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Steph Mont. says he hates movies but can't stop thinking about them. He hates movie critics as well, which is why he's been editing some of our film reviews and is planning on writing his own in the not too distant future.


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Paul Dano Wins & Loses, Transgender Winner: Film Critics Awards' Surprises

Paul Dano in 'Love & Mercy': San Francisco Film Critics' award winner and loser. Paul Dano: San Francisco Film Critics Awards winner & loser The big story at the 2015 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards is the surprising Paul Dano saga. The Love & Mercy actor both won and lost for the very same film role. But how could that be? Well, enough San Francisco Film Critics saw fit to nominate Dano in two categories for their annual awards. Generally speaking, there's nothing wrong with that; it happens every now and then. But not for the same role. Ah, that ever elusive line separating a lead performance from a supporting one. What's a critics' group to do? Anyhow, Paul […]


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Paul Dano Wins & Loses, Transgender Winner: Film Critics Awards' Surprises



New York Film Critics Awards Boost Lesbian Romance & Kristen Stewart Oscar Chances

New York Film Critics Awards: Best Film winner is the lesbian romance 'Carol,' starring Cate Blanchett. 2015 New York Film Critics Awards have enlivened Oscar race Catching up with previously announced awards season winners that will likely influence the 2016 Oscar nominations. Early this month, the New York Film Critics Circle announced their Best of 2015 picks, somewhat unexpectedly boosting the chances of Todd Haynes' lesbian romantic drama Carol, Clouds of Sils Maria actress Kristen Stewart, and László Nemes' Holocaust drama Son of Saul. Below is a brief commentary about each of these NYFCC choices. 'Carol' Directed by Todd Haynes, starring two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, Blue Jasmine) and Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon […]


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New York Film Critics Awards Boost Lesbian Romance & Kristen Stewart Oscar Chances



European Film Awards Double Winners: Charlotte Rampling, Michael Caine

2015 European Film Awards winners and nominations Best European Film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. En Duva Satt På En Gren Och Funderade På Tillvaron. Sweden, France, Germany, Norway, 96 min. Written and directed by: Roy Andersson. Produced by: Pernilla Sandström. Mustang. France, Germany, Turkey, 100 min. Directed by: Deniz Gamze Ergüven. Written by: Deniz Gamze Ergüven and Alice Winocour. Produced by: Charles Gillibert. Rams. Hrútar. Iceland, Denmark, 93 min. Written and directed by: Grímur Hákonarson. Produced by: Grímar Jónsson. The Lobster. U.K., Ireland, Greece, France, Netherlands, 118 min. Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos. Written by: Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou. Produced by: Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Victoria. Germany, 138 min. Written […]


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European Film Awards Double Winners: Charlotte Rampling, Michael Caine



Best Song Oscar Contenders: Latest James Bond In, But Few Top Movies

Best Song Oscar 2016 contender 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. 74 entries in contention for 2016 Best Song Academy Award 'Tis the season for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to announce the semi-finalists – in some instances, the semi-semi-finalists – for the Academy Awards. Today (Dec. 11, '15), the Academy released the list of songs eligible for the 2016 Best Song – or rather, Best Original Song – Oscar. There are 74 contenders, with titles ranging from “Happy” and “I'll See You in My Dreams” to “Hypnosis” and “Bhoomiyilenghanumundo.” Curiously, apart from the inevitable animated and/or kiddie flicks (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Anomalisa, Pan, Shaun the Sheep Movie, Home, […]


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Best Song Oscar Contenders: Latest James Bond In, But Few Top Movies



SAG Awards Nominations: Helen Mirren Double Dose, Surprises & 'Snubs' Galore

SAG Awards' surprise double nominee Helen Mirren as Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in 'Trumbo.' 2016 SAG Awards' nominations: Sylvester Stallone, Matt Damon 'snubbed' while Helen Mirren among surprising inclusions Screener issues (see further below) and online streaming possibilities hated by film exhibitors and the Hollywood Establishment were two of the ingredients found in the 2015–2016 awards season mix. That in turn has led to a number of surprising omissions and inclusions when the SAG Awards' 2016 nominations were announced on Dec. 9, '15. (Scroll down for the SAG Awards' full list of 2016 winners and nominees.) In the film categories, most of the usual suspects this awards season were shortlisted. Examples range from Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara for […]


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SAG Awards Nominations: Helen Mirren Double Dose, Surprises & 'Snubs' Galore



Best Visual Effects Oscar Contenders: Daring Tom Cruise & Destructive Dinosaurs In

Best Visual Effects Oscar contender: 'Jurassic World' dinosaurs competing with plane stowaway Tom Cruise. 2015 Best Visual Effects Oscar longlist: Spies, superheroes and GMO dinosaurs Today, Dec. 7, '15, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 20 movies are in the running for the 2016 Best Visual Effects Academy Awards. These feature just about everything, from tiny bugs, Tom Cruise, and Jennifer Lawrence to genetically modified giant lizards, groovily clad intergalactic stormtroopers, and (mostly) guys in Halloween costumes performing the usual eye-popping feats. Of the 20 movies listed below, ten will be selected as semi-finalists. These will be made public later this month. (See also: Best Visual Effects Oscar contenders of a decade ago.) Best Visual Effects […]


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Best Visual Effects Oscar Contenders: Daring Tom Cruise & Destructive Dinosaurs In



Online Film Critics: Rooney Mara (Absurdly?) 'Supporting Actress,' Kristen Stewart In

Online Film Critics Awards: Rooney Mara (pictured with Cate Blanchett) strangely listed in the Best Supporting Actress category for 'Carol.' Rooney Mara listed as supporting actress in Online Film Critics Society Award nominations The nominations for the 2015 Online Film Critics Society Awards have been announced. Although as much a lead in Todd Haynes' Carol as co-star Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara has been shortlisted in the Best Supporting Actress category. The Weinstein Company's campaign, widely criticized for promoting awards season (particularly Oscar) category fraud, seems to be working in the case of Carol. Yesterday, Mara was voted Best Supporting Actress at the New York Film Critics Online Awards. Not working so well is Focus Features' campaign for Tom Hooper's gender-bending […]


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Online Film Critics: Rooney Mara (Absurdly?) 'Supporting Actress,' Kristen Stewart In



Los Angeles Film Critics: Michael Fassbender & Charlotte Rampling Tops

Michael Fassbender in 'Steve Jobs': Los Angeles Film Critics' Best Actor. Michael Fassbender & Charlotte Rampling: Los Angeles Film Critics Awards The Los Angeles Film Critics Association's 2015 winners were announced on Sunday, Dec. 6. LAFCA is one of the two most influential critics groups – i.e., those whose decisions get at least some mainstream media mileage – in the United States. The other one is the much older New York Film Critics Circle, followed by the National Society of Film Critics. Five-decade movie veteran Charlotte Rampling,[1] who'll turn 70 next Feb. 5, was one of the day's big winners. Besides being selected Best Actress by the Los Angeles Film Critics for her performance in 45 Years, Rampling was also […]


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Los Angeles Film Critics: Michael Fassbender & Charlotte Rampling Tops





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