck-it Ralph

Special Achievement in Filmmaking: Ben Affleck, Argo

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