Washington DC Critics Salute "Slumdog Millionaire" 

Uh-oh, it's shaping up to be an unpredictable Oscar season!

Last year, "No Country for Old Men" took the top prize from most Critics award-giving bodies. On the road to Oscar 2008, we all could predict, easily I might add, that the Coen Brothers' masterpiece would be the clear winner.

This year? So far, "Slumdog Millionaire" is emerging to be the top contender, but "Frozen River" is not too far behind. There are just too many great films to put your bet on one solid flick!

Indeed, "Slumdog Millionaire" was the big winner at the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) awards, winning 4 including Best Film of 2008, Best Director for Danny Boyle, Best Breakthrough Performance for Dev Patel and Best Adapted Screenplay for Simon Beaufoy.

Mickey Rourke's performance in "The Wrestler" awarded him the Best Actor prize, while Meryl Streep's turn as a strict nun gave her her first WAFCA award for "Doubt."

One thing's for certain though, Heath Ledger will dominate the Best Supporting Actor category in most award-giving bodies. The late actor won that category at the WAFCA, while Rosemarie DeWitt won Best Supporting Actress for "Rachel Getting Married" from Sony Pictures Classics.

Wanna see the list of the winners? Click Read More and better start your tally sheets! Read More...

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My Favorite Films This Year...So Far!!! 

Okay, for all those hyper-negative talks about 2008 as not a good year for movies? Think again! This year is full of films with hope (“Milk”), passion (“The Wrestler”), heroism (“The Dark Knight”) and undying love (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”).

2008 is almost over, but I’m still not done catching up on upcoming releases, so this list is still a work-in-progress.

Some are Oscar-baits (“Frost/Nixon”), some are summer popcorn flicks (“Hellboy 2: The Golden Army”), and some are even scary movies (“The Strangers”).

But all the films in this list captured my imagination, my fears, and my hopes.

Before the year is over, I will narrow down this list. Off to the chopping block we go! And that breaks my heart, for it’s like throwing a great movie to give in for the year-end tradition of the Top 10 list.

We’ll talk about that later. For now, please see these movies on cable, on DVD, in theaters near you now, or coming soon!

Click Read More to see my list.

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"Four Christmases" Rings in Box-Office Cheer...Again! 

Call "Four Christmases" whatever you want -- predictable, cliched, boring, pedantic -- but American moviegoers are trying to laugh, and wanting to bring in the Holidays by putting the Vince Vaughn/Reese Witherspoon starrer back to No. 1 for the second week in a row!

The hit comedy rang up $18.2 million, raising its 12-day total to $70.8 million. So yes, Vaughn, with last year's "Fred Claus," is now officially the Holiday star. Sorry Tim Allen!

And get this, forget the economic crisis we're experiencing. The top 12 movies took in $77.5 million, a 6 percent increase from the same weekend last year!

Meanwhile, "Twilight" and "Bolt" continue to duke it out! The vampire romance took in $13.2 million to capture the second slot, while the Disney animated flick grabbed $9.7 million for the third spot.

The box-office feel good story of the weekend?

Ron Howard's excellent flick, "Frost/Nixon" opened huge in limited release, taking in $180,147 in just 3, THREE, theaters y'all!

Its per screen average? $60,049 per cinema compared to "Four Christmases'" $5,451 per theater average.

Watch "Frost/Nixon" when it opens in theaters near you, it's one of the year's best!

For now, take a look at the TOP 10 FILMS FOR WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 5, 2008: Read More...

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Ron Howard Interview for "Frost/Nixon" 
Director Ron Howard crafted one of the best films of the year with "Frost/Nixon." A humanizing portrait of the fallen president, loaded with great performances!


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Frank Langella Interview for "Frost/Nixon" 
Frank Langella gave one of the best performances of the year playing Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon. He's captivating, mesmerizing, and his performance humanizes the fallen president.


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