"The Master" Lords Over Kansas City Film Critics 


More love for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." This time, the Kansas City Film Critics Circle showered the movie with the Best Film trophy and Best Original Screenplay for Anderson. But Anne Hathaway received love too! The actress has been collecting Best Supporting Actress awards for her wonderful performance as Fantine in "Les Miserables."

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2012 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards. For a complete list of winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:

Best Film
The Master

Robert Altman Award for Best Director
Ang Lee
Life of Pi

Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis
Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway
Les Miserables

Best Supporting Actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Master

Best Adapted Screenplay
Chris Terrio
Argo

Best Original Screenplay
Paul Thomas Anderson
The Master

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour
(Austria/France)

Vince Koehler Award for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy or
Horror Film

The Cabin in the Woods

Best Animated Film
Frankenweenie

Best Documentary
The Imposter

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"Silver Linings Playbook" Wows Detroit Film Critics 


The Detroit Film Critics Society has chosen David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" as the best picture of the year in their annual movie awards. The film also won Best Director, Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Robert De Niro. Anne Hathaway scored another award for Best Supporting Actress for "Les Miserables."

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2012 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards. For other winners/nominees of award-giving bodies this Awards Season, click here:

The 2012 Detroit Film Critics Society Awards

BEST FILM
Winner: Silver Linings Playbook

Argo
The Impossible
Take This Waltz
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST DIRECTOR
Winner: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Ben Affleck, Argo
Juan Antonio Bayona, The Impossible
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Sarah Polley, Take This Waltz

BEST ACTOR
Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

BEST ACTRESS
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Greta Gerwig, Damsels in Distress
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Michelle Williams, Take This Waltz

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Winner: Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike
Ewan McGregor, The Impossible
Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Winner: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Amy Adams, The Master
Ann Dowd, Compliance
Sally Field, Lincoln
Helen Hunt, The Sessions

BEST ENSEMBLE
Winner: Lincoln

Argo
Marvel’s The Avengers
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook

BREAKTHROUGH
Winner: Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Craig Zobel, Compliance

BEST SCREENPLAY
Winner: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Sarah Polley, Take This Waltz

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Winner: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

The House I Live In
The Imposter
The Queen of Versailles
Searching for Sugar Man

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"Les Miserables" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does the Movie Get? 


The transformation of the beloved Broadway musical, “Les Miserables,” into a big screen event is a daunting task. The filmmakers must satisfy the fans of the stage play and convince the non-believers. I can tell you now that the film adaptation stays true and improves on the Broadway production.

Like many fans, I have seen the Broadway play numerous times, yet I have not felt the story’s full impact until after I saw the movie version. What was once seemingly inferred on stage becomes highlighted on the big screen. The epilogue becomes much richer.

Big credit goes to Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) who made two important decisions for the film version. First, the movie is entirely sung-through which gives the adaptation an operatic feel. Second, the actors are encouraged to sing live-to-film to add passion to their singing style. The result is a true spectacle of a movie about hope and redemption.

Based on Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name, “Les Miserables” is a mesmerizing tale of broken dreams and unrequited love. Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, the enthralling story of Jean Valjean, played wonderfully by Hugh Jackman, is the film’s epicenter.

The actor endured small amounts of food and water and rigorous exercise routines in order to lose weight as the hunted Valjean. He is prisoner 24601 sent to jail for stealing bread. Upon his release, the moralistic policeman, Javert (Russell Crowe), takes it upon himself to make sure Valjean does not break his parole.

The ensemble’s commitment to the craft is truly what makes this movie work. Each and every one of the cast threw themselves into the role especially Anne Hathaway as the tragic factory worker, Fantine.

Hathaway’s signature song, “I Dreamed a Dream,” will make you cry hard. The story of a factory worker who becomes a prostitute in order to take care of her daughter, Cosette, will break your heart. Hathaway not only reclaims the song from Susan Boyle, she will also be honored by the Academy with a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

Crowe also did a good job as the ruthless inspector even though his songs are predominantly “talk songs.” Amanda Seyfried as the grown-up Cosette also belts it out and her character is the film’s beacon of hope.

Eddie Redmayne, who gave a memorable performance in last year’s “My Week with Marilyn,” is also game as Marius, the student activist who falls in love with Cosette. But the cast’s breakthrough performance comes from the relatively unknown Samantha Barks as Eponine.

Barks, who came from the reality TV ranks with the U.K. show “I’d Do Anything,” proves that she owns Eponine’s signature song, “On My Own.” If you didn’t know anything about the performer’s background, you would not think that this is her first film ever. Barks blends well with the rest of the cast.

The script by William Nicholson, adapted from Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s original stage musical, captures the story’s spectacle. It is also interesting to note that Hooper invited the original musical’s creator, including producer Cameron Mackintosh, be part of the creative team.

Hooper’s dream of creating a film version of “Les Miserables” is finally realized. The director’s visual grandeur is evident from the opening scene (“Look Down”) to the epilogue. “Les Miserables” is truly one of the best movies of 2012. Just a word of caution, bring lots of tissues because the movie will make you bawl your eyes out.

RATING: “LES MISERABLES” GETS 4 :4k KISSES

"LES MISERABLES" Interviews (click on the names to see full interviews):

ANNE HATHAWAY
HUGH JACKMAN
AMANDA SEYFRIED
TOM HOOPER
SAMANTHA BARKS
EDDIE REDMAYNE

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San Francisco Film Critics Pick "The Master" 


The San Francisco Film Critics Circle have chosen Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" as the best film of the year but gave the best director award to "Zero Dark Thirty's" Kathryn Bigelow. Joaquin Phoenix took home the Best Actor award for "The Master" while Emmanuelle Riva won Best Actress for "Amour."

Here's the complete list of winners of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. For a full list of winners/nominees this Awards Season, click here:

Best Picture
"The Master"

Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Actor
Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"

Best Actress
Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"

Best Supporting Actor
Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"

Best Supporting Actress
Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"

Best Adapted Screenplay
"Lincoln"

Best Original Screenplay
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Cinematography
"Life of Pi"

Best Film Editing
"Argo"

Best Production Design
"Moonrise Kingdom"

Best Animated Feature
"ParaNorman"

Best Documentary
"The Waiting Room"

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Chicago Film Critics Choose "Zero Dark Thirty"  


Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" won big at the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards taking home the Best Picture, Director, Best Actress (Jessica Chastain), Original Screeplay, and Editing trophies. Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" also did well winning Best Supporting Actor (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), Supporting Actress (Amy Adams), Cinematography, and Score. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" won Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards. For all the other winners/nominees of this Awards Season, click here:

BEST PICTURE
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lincoln
The Master
*** Zero Dark Thirty

BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck, Argo
Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
*** Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST ACTOR
*** Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

BEST ACTRESS
*** Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jason Clarke, Zero Dark Thirty
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
*** Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
*** Amy Adams, The Master
Emily Blunt, Looper
Judi Dench, Skyfall
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino
Looper by Rian Johnson
The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson
Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
*** Zero Dark Thirty by Mark Boal

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Argo by Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
*** Lincoln by Tony Kushner
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Silver Linings Playbook by David O. Russell

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
*** Amour
Holy Motors
The Intouchables
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Rust & Bone

BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Central Park Five
*** The Invisible War
The Queen of Versailles
Searching For Sugar Man
West of Memphis

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Brave
Frankenweenie
*** ParaNorman
The Secret World of Arrietty
Wreck-It Ralph

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln
*** Mihai Milaimare Jr., The Master
Roger Deakins, Skyfall
Greig Fraser, Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, Argo
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
*** Jonny Greenwood, The Master
Alexandre Desplat, Moonrise Kingdom
Alexandre Desplat, Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ART DIRECTION
Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Lincoln
The Master
*** Moonrise Kingdom

BEST EDITING
Willian Goldenberg, Argo
Alexander Berner & Claus Wehlisch, Cloud Atlas
Leslie Jones & Peter McNulty, The Master
Stuart Baird, Skyfall
*** William Goldenberg & Dylan Tichenor, Zero Dark Thirty

MOST PROMISING PERFORMER
Samantha Barks, Les Miserables
Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom
Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Tom Holland, The Impossible
*** Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

MOST PROMISING FILMMAKER
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods
Nicholas Jarecki, Arbitrage
Colin Trevorrow, Safety Not Guaranteed
*** Benz Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

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