"War Horse" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does Steven Spielberg Deserve? 


I must admit that upon watching the first few minutes of “War Horse,” I was dubious about Steven Spielberg’s latest movie. I knew that I was entering the director’s territory with a film about the undying love between a boy and his horse and all the feel-good sentimentalities that come with it.


But I must also confess that by the end of the film, I could not help but cry with tears of joy. I tried to resist the Hallmark sensibilities of the movie but ultimately, Spielberg won. “War Horse” simply swept me away. Read More...

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"Drive," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Dominate London Critics' Circle Film Awards Nominations 


The London Critics' Circle has announced the nominations for its 32nd annual Film Awards, and "Drive" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" lead the pack with 6 nods each.

Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" received nominations for Film of the Year, British Film of the Year, Screenwriter of the Year, Actor of the Year (Gary Oldman), British Actor of the Year (Oldman) and The Sky 3D Award for Technical Achievement.

Nicholas Winding Refn's "Drive" is nominated for Film of the Year, Director of the Year, Actor of the Year (Ryan Gosling), Supporting Actor of the Year (Albert Brooks), The Moët & Chandon Award for British Actress of the Year and The Sky 3D Award for Technical Achievement.

We'll see if both "Drive" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" will triumph when the award winners are revealed on Thursday, January 19.

Here's the complete list of nominees for the 32nd Annual Film Awards (If you're interested to see the winners/nominees from other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

FILM OF THE YEAR
The Artist (Entertainment)
Drive (Icon)
A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
The Tree of Life (Fox)

The Attenborough Award:
BRITISH FILM OF THE YEAR

The Guard (StudioCanal)
Kill List (StudioCanal)
Shame (Momentum)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Mysteries of Lisbon (New Wave)
Poetry (Arrow)
Le Quattro Volte (New Wave)
A Separation (Artificial Eye)
The Skin I Live In (Fox/Pathé)

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Picturehouse)
Dreams of a Life (Dogwoof)
Pina (Artificial Eye)
Project Nim (Icon)
Senna (Universal)

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Asghar Farhadi - A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist (Entertainment)
Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life (Fox)
Lynne Ramsay - We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)
Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive (Icon)

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Asghar Farhadi - A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist (Entertainment)
Kenneth Lonergan - Margaret (Fox)
Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash - The Descendants (Fox)

The Virgin Atlantic Award:
BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER

Richard Ayoade - Submarine (StudioCanal)
Paddy Considine - Tyrannosaur (StudioCanal)
Joe Cornish - Attack the Block (StudioCanal)
Andrew Haigh - Weekend (Peccadillo)
John Michael McDonagh - The Guard (StudioCanal)

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
George Clooney - The Descendants (Fox)
Jean Dujardin - The Artist (Entertainment)
Michael Fassbender - Shame (Momentum)
Ryan Gosling - Drive (Icon)
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Kirsten Dunst - Melancholia (Artificial Eye)
Anna Paquin - Margaret (Fox)
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady (Fox/Pathé)
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)
Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn (Entertainment)

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Simon Russell Beale - The Deep Blue Sea (Artificial Eye)
Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn (Entertainment)
Albert Brooks - Drive (Icon)
Christopher Plummer - Beginners (Universal)
Michael Smiley - Kill List (StudioCanal)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Sareh Bayat - A Separation (Artificial Eye)
Jessica Chastain - The Help (Disney)
Vanessa Redgrave - Coriolanus (Lionsgate)
Octavia Spencer - The Help (Disney)
Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom (StudioCanal)

BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Tom Cullen - Weekend (Peccadillo)
Michael Fassbender - A Dangerous Method (Lionsgate), Shame (Momentum)
Brendan Gleeson - The Guard (StudioCanal)
Peter Mullan - Tyrannosaur (StudioCanal), War Horse (Disney)
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)

The Moët & Chandon Award:
BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR

Olivia Colman - The Iron Lady (Fox/Pathé), Tyrannosaur (StudioCanal)
Carey Mulligan - Drive (Icon), Shame (Momentum)
Vanessa Redgrave - Anonymous (Sony), Coriolanus (Lionsgate)
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)
Rachel Weisz - The Deep Blue Sea (Artificial Eye)

YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
John Boyega - Attack the Block (StudioCanal)
Jeremy Irvine - War Horse (Disney)
Yasmin Paige - Submarine (StudioCanal)
Craig Roberts - Submarine (StudioCanal)
Saoirse Ronan - Hanna (Universal)

The Sky 3D Award:
TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Manuel Alberto Claro, cinematography - Melancholia (Artificial Eye)
Paul Davies, sound design - We Need to Talk About Kevin (Artificial Eye)
Maria Djurkovic, production design - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (StudioCanal)
Dante Ferretti, production design - Hugo (Entertainment)
Alberto Iglesias, original score - The Skin I Live In (Fox/Pathé)
Chris King & Gregers Sall, editing - Senna (Universal)
Joe Letteri, visual effects - Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Fox)
Cliff Martinez, original score - Drive (Icon)
Robert Richardson, cinematography - Hugo (Entertainment)
Robbie Ryan, cinematography - Wuthering Heights (Artificial Eye)

The Dilys Powell Award:
EXCELLENCE IN FILM

Nicolas Roeg

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Southeastern Film Critics Love "The Descendants," Meryl Streep 


Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" continue to get love from film critics, this time, the Southeastern Film Critics Association honored the thought-provoking drama the Best Picture of the year at their annual awards. "The Descendants" also took home awards for Best Actor (George Clooney) and Adapted Screenplay.

Meryl Streep was given the Best Actress award for channeling Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." In the supporting acting categories, Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actor for "Beginners," while Janet McTeer took home the Best Supporting Actress award for "Albert Nobbs."

Martin Scorsese was given the Best Director award for his brilliant "Hugo."

Here's the complete list of winners (If you're interested to see the winners/nominees from other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

TOP TEN FILMS
The Descendants
The Artist
Hugo
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
Drive
Midnight in Paris
Win Win
War Horse
The Help

BEST ACTOR
Winner – George Clooney (The Descendants)
Runner-up – Michael Fassbender (Shame)

BEST ACTRESS
Winner – Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Runner-up – Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Winner – Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Runner-up – Albert Brooks, Drive

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Winner – Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Runner-up – Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

BEST ENSEMBLE
Winner – The Help
Runner-up – The Descendants

BEST DIRECTOR
Winner – Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Runner-up – Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Winner – Midnight in Paris
Runner-up – The Artist

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Winner – The Descendants
Runner-up – Moneyball

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Winner – Project Nim
Runner-up – Tabloid

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Winner – A Separation
Runner-up – The Skin I Live In

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Winner – Rango
Runner-up – The Adventures of Tintin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Winner – The Tree of Life
Runner-up – Hugo

The GENE WYATT AWARD
Winner – The Help
Runner-up – Undefeated

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Florida Film Critics Embrace "The Descendants," Michelle Williams 


Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" was the big winner at the Florida Film Critics Circle's (FFCC) annual awards receiving the Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley), and Adapted Screenplay.

No other film won more than two awards. For the Best Actor category, Michael Fassbender's emotionally raw performance in "Shame" was honored, while MIchelle Williams took home the Best Actress prize for her dazzling performance as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn."

Here's the complete list of winners (If you're interested to see the winners/nominees from other award-giving bodies, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):

Best Picture: "The Descendants"

Best Director: Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"

Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, "Shame"

Best Actress: Michelle Williams, "My Week with Marilyn"

Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, "Drive"

Best Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"

Best Adapted Screenplay: "The Descendants"

Best Original Screenplay: "The Artist"

Best Cinematography: "The Tree of Life"

Best Visual Effects: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

Best Animated Feature: "The Adventures of Tintin"

Best Documentary: "Project Nim"

Best Foreign Language Film: "The Skin I Live In"

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"Abduction," "Zookeeper" Among Movies That Want to Have Oscar Glory! See Full List from A to Z! 


The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced that there are two hundred sixty-five feature films eligible for the 2011 Academy Awards. And boy oh boy, the list is interesting. From "Abduction" to "Zookeeper" and everything in between, pretty much any film that opened in a movie theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, is eligible. Under Academy rules, each film must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

So "Shark Night 3D" is definitely eligible!

Here's the full list of productions eligible for the 84th Academy Awards:

A

ABDUCTION
Taylor Lautner. Lily Collins. Alfred Molina. Jason Isaacs. Maria Bello. Sigourney Weaver. Denzel Whitaker. Michael Nyqvist. Jake Andolina. Oriah Acima Andrews. Ken Arnold. Steve Blass. Derek Burnell. Ben Cain. Holly Scott Cavanaugh. Radick Cembrzynski. Richard Cetrone. Mike Clark. Jack Erdie. Rita Gregory. Tim Griffin. Nathan Hollabaugh. Mike Lee. James Liebro. Frank Lloyd. Christopher Mahoney. Emily Peachey. William Peltz. Elisabeth Rohm. Nickola Shreli. Victor Slezak. Antonique Smith. Roger Guenveur Smith. Adam Stanley. Art Terry. Ilia Volok. Cherokee Walker. Allen Williamson.

THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU
Matt Damon. Emily Blunt. Anthony Mackie. John Slattery. Michael Kelly. Terence Stamp. Donnie Keshawarz. Anthony Ruivivar. David Bishins. Lisa Thoreson. Florence Kastriner. Phyllis McBryde. Natalie E. Carter. Chuck Scarborough. Jon Stewart. Capt. Gregory P. Hitchen. Darrell James LeNormand. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Kar. RJ Konner. Susan D. Michaels. Gregory Lay. Lauren Hodges. James Carville. Mary Matalin. Amanda Mason Warren. Sandhi Santini. Laurie Dawn. Christine Lucas. Betty Liu. Jim Edward Gately. Don Hewitt, Sr.. Venida Evans. Kyoko Bruguera. David Gregoire. Julie Hays. Fabrizio Brienza. Kate Nowlin. Rob Yang. Jennifer Ehle. Johnny Cicco. Pedro Pascal. Michael Boyne. Sarah Bradford. Pete Epstein. Brian Haley. Kirsty Meares. Laura Kenley. Jessica Lee Keller. Kieran Campion.

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
Jamie Bell. Andy Serkis. Daniel Craig. Nick Frost. Simon Pegg. Toby Jones. Mackenzie Crook. Daniel Mays. Gad Elmaleh. Joe Starr. Enn Reitel. Tony Curran. Sonje Fortag. Cary Elwes. Phillip Rhys. Ron Bottitta. Mark Ivanir. Nathan Meister. Sebastian Roche. Kim Stengel. Mohamed Ibrahim. Sana Etoile.

AFRICAN CATS

ALBERT NOBBS
Glenn Close. Mia Wasikowska. Aaron Johnson. Janet McTeer. Pauline Collins. Brenda Fricker. Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Brendan Gleeson. Maria Doyle Kennedy. Antonia Campbell Hughes. Mark Williams. James Greene. Bronagh Gallagher. John Light. Serena Brabazon. Michael McElhatton. Dolores Mullally. Bonnie McCormack. Phyllida Law. Kenneth Collard. Judy Donovan. Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Emerald Fennell. Daniel Costello. Angeline Ball. Philip O'Sullivan. Katie Long. Katie O'Brien. Mark Doherty. Rhys Burke. Lauren Kinsella. Katie Ann McDonough. Kathleen Warner Yates. Cate Mac Gabhann. Antoinette Healy. Annie Starke. Cathy White. Malcolm Blacow. Lily Melcher. Lucie Melcher. Raul Riva.

ALOIS NEBEL
ANIMATION VOICEOVERS. Miroslav Krobot. Marie Ludvikova. Karel Roden. Leos Noha. Alois Svehlik. Tereza Voriskova. Jan Sedal. Miloslav Marsalek. Jiri Strebl. Marek Daniel. Klara Meliskova. Jan Vondracek. Karel Zima. Thomas Zielinski. Martin Mysicka. Marek Pospichal. Ondrej Maly. Simona Babcakova. Ivan Trojan. Vaclav Neuzil. Jan Holik. Tobias Jirous. Lenka Zogatova. Jan Nebesky. David Svehlik. Tomas Bambusek. Krystof Plasil. Marek Matejka. Lukas Kral. Stanislav Majer. Jan Jankovsky. Krystof Rimsky. Zuzana Stavna. Ondrej Jezek. Jan Zalud. Martin Bohadlo. Mardi. Pavel Turek. Miroslav Sedlbauer. Tomas Dianiska. Frantisek Kriz. Stepanka Ludvikova.

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED
Jason Lee. David Cross. Jenny Slate. Justin Long. Matthew Gray Gubler. Jesse McCartney. Amy Poehler. Anna Faris. Christina Applegate. Alan Tudyk. Michael Northey. Sophia Aguiar. Lauren Gottlieb. Tera Perez. Andy Buckley. Chad Krowchuk. Luisa D'Oliveira. Tucker Albrizzi. Nelson Wong. Michael Karman. Amber-Rochelle DeMarco. Marcela Caceres. Natalie Sutcliffe. Ian Harmon. Phyllis Smith. Read More...

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