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Quiet, Creepy, Absurd, Home Wows Critics

Acclaimed French film makes US debut

(Newser) - Ursula Meier’s acclaimed Home, in which a family is driven insane by the new highway running past their idyllic country house, is opening in the US. Should you be excited? Critics say yes:
  • This is a “bewitching dream of a film,” says Sukhdev Sandhu of the Daily
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Broken Embraces 'Gorgeous and Seductive'

Almodovar's latest mixes noir with melodrama

(Newser) - Broken Embraces isn't quite up there with Pedro Almodovar's finest work, say critics, but the noirish tribute to '50s Hollywood looks fantastic and tells a compelling story.
  • "While it may not elicit the affection reserved for some of Almodovar's more heartfelt films," writes Claudia Puig in USA Today
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Credit Crunch Saps Funding for Indie Films

Drop-off in foreign rights sales leaves producers looking for cash

(Newser) - Independent film producers are losing a once-reliable source of funding, the sale of foreign-distribution rights. Traditionally, the demand for American movies has been so high that producers can sell the rights to distribute the film—in many cases, even before it’s finished—in order to cover costs. But the... More »

Katyn Horrific, Excellent

(Newser) - American art houses are finally getting a taste of Katyn, legendary Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s acclaimed film about the World War II-era massacre of the same name, and critics are heaping yet more acclaim on it. AO Scott of the New York Times calls it “solemn and searing,... More »

Slumdog Wins Big at Critics' Choice

Heath Ledger receives posthumous award

(Newser) - Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner at the Critics' Choice Awards last night, taking home five trophies, including best film and best director (Danny Boyle), MTV News reports. Heath Ledger, meanwhile, continued his posthumous honors, picking up best supporting actor (and a standing ovation) for his turn as the Joker... More »

Top Films of the Year

Foreign films rule among the year's best

(Newser) - With most year-end movie lists bask in the glow of award-season contenders, Dana Stevens grudgingly runs through her unranked, alphabetized top 10 on Slate, despite being "allergic to hierarchies, lists, and ranking."
  • A Christmas Tale: A French film about a crazed family that's "a glorious feast
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Best 2008 Movies You Probably Missed

Salon's critic's favorite flicks are an eclectic bunch

(Newser) - Behold: a top 10 movies list that doesn't include The Dark Knight. In a year that's hard to sum up, Stephanie Zarachek pulls together an eclectic mix of great flicks for Salon:
  • Even repeated viewings don't betray any flaws in Happy-Go-Lucky, a "luminous" tale of a London school
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Tell Everyone: Tell No One Is Great

France delivers excellent old-style Hollywood thriller

(Newser) - French thriller Tell No One has the critics rushing to tell the world how much they liked it. The fast-paced and thickly plotted adaptation of a novel by American writer Harlan Coben is "hot-blooded, haunting and packed with the pleasures of the unexpected," writes Peter Travers in Rolling ... More »

Oscars Tweak Nominations

Rules change in foreign language film, original song categories

(Newser) - After perceived snubs in the foreign language film nominations and complaints about the way Enchanted dominated this year's original song race, both categories will undergo "formidable" overhauls, an Academy honcho tells the Hollywood Reporter. "It will ensure that that the oversight that we had this past year would... More »

Jet Li Scores a Record $13M Payday

Action star's deal is priciest yet for a Chinese-language film

(Newser) - Action star Jet Li will bag $13 million for his role in the upcoming The Warriors, breaking his own salary record for an actor in a Chinese-language film. With Chinese films drawing more international attention, Li's fat paycheck comes from investors' confidence in him as a "guarantee" of the... More »

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